The Centre brings together researchers specialising in China in universities across Scotland. Its distinctiveness and strength in research come from its multi-disciplinary range, pulled together currently into three strategically significant and cognate areas:

Governance, Public Policy and International Politics

This cluster brings together expertise in:

  • Chinese public policy and governance (Duckett, Munro)
  • Environmental sociology (Bluemling)
  • Poverty and housing (Wang, Hammond)
  • China’s international politics and foreign relations (Ogden and Taylor)
  • Chinese media studies (Philo)

 Doctoral student research in this cluster examines:

  • Health policy (Lv)
  • Business associations (H. Wang)

Projects include:

  • ESRC Standard Grant Scheme, ‘Performance evaluations, trust and utilization of health care in China: understanding relationships between attitudes and health-related behaviour’, £508,678. Duckett, PI, with Munro, Hunt (MRC) and Sutton (Manchester), 2012-15
  • ESRC Rising Powers Grant, 'Rising Powers: Unequal Powers, Authoritarian Powers, Unstable Powers?' £574,174. White, PI, with Munro, Duckett, and McAllister (ANU), 2012-15.
  • ESRC Rising Powers Grant, ‘Expanding, Not Shrinking Social Programmes: The Politics of New Policies to Tackle Poverty and Inequality in Brazil, India, China and South Africa’ £327,597.  Manor, PI, with Duckett, Tillin, Pereira, Howell. 2012-15.
  • EuropeAid, European Environmental Governance Programme, 'Public participation in environmental governance: the Jiaxing Model and it applicability in Zhejiang Province,' Euros 420,000. Partnership of Center of Environmental Education and Communications of Zhejiang Province with European Foundation for Social Quality, University of Glasgow (Munro), University of Leeds, Zhejiang University and Zhejiang Gongshang University, 2012-14.

International Economic Relations, Business and Law

This cluster brings together Glasgow expertise in:

  • Chinese trade, banking and finance (Schenk)
  • Competition law (Furse)
  • Economic growth and development, corporate investment and finance (Ding)
  • The influence of networking behaviour on the internationalization process and strategies of Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (Tang)
  • Employee branding in Chinese organisations (Zhang)

Doctoral student research in this cluster examines:

  • Networking strategies for Scottish SMEs in China (Couper)
  • Anti-monopoly law (Z. Wang)
  • Merger control law (Y. Li)

Collectively this research grouping focusses on the experience of economic transformation on the evolution of Chinese business and entrepreneurial practices, and on understanding the implications for Scotland/UK of China’s developing banking and financial services sector and international trade.

Projects include:

  • ESRC Small Research Grant Scheme, 'Understanding Enterprise Investment in China' £74,420. Ding, 2009.
  • Adam Smith Research Foundation (ASRF) Seedcorn Fund Projects Award, 'Strategies for Success of UK Banks in Emerging Markets: A Case Study of HSBC in China'. £1990. Zhang, 2012.
  • New Zealand Postgraduate Study Abroad Award (NZPSAA), 'Contemporary Leadership Approaches in Chinese Enterprises' NZ$4000. Zhang, 2009.

Arts and Humanities

This cluster encompasses research interests across the University of Glasgow. This includes Harrison's interest in Eastern philosophy and research in Chinese art history led by Professor Nick Pearce, who has strong links with Scottish and UK museums and galleries. As part of this, the School of Culture and Creative Arts (SCCA) is developing its relationship with Christie's in London, one result being a joint PhD pathway in Chinese Art. 

Doctoral student research in this cluster examines:

  • Patterns of collecting (Knittler)
  • Art exhibitions (Steuber)
  • Design (Y. Wang)
  • Criticism (Hu)
  • Conservation (Lu)