International Forum for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Inaugural Conference

“Post-Olympic China: globalisation and sustainable development after three decades of reform”

School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham

Policy Advisory Committee, China Western Returned Scholars Association

19-21 November 2008


Conference Background

China’s rapid emergence as a global economic power has created strong demand throughout the world for cutting-edge research and policy analysis on contemporary China. This international forum is to be established to bring together key research institutions, scholars, policy makers and industry leaders world-wide to form a platform aimed at facilitating the exchange of research and policy ideas related to China and its impact.

To mark the establishment of this Forum, the University of Nottingham, the Brookings Institution, the Policy Ad visory Committee of the China Western Returned Scholars Association as well as China Overseas Returnees Scholars Network are hosting an inaugural conference to be held 19-21 November 2008 at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

The University of Nottingham is a world-class university; its current ranking in the university league tables is top 10 in the UK and top 70 world-wide. The School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, including its China Policy Institute and the Confucius Institute, has become one of the largest and strongest research centres on Contemporary China in the UK and Europe.

Following this inaugural conference, an annual conference will be held in different parts of the world, including China, Europe and the United States of America.

Conference Themes

The central theme of the conference is the exploration of the dynamics, trends and policy issues affecting China’s sustainable development after three decades of reform. Scholars and PhD students are invited to submit papers to address, but not limited to, the following subjects:

I. Globalisation and China’s economic and business development

II. China’s rise and international relations

III. Roles of science and technology in China’s sustainable development

IV. Social justice, sustainability and policy interventions

Guest Speakers

Several leading figures have been invited to address the conference at the opening session. The list of invited guest speakers includes:

Other invited speakers include:

Conference organising committee

Professor Shujie YAO (Chairman, University of Nottingham)

Professor WANG Huiyao ( China Western Returned Scholars Association)

Mr. Richard PASCOE ( University of Nottingham)

Dr Bin WU ( University of Nottingham)

Conference secretary general, Dr Bin WU

Conference administrator, Miss Davina Malcolm


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All attendees should register online or send a completed registration form to the conference organiser by post or email. Standard registration fee is £95. A discounted rate for early registration is £70 for those who register before 31 July 2008. The registration fee for PhD students is £40.



Conference secretary general, Dr Bin Wu

General inquiry, abstract/paper submission, Miss Davina Malcolm, tel. 0044 115 8467769.

Specific inquiries and further details, Dr Bin Wu,