University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies
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Contemporary Challenge of China (CCC)

The Contemporary China Challenges (CCC) Research Priority Area has a broad multi-disciplinary focus exploring some of the key challenges China faces culturally, socially environmentally and economically at the beginning of the 21st century. The current phase of development in China is an exciting opportunity for researchers of various sectors to study its challenges and opportunities. After almost 30 years of rapid economic growth and social development, China has become the world’s second-largest economy whose influence over global affairs is growing exponentially. The country has been transformed at a rate and on a scale perhaps unprecedented in human history. This transformation has brought huge benefits and opportunities but also significant challenges and risks both nationally and internationally. China’s recent announcements of New-Type Urbanisation Plan (NUP) in 2014 and the 13th five-year plan in 2016, indicate a new type of progress of growth and development in the forthcoming years. With these significant changes in mind, we anticipate further reforms, policy transitions and new development approaches that are yet to be holistically studied. This research group aims to explore China’s contemporary challenges to gain a clearer understanding of how this hugely diverse nation will continue to evolve and how it will deal with the complex challenges and opportunities it faces.

Some of the key areas covered are:

  • socio-cultural transformations
  • urbanisation
  • climate change and environmental degradation
  • challenges and opportunities of the growing middle class
  • economic inequality and uneven development
  • the rise of nationalism and identity politics
  • policy developments towards sustainable development.



A-Z listing

Ali Cheshmehzangi (Architecture and Built Environment)
Celia Lam (School of International Communications)
Christian Muller (School of International Studies)
Christopher B. Primiano (School of International Studies)
Cong Cao (School of Contemporary Chinese Studies)
David O’Brien (School of Contemporary Chinese Studies)
Du Ping (School of English)
Fang Yu (Ed/D)
Filippo Gilardi (School of International Communications)
Frithjof Arp( Nottingham University Business School China)
Geoff Hall (Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Grant Dawson (School of International Studies)
Greg Moore (School of International Studies)
Jing Bie (Department of Civil Engineering)
Lily Yu (School of International Communications)
Linjun Xie (PhD Candidate)
Maria Julia Trombetta (School of International Studies)
Maria Kosseva (Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering)
Paolo Di Giannatale (Nottingham
University Business School)
Peter Hoffman (Nottingham University Business School China)
Saileshsingh Gunessee(Nottingham University Business School China)
Sinchan Mitra(Economics)
Stephen Adriano-Moore (School of International Communications)
Tracey Fallon (School of Contemporary Chinese Studies)
Yat Ming Loo (Architecture and Built Environment)
Yi Wang(Nottingham University Business School China)
Yu Ting Tang (Department of Geographical Sciences)
Zhengxu Wang (School of Contemporary Chinese Studies)


Research Symposium: Contemporary Challenges of China, 26 May 2017

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