PGSS 2008 Bristol

China, Europe and the World

14 - 18 July 2008, University of Bristol, UK

Financed by the European Union Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses and in collaboration with the Worldwide University Network (WUN), the 2008 Postgraduate Research Summer School was organised with the University of Bristol and held from 14 to 18 July 2009 in Bristol. It aimed to enhance the research approaches and techniques of postgraduate research students and junior researchers.

The theme of the 2008 Postgraduate Summer School was China, Europe and the World. The main topics included:
  • China's global and regional integration (including interaction with Europe);
  • Approaches to China's global integration: Political Economy, Development, Politics and Social Policy;
  • Methodologies: Comparative Methodology and Paradigm Shifts;
  • Hands-on methods training: (a) surveys, questionnaires; (b) using archival material.

Useful Links


The handbook for PGSS 2008 is available here.


A detailed programme for PGSS 2008 is available here.

Required Readings and Training Materials

All participants were required to prepare in advance for the programme. This meant completing the required readings before training sessions began. The reading lists are available here.


One of the funding requirements of the European Union Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses is that the organisers submit project and financial reports for each year. The reports for PGSS 2008 can be downloaded here.

University of Leeds

National Institute of Chinese Studies

University of Bristol

Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol

University of Oslo

Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo

Nanjing University

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