Report

Chinese Development: ECARDC 9


Ninth European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China - presentations now available

Overview

The conference, with the theme 'Rethinking Urban-Rural Interactions in China's Agricultural Development: Beyond the Urban Bias?' was held at the University of Leeds from 3-5 April 2009. Over 60 participants from the UK, Europe, China, Japan, Australia and North America participated. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Worldwide University Network (WUN); the Ford Foundation, China; National Institute of Chinese Studies, White Rose East Asia Centre; and the University of Leeds.

The conference debated the opportunities and challenges faced by Chinese agriculture and rural development today. Following 30 years of reform with huge growth and unprecedented social changes, including the rural-urban exodus of 200 million people, rural industrialisation, and the emergence of new social divisions, Chinese authorities are now seeking new directions for development in large-scale experiments focusing on urban-rural integration. The conference highlighted themes including agricultural policy, the impact and trajectory of urbanisation, land issues, food security, rural-urban migration, social welfare and anti-poverty efforts, livelihood, climate change and the environment, as well as the institutional responses to risks under the impact of globalisation.

Keynote speakers were Prof. Norman Long (Wageningen University, The Netherlands), Prof. Jonathan Unger Director of the Contemporary China Centre, Australia National University and Prof. Ye Xingqing of China Agricultural University and Director of the Department of Rural Economy, Research Office of the State Council, PR China.

The Conference programme is given later in this article. PDF versions of presentations are available in most cases. Papers are also available where indicated.

 

Conference Programme and Presentation Documents

Thursday 2 April 2009

Arrival of Delegates

Friday 3 April 2009

08:30--09:00: Registration and Conference Opening (Great Woodhouse Room)

09:00--10:30: Keynote Speeches (Great Woodhouse Room) Chair: Flemming Christiansen

Professor Norman Long

(Emeritus Professor of the Sociology of Development, Wageningen University, Adjunct Professor, China Agricultural University,Visiting Professor, University of Leeds, UK)

Reconfiguring the Chinese Countryside in the 21st Century: The Dynamics and Predicaments of Rural/Urban Livelihoods.

Professor Jonathan Unger

(Director, Contemporary China Centre, Australian National University)

Governance, Control and Identity in an Industrialized Community: Chen Village in the 2000s

Professor Xingqing Ye

(Director General, Rural Economy Research Department, Research Office of the State Council, PRC and China Agricultural University, Beijing)

The New Policy Initiatives on Urban-Rural Integration and the Related Debates.

10:30 - 11.00: Discussion.

11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea break

11.30-13.00: Parallel Panel (Great Woodhouse Room): Land and Social Conflict in China's Agricultural and Rural Development (Convenor: Peter Ho, Chair; Bettina Gransow) (Session summary )

Xiaoping Shi (Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China), Nico Heerink (Development Economics Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands) and Liu Tao (Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China) Water Property Rights or Land Property Rights: Which Matters? Case Study from Minle County, Gansu Province, P.R. China [see below]

Peter Ho (Centre for Development Studies, University of Groningen) Land Property Rights in China: Past, Present and Future. [see below]

Ran Tao (Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University-Lincoln Institute, Center for Urban Development and Land Policy) To Reallocate or Not: Considering the Dilemma for China's Agricultural Land Tenure Policy. [see below]

11.30-13.00: Parallel Panel (St. George Room) (Environment and Sustainable Development) Chair: Zhixiong Du

Elisabeth Simelton (School of Earth and Environment, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds) No noodles in Beijing. [see below]

Kurt Klein (Department of Economics, University of Lethbridge), Guanghua Qiao and Lijuan Zhao (Institute of Economics and Management, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University) Promotion of Water User Associations in Inner Mongolia: An Attempt to Increase Efficiency of Water Use by Farmer Participation. [see below]

Eva Sternfeld (Arbeitsstelle für Geschichte und Philosophie der chinesischen Wissenschaft und Technik, Technische Universität Berlin) Organic Food "Made in China". [see below]

13.00-14.00: Buffet lunch

14:00--15.30: Joint Panel (Great Woodhouse Room): Societal Responses to Risk in China's Agricultural and Rural Development (Convenor: Heather Zhang; Chair: Jennifer Holdaway)

Marianne Hester (School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol) Domestic Violence and the Countering of Social Risk in China [see below]

