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.

Urban China Research Network recently co-sponsored a conference entitled “International Conference on China’s Urban Transformation and Restructuring.” The conference was held in Guangzhou during Dec. 13-15, 2013. Following UCRN board members participated in this conference: Kam Wing Chan, Debra Davis, Eric Fong, Chaolin Gu, Si-ming Li, Zai Liang, John Logan, Kristin Stapleton, Fulong Wu, and Weiping Wu. UCRN Co-Director John Logan delivered a keynote speech on the first day of the conference. UCRN also held a board meeting on Dec. 15 to plan for future activities. See the conference website here as well as detailed conference program.

Urban China Research Network is sponsoring another international conference on contemporary urban China research in Albany during May 9-10, 2014. Stay tuned