Professor Jane Duckett
- Professor - Edward Caird Chair of Politics (Politics)
Jane Duckett is Edward Caird Chair of Politics and Director of the Scottish Centre for China Research at the University of Glasgow. She is a Fellow of the British Academy (2016), the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2019), and the Academy of Social Sciences (2019). She is also a Guest Professor at Nankai University (Tianjin, China). In 2012 she received the Lord Provost of Glasgow Education Award. From 2014–2017 she was President of the British Association for Chinese Studies.
Prof Duckett's early research on the Chinese state under market reform included a book-length study, The Entrepreneurial State in China (Routledge, 1998). Since then, her research has been concerned with Chinese public policy. She has argued through studies of social welfare, poverty, unemployment and health policies, that the politics behind them and their enormous redistributive consequences made them central to the Chinese state’s post-Mao marketising project. Her monograph, The Chinese State’s Retreat from Health: Policy and the Politics of Retrenchment (Routledge, hdbk 2011; pbk 2013) drew on comparative political theory to explain the Chinese state’s retrenchment in health care provision between the 1980s and 2003. She co-edited (with Beatriz Carrillo), China’s Changing Welfare Mix: Local Perspectives (Routledge, 2011), a book that investigated China’s evolving social welfare provision. She has also published papers on the Chinese media's reporting of health reform, on public participation in policymaking in China, on how health care provision contributes to the Chinese Communist Party regime's legitimacy and on the influence of international ideas on domestic Chinese policy making.
Her most recent project, 'COVID-19: Understanding the Chinese Government's Containment Measures and their Societal Impacts,' was funded by the UK's National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council. Based on that project, she published an article (written together with Meixuan Chen and William Wang) on China's handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in The Conversation on 10 May, 2022.
Prof Duckett studied at Fudan University in Shanghai (1984–5 and 1987–8) and at Nankai University in Tianjin (1992–3). In the late 1980s she worked in the Shanghai office of the American law firm, Paul Weiss. She has also worked in China as a policy and social development consultant on a number of international aid projects. Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research, The Leverhulme Trust, British Council, British Academy, and the European Commission.
Able to comment for the media on
- Chinese politics and society, especially health, poverty and inequality, social policy.
- Contemporary China and Hong Kong.
Research contribution and service
- Director, Scottish Centre for China Research.
- Council Member, Economic and Social Research Council.
- Member, International Scientific Council, MERICS (Mercator Institute for China Studies).
- Member, Advisory Committee of the Universities Service Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
- Trustee, Swire Chinese Language Foundation.
- Panel Member, Subpanel 19 (Politics and International Studies), Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 (2020-22).
- Member, Executive Committee and Editorial Board of The China Quarterly (2011–21).
- Member of the Editorial Boards of Europe-Asia Studies and East Asia: An International Quarterly.
- International Dean (East Asia) at the University of Glasgow (2014–18).
- Member of Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Subpanel 27 (2011–14).
- Chair of the Social Sciences Sub-panel, Hong Kong Research Grants Council (2011–14).
- Co-editor of Politics, a journal of the UK Political Studies Association (2006–11).
Prof Duckett's research interests are in the redistributive consequences of China's health and social policies as well as in trying to understand policy making in this authoritarian political system.
NIHR & MRC, 'Covid-19: Understanding Chinese Government Containment Measures and their Societal Impacts', PI, with Ana Langer, Yajun Bao, Yingru Li, Holly Snape, Ting Luo, Hua Wang, Bastian Struve, Weinan Wang, Aofei Lv, Meixuan Chen, Hairong Wang. £333,963, 2020–2022.
ESRC & NSFC, 'Remaking Urban Neighbourhoods in China', with Ya Ping Wang (PI), Keith Kintrea, Rebecca Madgin, Julie Miao, Jing Yao and a team at Nankai University led by Sun Tao. £1 million (FEC), 2016–18.
‘DirectElectionsChina’, European Commission. With L. Dong. £237,023, 2015-17.
‘Expanding, Not Shrinking Social Programmes: The Politics of New Policies to Tackle Poverty and Inequality in Brazil, India, China and South Africa’, ESRC. ES/J012629/1. With James Manor (PI), Jude Howell, Anthony Pereira and Louise Tillin. £327,597 (FEC), 2012-16.
‘Rising Powers: Unequal Powers, Authoritarian Powers, Unstable Powers?’, ESRC. With Stephen White (PI), Neil Munro, and Ian McAllister. £577,174 (FEC), 2012-2016.
‘Performance evaluations, trust and utilization of health care in China: understanding relationships between attitudes and health-related behaviour’, ESRC. ES/J011487/1. PI, with Co-Is Kate Hunt, Neil Munro, Matt Sutton. £508,678 (FEC), 2012-2015.