Bettina Gransow (East Asian Institute, Free University Berlin, Germany) Body as Armor: Health Risks and Health Consciousness of Rural Migrants in Urban China [see below]

Andrew Watson (School of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia) Social Security for Migrant Workers in China: Old-Age Insurance. [see below]

15.30-16.00: Coffee/Tea break

16.00-18:00: Parallel Panel: Societal Responses to Risk continued (Great Woodhouse Room) Chair: Björn Alpermann (Session summary [see below] )

Jac. A. A. Swart (University of Groningen) Science, Technology and Risks Perceptions in China's Agricultural Development [see below]

Peter Ho (Centre for Development Studies, University of Groningen) China's Gene Revolution: Risk and Technology in Chinese Society [see below]

Flemming Christiansen (Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds) Food Security and Risk: Balancing Agricultural Policy and Urbanisation Processes in China 1970-2009 [see below]

Heather Xiaoquan Zhang (Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds). Migration, Risk, and Livelihood Struggles in China [see below]

16.00-18.00: Parallel Panel (St. George Room) Rural Reconstruction, Chair: Li Xiaoyun

Kurt Klein (Department of Economics, University of Lethbridge) Yuanfeng Zhao and Ruijin Zhang (Institute of Economics and Management, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University) Explosive Growth in Dairy Production in Inner Mongolia: Satisfying the Needs for Information by Small Scale Dairy Producers in Inner Mongolia [see below]

Stig Thøgersen (Department of Asian Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark) Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide? A discussion of some Chinese rural reconstruction projects. (Paper) [see below]

Saturday 4 April 2009

09:30--11:00: Parallel Panel (Great Woodhouse Room): Land and Social Conflict continued (Convenor: Peter Ho, Chair: Johanna Pennarz) (Session summary [see below] )

Chun Zhang (Peking University, Beijing) The Impact of Property Rights on Living Quality in the Chinese Inner City: A Case Study of Hutong and Siheyuan houses in Beijing [see below].

Zhu Peixin and Futian Qu (College of Public Administration, Nanjing Agricultural University) Rural Residential Land Property Rights System: Status, Conflict and Reforms Perspective in China [see below]

Yongjun Zhao (Centre for Development Studies, University of Groningen) "The Paradox of Land Ownership in the Market Economy: case study of a commune village in southern China". [see below]

09:30 - 11.00 Parallel Panel (St. George Room) Urbanisation and Rural-urban Migration (Chair: Delia Davin)

Hui Xu (Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE) of Ecoles Normales Supérieures Lettres et Sciences Humaines (ENS-LSH), France) Return Migrants and Local Occupational Engagement in Rural China: A case study of Wu Wei County. [see below]

Claude Saint-Pierre (Tercia Consultants, France), Sylvie Dideron and Rita Merkle (Independent Consultants associated with Tercia) New Challenges of Rural Development Projects in a Context of Rural-Urban Migration: Comparative Approaches in China and Europe [see below]. (paper [see below])

Lisa Eklund (Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden) De-masculinisation of agriculture’ – exploring the impact of rural-urban migration on son preference in rural Anhui [see below]

11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea break

11:30-13:00: Parallel Panel: Rural Politics (Convenor, Björn Alpermann, Chair: Peter Ho) (Great Woodhouse Room)

Ruining Xue and Louis Augustin-Jean (University of Tsukuba, Japan) The Nature of the Cooperatives in China: The Paradox of the Implementation of the New Regulation on Cooperatives (2006) in Lishi County (Shanxi Province).

Christian Göbel (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.) Intergovernmental Relations and Policy Failure in China: The Case of the Rural Tax and Fee Reform [see below].

Scott Waldron (School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, The University of Queensland, Australia) The Modernisation of Agricultural Marketing in China: Institutional and Logistic Challenges in the Case of Fine Wool Marketing in the Western Pastoral Region [see below]. (paper [see below] )

11:30-13:00: Parallel Panel: (St. George Room): Land and Social Conflict continued (Convenor: Peter Ho, Chair: Nicola Macbean) (Session summary [see below] )

Nico Heerink (Department of Economics, Wageningen University) and Xiaoping Shi (Nanjing Agricultural University) Land Property Rights and Land Requisition Reforms: Two Case Studies in Jiangxi and Jiangsu Provinces, PR China [see below].

