Conference: “The Next Wave of Chinese Urbanization: Impact on Economic Growth, Urban Governance and the Built Environment within and beyond China”
Bing Wang (Graduate School of Design)
Bing Wang (GSD) will organize a conference at the Harvard Center Shanghai examining and speculating on potential new trajectories for China’s next wave of urbanization, including debates and discussions of the challenges and opportunities for China’s new leadership in urbanization policy, the consequential impact of directional shift on China’s built environment, both urban and rural, and the empirical applicability of urban governance paradigms on China’s sustainability, global competitiveness, and social stability. Participants will include leading practitioners and policy makers involved in China’s urban governance, urban planning and design, investment and policy making.
Conference: “Proposed Harvard Center Shanghai Symposium: Education and the Development of Civic Consciousness in China”
Robert Selman (Harvard Graduate School of Education & Harvard Medical School) and Helen Haste (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Robert Selman (HGSE & HMS) and Helen Haste (HGSE) will organize a 1.5 day symposium bringing together about 25 leading researchers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the West, including experts in civic education, cultural studies and socio-cognitive development and experts on China’s civil society, political institutions, and education reforms, to address the question “What educational reforms are needed to prepare China’s younger citizens for principled, democratic, and global citizenship?”.
Research: “Private Roles for Public Goals in China: Contracting, Collaboration, and Delegation for Urban Community Services”
Richard Zeckhauser (Harvard Kennedy School), John Donahue (Harvard Kennedy School), Yijia Jing (Fudan University) and Karen Eggleston (Stanford University)
Richard Zeckhauser (HKS) in collaboration with John Donahue (HKS), Yijia Jing (Fudan) and Karen Eggleston (Stanford) will spend a year conducting a new empirical study of community service centers in several Chinese communities (including several districts of Shanghai), as well as preliminary work on Chinese delivery models for public services across a range of policy arenas. They will explore the merits and drawbacks of three modes for tapping private-sector capabilities: contracting, collaborative governance and delegation. The proposed research seeks to understand how growing private participation in social service delivery – and eventually, across a broader range of public purposes – establishes a foundation for collaborative governance in China.
Research: “Establishing a suicide attempt surveillance system in Ningxia Province, China”
Matthew Miller (Harvard School of Public Health)
Matthew Miller (HSPH) will spend two years developing a real-time electronic surveillance system that will identify all suicide attempts treated in the emergency departments of general hospitals in Ningxia (a sparely populated province in northwest China) that can subsequently be used as a platform to initiate additional studies on the causes and prevention of suicide, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control of Ningxia Province and the Suicide Research Center of the Shanghai Mental Health Center.