Seminar 14 February 2024 @4-5:30pm: Discussion on China's Platform Economy

Published: 2 February 2024

Speaker: Dr Hua Wang, University of Glasgow Room 129, Hetherington Building.

The online platform economy in China has grown to become one of the largest in the world, not only in raw numbers, but also in terms of proportion of the country's population. The rapid digitalisation has produced a sequence of societal and political effects, for example, employment structure, labour's rights, challenges to governance, etc. In this discussion we could focus on this topic (no formal presentation) and hope you can bring in your own observation and share your insights.

Led by Dr Hua Wang, Tutor in Politics. Dr Wang’s main research and teaching interests lie in the areas of business lobbying, state-society relations and the policy processes in authoritarian settings. Her current research focuses on local policy implementations of eldercare policies and central-local policy interactions in China.


Readings for reference :

McKnight, S., Kenney, M., & Breznitz, D. (2023). Regulating the platform giants: Building and governing China's online economy. Policy & Internet, 15, 243–265.

China Labor Bulletin, The platform economy,  , 21 Apr 2023

Lixing Li, Yiqing Mo & Guangsu Zhou (2022) Platform economy and China’s labor market: structural transformation and policy challenges, China Economic Journal, 15:2, 139-152, DOI: 10.1080/17538963.2022.2067685



The Scottish Centre for China Research is grateful for the support of the MacFie Bequest for its seminar series.

For further information, contact Professor Jane Duckett <>

First published: 2 February 2024

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