University funds joint social science projects with Fudan University


Collaborations between U-M and Fudan University in Shanghai, China, continue to expand as four joint research teams from the universities have won funding for social science projects, and two U-M faculty members have succeeded in securing travel grants for potential partnerships.

The research grants provide up to two years of support for social science research projects joining U-M and Fudan faculty and researchers. The travel grants allow U-M faculty and researchers to go to Fudan to meet possible collaborators and conduct exploratory discussions on joint research topics in the social sciences.

This is the first round of dedicated funding for the U-M-Fudan collaborations in the social sciences.  The multiyear funding program brings together and supports teams with diverse perspectives and areas of expertise to examine issues of an interdisciplinary nature.

The joint research projects being funded are:

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

• “Exploring Design of Mail Surveys in China” — Principal investigators are James Lepkowski, School of Public Health and Institute for Social Research; and Chan Zhang, Fudan University School of Journalism.

• “Hobbyist and Professional Maker Cultures in Urban China: Impact on sustainable living, learning & community building” — Principal investigators are Silvia Lindtner, School of Information; and Xianghua Ding, Fudan University School of Computer Science.

• “Socioeconomic Status and Health in China” — Principal investigators are Yu Xie, departments of Sociology and Statistics, and Institute for Social Research; and Weixiang Luo, Fudan University Institute of Population Research.

Exploratory travel grant recipients are Weiyun Chen of the School of Kinesiology, and Gregory Laurence of the UM-Dearborn School of Management.

The joint research effort is made possible by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, Institute for Social Research, and the Office of Research.

Tenured and tenure-track U-M faculty and researchers on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses are eligible to apply to either or both grant types. More information can be found at the International Institute’s website.

The research partnerships between U-M and Fudan are part of a broader relationship between the two institutions. Since 2005, the U-M-Fudan Joint Institute for Gender Studies has offered groundbreaking training programs to students and scholars from all over China and the world. U-M and Fudan have also supported joint research projects in the humanities. 



  1. Jason Zhang
    on November 20, 2014 at 6:14 am

    is there any funding avaibale to support UM students “study abroad ” in China?

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