MANIFESTO IN CHINA: MOVING AND NON-MOVING PICTURES

Photos and video of the Manifesto discussion in Beijing, held at Tsinghua University in March, are now on the website. Take a look for some top academics’ takes on innovation, sustainability and development in China and across the globe. There are lots more videos, reports and documents at www.anewmanifesto.org, which also includes the full text…

LOW-CARBON INNOVATION IN CHINA – QUESTIONING THE RULES OF THE GAME

By Dr Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre member How do we create more low-carbon societies? It’s clear that “top down” and “bottom up” forms of innovation will both have a role to play, but what will be the balance between the two? A new report, “Game-changing China: Lessons from China about Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation” contains…

BLOG FROM THE WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTH ECONOMICS, BEIJING

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member ‘Harmonising health and economics’ sounds like a tall order, nonetheless it is the title of this year’s World Congress on Health Economics being held in Beijing. Our colleagues from Future Health Systems and POVILL, Samantha Reddin and Adrijana Corluka, are blogging live from the event, and have already covered…

EVENT: CHINA AND GLOBAL HEALTH MARKETS – CO-OPERATION OR COMPETITION?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As we enter the ‘industrious and practical’ Chinese Year of the Ox, the country is emerging as a significant player in global health markets. Margaret Chan has recently become the first Chinese national to lead a UN agency with her appointment as Director-General of the WHO, and on 21…

THE IMPACT OF GLOBAL FINANCIAL TURMOIL ON CHINESE VILLAGES

By XIAOYUN LIANG and ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre From 29 November to 2 December 2008, we went to two villages in Tianmen county, Hubei province, in the middle of China. The aim was to revisit the field site of the STEPS Centre Rethinking Regulation project, to check the preliminary findings from the first visit in…

GLOBAL CRISIS: WHOSE PERSPECTIVE? WHO PAYS?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The global financial crisis sparked by the world’s rich will have the poor paying the highest price, wrote one UK newspaper columnist this week. Meanwhile the United Nations was calling for this crisis to be used positively – to refocus of the world’s economy on a Green New Deal….

CHINA RURAL REFORMS: WHAT IS A HOUSEHOLD?

ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member reports with our partners professor Ding Shijun and Dr Chen Chuanbo on the challenges of conducting research in China’s changing rural areas In rural transitional China many households include absentees who live and work in urban centres and send money back to their families in the village. These individuals are…

ANOTHER WORLD IS INEVITABLE?

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member, reports from the Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Beijing Thirty years ago, the idea that the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) would be held in China would have been inconceivable, but the fact that civil society organisations from all across Europe, Asia and other areas of the world have come together…

RURAL REFORM IN CHINA: SETTING FARMERS FREE?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member On the day that the UK has nationalised some of its biggest banking institutions, China has announced bold new proposals to free up the way 700 million peasants can use state-owned land. The plans, announced by the Communist Party yesterday via the Xinhua news agency, could allow farmers to…

ANOTHER SIDE TO CHINA’S OLYMPIC DREAM

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member   The eyes of the world are focussed firmly on China as the Olympic Games get into full swing. A television audience of a billion souls witnessed the unrivalled razmatazz of Beijing’s opening ceremony in the space-age ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium, in a city seemingly full of dazzling architecture and…