The Urban China Research Network (UCRN) promotes multidisciplinary research through international conferences, exchanges of faculty and students, establishment of working groups, and seed funding for new projects. Network members are at work on research projects ranging from urban morphology to the dynamics of rural-urban migration to issues concerning housing, crime and changing family structure within China.
UCRN was initiated in 1999 by researchers at the University at Albany, SUNY. Major research funding by the Andrew Mellon Foundation made it possible to organize a series of conferences and working groups and to sponsor a small grant program that supported over 100 young scholars during 2000-2005.
UCRN is now supported by many institutions and senior scholars around the world. The co-directors are Zai Liang (University at Albany) and John R. Logan (Brown University). Infrastructure support is provided by the University at Albany (Center for Social and Demographic Analysis) and Brown University. The steering committee includes scholars from University College London, Hong Kong Baptist University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Sun Yat Sen University, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Fudan University, and Shanghai University. The senior advisory committee represents a wide range of interests, including sociology, geography, history, economics, anthropology, political science, demography, and planning.
Spotlight: UCRN co-director Zai Liang and steering committee member Steven Messner, Cheng Chen, and Youqin Huang edited book "The Emergence of a new urban China: insiders' perspectives" has been awarded “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2012 from Choice.
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Professor Li Hou from Jilin University gave a presentation on Urbanization in China in May 2013