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Social Change and Transition in East Asia

Major social upheavals in China, like the rise of new poverty, new forms of social class formation (e.g. including cultural convergence of tastes, lifestyles and consumer preferences), and migrations constitute the pillars of interest of this cluster.

Heather Zhang researches processes of development and change in China. Development and policy issues and challenges such as poverty, inequalities, social exclusion, rural-urban transition, migration and social policy reforms are some of the key themes she is approaching from a gender perspective. Currently, Heather also investigates the development thinking and shifting discourses in China since the market reforms.

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Delia Davin investigates the problems of social change associated with economic development in China. She particularly focuses on issues connected to migration, gender, population control, and people trafficking. Delia is frequently interviewed on the World Service of the BBC on China’s population, the one child family policy, and migration and recently appeared on Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4).

The triangulate relationship between gender, work and organizational changes in China inform the research by Liu Jieyu who examines in detail, in her highly original book Gender and Work in Urban China (Routledge 2007), women’s experiences in the danwei during the pre-reform period through analysing the life histories of older workers. Currently, she is researching the aestheticisation of white collar work and exploring the impact of globalization and organizational changes upon young professionals in China. Jieyu has taught at the NICS Postgraduate Research Summer School and has been invited to speak on her research at various international conferences and workshops.

Hyun Bang Shin investigates urban and social transformation in East Asian countries, in particular in China and South Korea. Neighbourhood changes and their social impacts on low-income residents, as well as the development of community involvement in neighbourhood changes, and the consequences of hosting mega-events on urban poor residents' housing consumption form his research agenda. His work has been well received at international conferences in Cardiff and Seoul (both in 2007).

Further members of this cluster include: Beverley Hooper, Norman LongTang Ning, Jane Caple and Tom Bannister.