Stephan Piotrowski (Institute for Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim, Germany) and Christian Böber (University of Hohenheim) Inequality in a Typical Chinese Rural County: A Village-level Analysis. [see below]

Wen (Grace) Yan and Yueming Xu (Agricultural University of Hebei, China) and Kurt Klein (Department of Economics, University of Lethbridge) Transfer of Land Use Rights in China: An Exploratory Case Study in Hebei Province. [see below]

13.00-14.00: Buffet lunch

14:00--15:30: Parallel Panel: Rural Politics continued (Convenor, Björn Alpermann, Chair: Xiande Li) (Great Woodhouse Room)

Louis Augustin-Jean (University of Tsukuba, Japan) The Reorganization of the Sugar Industry in China in the Context of Globalization: Insights from Guangxi Province [see below].

Björn Alpermann (Würzburg University, Germany) Constructing a Cotton Market in China [see below] .

Graeme Smith (Contemporary China Centre, The Australian National University, Canberra) Franchising the State: Farmers, Agricultural Technicians and the Marketization of Agricultural Services.

14:00--15:30: Parallel Panel (St. George Room) - Rural Social Welfare Chair: Heather Zhang (Session summary [see below] )

Zhixiong Du (Institute of Rural Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing) Path to Balanced Development between Urban and Rural Areas: Providing Rural Residents with Equitable Public Services. [see below]

Michael Wilson (School of Education, University of Leeds) Addressing Urban-Rural Inequality in China's Basic Education Provision: From Policy Formulation to Effective Implementation. [see below] (Paper) [see below]

15.30-16.00 Coffee/Tea break

16:00--17:30: Parallel Panel: Rural Politics continued (Convenor, Dr Björn Alpermann, Chair: Stig Thøgersen) (Great Woodhouse Room)

René Trappel (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) Commodification of Land in Rural China: Changing Patterns of Land Usage in Laixi and Suining [see below]

Jesper Willaing Zeuthen (Roskilde University, Denmark) and Michael Griffiths (University of Leeds, UK) Contesting Boundaries of Authority: Chengdu's Urban-Rural Integration [see below]

Lewis Husain (Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds) Local Policy Innovation in Building a Rural Healthcare System in China.

16:00--17:30: Parallel Panel (St. George Room) - Rural Transformations, Chair: Flemming Christiansen

Xiande Li and Shihai Wang (Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing) Urban-rural Disparity in Access to Public Goods and Policy Adjustments. [see below]

Xiaoping Shi (Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China), Max Spoor (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands) and Chunling Pu (Xinjiang Agricultural University, China) Shifting Livelihood Strategies of Small Cotton Farmers in Southern Xinjiang [see below]

Wencui Zhang (Hebei University, China) and Kurt Klein (Department of Economics, University of Lethbridge, Canada) The Role of Rural Women in Production and Domesticity in China. [see below]

18.30 Conference Dinner, Red Chilli Restaurant, Great George Street, Leeds)

Sunday 5 April 2009

09:30- 11.00: Panel (Great Woodhouse Room) - Emerging scholars (Convenor, Lewis Husain, Chair: Andrew Watson)

Kathleen Buckingham (Oxford University Centre for the Environment) Reframing Bamboo: A Political Ecology Approach to the Feasibility of Bamboo Certification for China [see below]

Yuqin Huang (Department of Sociology, University of Essex) 'Jump out of the agricultural gate' (Tiao chu nong men): 'Hukou' Conversion and Gendered Distribution of Household Resources for Children in an Inland Chinese Village (1950s-2006). [see below]

Cheryl Geslani (University of Hawaii at Manoa) Uncovering Tricholoma Matsutake Harvester Livelihood in Yunnan Province, China [see below]

Yu Cui (Department of Project and Regional Planning, University of Giessen, Germany) Urbanization and Rural Industrialization in China. [see below]

11.30-12.00: Coffee/Tea break

12.00-12.30: Announcement of time, venue and organizer of ECARDC X followed by discussion (Great Woodhouse Room)

12.30: Close of Conference followed by buffet lunch

 

Related Links

  • Downloadable copy of final conference programme [see below]
  • Conference Participants [see below]
  • Group Photograph [see below]
  • ECARDC website
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