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.
The Urban China Research Network is beginning to plan for a conference to be held at Brown University on May 8-9, 2015. Similar to the conference that we held in Albany last month, this conference will be based on papers presented by current doctoral students -- from any country and any discipline. A limited number of papers will be selected by the UCRN advisory board, and a board member will be assigned to comment on the paper in advance and to discuss the paper in person at the conference. UCRN will cover the local expenses for presenters; their institutions will be asked to handle travel to and from Providence. Watch for a conference announcement soon!