Changes in China-The Fudan Lectures: Thurs 9 Nov 6pm

Join us to hear from two visiting professors from our Confucius Institute partner, Fudan University.  Each speaker will reflect on the impact of different aspects of recent changes in China on the wider society and economy. An outline synopsis from each speaker is below. This event will take place in the UoE Business School.  You can book your place here.


How Urbanization Changes China’s religious landscapeFAN Lizhu

Under Chinese government plans nearly 70% of the population will live in urban areas by 2035. The drastic urbanization has triggered massive demographic mobility in the past 30 years. This presentation will discuss how urbanization widely changes the religious landscape in China. Our preliminary findings are:

  • a large and unprecedented flow of population not only generates new economic and demographic dynamics, but also has great impact on the mode of religious development;
  •  religious group and belief connections play a functional factor to help migrants settle down and start new life in the cities;
  • new religious movements now develop their own features through urbanization.

The Green Development of China’s Economy – LI Zhiqing

China is experiencing serious environmental problems after almost 40 years rapid economic growth since 1978, which means China has to transfer to the green development in the near future. The lecture will discuss the topics including factors behind the environmental problem during these decade of economic growth, the current connection between environment and economy in China, the possible solutions for fixing the problem and how to achieve a new balance between the environmental and non-environmental sector.


FAN Lizhu 范丽珠 is Professor of Sociology at Fudan University. Director of Globalization and Religious Studies. As a pioneer scholar on the study of sociology of religion in China, she has engaged in historical and ethnographic studies of Chinese folk religious beliefs, sociological theories of religion, and the study of the trends of folk religious beliefs in modern Chinese society. Her most significant works include The Religion and Faith Transition of Chinese in the Contemporary Era: Field Research of the Adherents of Folk Religion in Shenzhen; China and the Cultural Sociology of Religion (co-authored with James Whitehead and Evelyn Whitehead); Sociology of Religion: Religion and China (co-authored with James Whitehead and Evelyn Whitehead). Academic articles include “Conversion and Indigenous Religions in China” (Co-authored with CHEN Na) in the Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion; “The Cult of Silkworm Mother as a Core of Local Community Religion in a North China Village” in China Quarterly, etc.. As an internationally recognized scholar, she taught at many distinguished universities, such as University of Chicago, University of California at San Diego, Lund University, Queen’s University, New School, Wabash College, University of British Columbia, Bergen University, University of Stockholm, University of Tokyo, etc.

LI Zhiqing is Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Economics, Fudan University. His research interests are: Environmental & Energy Economics; Public Economics; Political Economics; Economics of Climate Change; International Climate Policy; China’s Modern Economy

In addition to his current post, since 2006 he has held the post of Deputy Director, Center for Environmental Economic Studies and he is also Director of the Office of Professional Degree Program, all in the School of Economics, Fudan University.

For the period 2006-2009 he held the post of Director of the Shanghai Forum Office while from 2009-2011 he was Director of the Fudan Office at Yale University,

These talks will take place in the University of Edinburgh Business School in LT1A from 6pm.  After the talks and the Q&A session there will be a networking drinks reception. 

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