The UK-China Early Career Researcher (ECR) Consortium of Future Rural Studies (CFRS) is a platform for ECRs (broadly defined, including research students) to foster interdisciplinary and cross-boundary research collaboration in sustainable food, agricultural and rural development. The overall aim of the CFRS is to develop a global-local knowledge system for ECRs working with multiple stakeholders to address global challenges in food security and rural transition in China and the global south. In particular, it aims to:

1) foster the exchange in challenge-oriented research and the sharing of good practices;

2) promote systematic thinking and methodological innovation for better understanding of the complexity, resources and innovative opportunity at grassroots communities;

3) facilitate communication and collaboration between ECRs and stakeholders across sector and national boundaries for funding applications, high quality publications and social impact in poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihoods, entrepreneurship and community development.

The above aims are addressed through institutional partnerships, mentoring schedules, methodological salons, roundtable meetings, and other suitable channels. Three strands are available for ECRs to participate in:

1.sustainable food and agricultural transition;

2.innovation base for industrial revitalisation; innovation and entrepreneurship.

The CFRS is hosted at Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) and led by Dr. Bin Wu, Senior Research Fellow of Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI), part of the University of Nottingham (UoN).

Founding Institutions of the CFRS:

  • University of Nottingham (UoN)

  • James Hutton Institute (JHI)

  • China Agricultural University (CAU)

  • University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)