Changing health and welfare in China and the UK

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Project dates: 2015 to 2018

Welfare services in China are changing rapidly in response to social, economic and demographic changes. The project ‘Adapting the health and welfare system to a context of rapid change’ looks at the changing role of state and non-government actors in providing social services in China’s rapidly evolving welfare regime, and aims to promote mutual learning between officials and researchers in China and the UK. Despite historical, social and institutional differences, there is a degree of similarity in strategies emerging.

The project involves visits between Chinese officials and researchers and their counterparts in the UK, with the involvement of the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and Prof Jude Howell of the London School of Economics. They will discuss the different strategies at work in both countries, and reflect on their experiences together. We will also document the learning process to help understand how other such mutual learning partnerships could be improved.

Funding and timescale

This project started in 2015 and runs for three years. It is funded by the Newton Fund, launched in 2014 to support collaborations that promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries.

Project partners

Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China

Project team

  • Wang Chunguang – Director, Department of Social Policy, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
  • Fang Lijie – Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Department of Social Policy, Institute of Sociology, CASS
  • Wang Jing – Assistant Professor, Department of Social Policy, Institute of Sociology, CASS
  • Liang Chen – Assistant Professor, Department of Social Policy, Institute of Sociology, CASS
  • Gerald Bloom – ESRC STEPS Centre and Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, Institute of Development Studies, UK
  • Jude Howell – Director, ESRC Non-Governmental Public Action Programme, London School of Economics
  • Lewis Husain – Honorary Associate, Institute of Development Studies

Contact: g.bloom@ids.ac.uk

 

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