PGSS 2007 Leeds

China, Globalisation and Social Stratification

24 - 27 July 2007, University of Leeds, 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 Leeds and held from 24 to 27 July 2007 in Leeds. It aimed to enhance the research approaches and techniques of postgraduate research students and junior researchers.

Participants were from European universities and Worldwide Universities Network member universities outside Europe: Nanjing (China), Zhejiang (China), Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US), California at San Diego (US), Washington at Seattle (US), Wisconsin-Madison (US) and Pennsylvania State (US). A number of self-funded places were offered to research students and junior scholars from these institutions too.

The theme of the 2007 Postgraduate Summer School was China, Globalisation and Social Stratification. The main topics included:  
  • Sociological Approaches to Class and Social Stratification;
  • Urban Redundancy: Reproduction of Social Inequalities in China;
  • Hands-on methods training: (a) Conducting Fieldwork in China; (b) Literature searches in an online environment.

Useful Links


The handbook for PGSS 2007 is available here.


A detailed programme for PGSS 2007 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 2007 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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