'Local "Participatory Democracy" in China' (with Zhu Guanglei and Sun Tao), Hangzhou Development Research Centre, £10,000, 2011–2012.
'Publishing in Chinese Studies', a graduate research student and early career research training workshop organised by the Scottish Centre for Chinese Social Science Research Postgraduate Network, RCUK Roberts Funding, £1,950, 2010.
'Media Reporting of China's Health Reforms, 2005-09' (with Ana Langer), Adam Smith Research Foundation Seedcorn Fund and School of Social and Political Sciences, £2,800, 2009–2011.
Scottish Centre for Chinese Social Science Research Postgraduate Network Launch Workshop, Roberts Fund and Universities China Committee, £2,400, 2008.
'NGOs and the making of health policy in China', Leverhulme Research Fellowship, £18,710, 2006–2007.
'The Lessons of UK Health Reform for China', Universities China Committee, £1,450, 2006–07.
'Public attitudes to openness in East Asia and East Europe' (with W. L. Miller), ESRC, £244,943, 2002–2005.
Chinese Studies Strategic Change Grant (Associate Director of Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow joint programme), Scottish Funding Council, £780,000 (of which £90,000 for own contribution), 2000–05.
'Health Systems Reform: Financing and Governance', British Academy, £5,400, 1999–2000.
'The Political Economy of Health Insurance Reform in China', European Commission EU-China Research Fellowship Fund, €3,250, 1999.
'China's Welfare Reforms: Health and Maternity Insurance System Restructuring', British Council. Academic Link with China Scheme, £21,000, 1997–2000.
'Economic Liberalisation and the Politics of Welfare Reform in Urban China', British Academy, £3,430, 1997.
'Economic Liberalisation and the Politics of Wefare Reform in Urban China', Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Manchester, £3,290, 1996–7.
Scholarship for doctoral research fieldwork in China, British Council, 1992–3.
'Urban government under market reform', ESRC Doctoral studentship, 1991–4.
Jane is an experienced and enthusiastic supervisor. She welcomes enquiries and applications from students interested in doctoral research projects in contemporary Chinese government and public policy - e.g. health, education or anti-poverty policy. Applicants will need very good Chinese and English language skills, as well as training in contemporary Chinese studies or social science research. Jane's doctoral students benefit from a lively and welcoming research environment that includes the Scottish Centre for China Research.
- Edwards, David
Towards a Postcolonial Ecology: A Transfigurative Analysis of the ‘Critical Zone’ in China
- Xie, Zihui
Towards Integration: An Agent-Centred Approach on Chinese Pension System Change since 2014
- Ye, Ziqian
Why does China have a single citizenship policy, even though most countries have a dual citizenship policy, and the trend is even on the rise?
Jane's previous doctoral students have researched China’s village elections (Dr Wang Guohui, now Assistant Professor at Tianjin Normal University), environmental politics (Dr Tom Johnson, now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield), social policy (Dr Daniel Hammond, now a Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh), foreign economic policy in the ASEAN region (Dr Ariel Hui-min Ko, who went on to become a research associate at National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei), and UK SMEs doing business in China (Dr Carole Couper, now a Lecturer at Sheffield University), Chinese health politics (Dr Aofei Lv, who went on to a postdoctoral position at the University of Amsterdam), Chinese non-local chambers of commerce (Dr Hua Wang, now a Tutor at the University of Glasgow), and the Chinese media's reporting of domestic 'terrorist' incidents (Dr Bastian Struve, now a Tutor at the University of Glasgow).
- Level 2B: Comparative Politics (from 2021).
- Chinese Politics (Honours) (2022–23).
- Chinese Politics and Society (not 2022–23).
Selected recent lectures and presentations
'Pandemic Politics: What Have We Learned?' International Science Council, 21 November, 2021 (online).
'The Communist Party of China: internal reforms and legitimacy'. All-Party Parliamentary Group on China (Westminster, UK) on the CCP at 100, 15 June 2021 (online).
'COVID-19: The Chinese government's containment measures.' World Health Organisation’s Social Sciences Working Group, 21 July, 2020.
Keynote lecture at the Nordic Association for China Studies Annual Conference, University of Bergen, 13–14 June 2019.
'Explaining China's Social Welfare Development.' Keynote lecture at a conference on ‘Towards a new Chinese Welfare State – Perceptions of Distributive Justice in China’, Fafo, Oslo, 12–14 September 2018.
‘Explaining China’s 21st century social policies.’ Politics and International Relations seminar, University of Cambridge, 9 May 2018.
'China's Health System Challenges.' Guest Lecture at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, 27 March, 2018.
'International Influences on domestic Policy Making in China.’ Chun Tu-Hsueh Distinguished Lecture, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 26 January, 2018.