SPS team lead research into China's Covid19 containment measures

Published: 21 April 2020

Prof. Jane Duckett, Dr Ana Langer, and Dr Holly Snape plus colleagues win UKRI research grant to understand the Chinese Government's containment measures and their societal impacts

Congratulations to Professor Jane Duckett, Edward Caird Chair of Politics and Director of the Scottish Centre for China Research, who will be leading a team to investigate the containment measures that the Chinese Government have used in the fight against coronavirus, and the societal impact of them. 

The team of 12 includes the School's Dr Ana Langer and Dr Holly Snape, plus researchers in the Scottish Centre for China Research, working alongside one from Manchester Metropolitan University, another from Peking University and several other Chinese colleagues.

The research has received £334,000 from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and will span 18 months. The project will analyse Chinese social media and policy documents as well as carrying out fieldwork in four parts of China – the Chinese capital, Beijing; the centre of the outbreak, Hubei province; the neighbouring province of Anhui; and the international hub of Guangdong, which borders with Hong Kong. 

It aims to understand:

  • the full range of measures taken by the Chinese government;
  • how they were communicated to the Chinese population;
  • the effects – positive and/or negative – upon urban and rural populations;
  • how the public responded to the measures;
  • and whether public responses fed back to change policies.

On the project outcomes, Jane said 'The result will be important and novel resources, mapping and assessing Chinese containment measures and their societal impacts that will be communicated and updated regularly for national and international governments and organisations attempting to tackle Covid-19 around the world.



First published: 21 April 2020

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