Michigan-Fudan Collaboration in the Social Sciences: 2015 Progress Report

In order to foster more faculty and student collaboration and exchange between Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and the University of Michigan, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at U-M invites U-M faculty and research scientists to submit proposals for either 1) short-term exploratory travel to Fudan or 2) joint research proposals with Fudan faculty.

Any U-M faculty members and research scientists (not just LRCCS faculty) who would like to apply for this funding can go to the LRCCS website for more information:

Recently, LRCCS received progress reports from some of the 2014 funding recipients:

Examining the Local Management Practices of the Housing Provident Fund Program in Three Selected Chinese Cities
Principal investigators: Lan Deng, U-M Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning; and Qianjin Hao, Fudan University Center for Housing Policy Studies (and Jie Chen, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics).

It seems that due to the concern on the anti-corruption movement, government officials have become reluctant in sharing their work with us. We will work on on this in year two, making good use of the contacts we have already made...

Exploring Design of Mail Surveys in China
Principal investigators: James Lepkowski, U-M School of Public Health and U-M Institute for Social Research; and Chan Zhang, Fudan University School of Journalism.

Overall, we are satisfied with our progress, and we are confident about carrying out the study successfully. We are very excited about this research and the opportunity to contribute to the scientific literature describing mail survey methodology in China, and eventually compare it to findings in the US.