Dr. Jenny Chan

Jenny Chan (PhD in Sociology, 2014) joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford in September 2014. Educated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BSSc in Sociology) and the University of Hong Kong (MPhil in Sociology), she was a Reid Research Scholar while pursuing a PhD at the University of London. In 2013-2014 she received the prestigious Great Britain-China Educational Award. Currently she serves as Board Member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labor Movements (2014-2018) and Editor of the Global Labour Journal(2015-present).

Jenny Chan is writing her first book provisionally entitled Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and a New Generation of Chinese Workers (co-authored with Pun Ngai and Mark Selden), which is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Italian. Her recent articles have appeared in Current Sociology, Modern China, Critical Asian Studies, Human Relations, Global Labour Journal, The Asia-Pacific Journal, The South Atlantic Quarterly, New Labor Forum, Labor Notes, New Internationalist, New Technology, Work and Employment, and SACOM (Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior).

Jenny is working on a joint research project about the emergence of student labor in state capitalist China. Vocational school students do “internships” irrelevant to their educational goals and fields of study, subject to extension as production requires at short-staffed factories. Far from being freely chosen, the Chinese internship program is collectively organized on a mass scale, with industrial enterprises, local governments, and schools subverting the rights of student workers for the accumulation of profit.


Dr. Daniele Brombal


Daniele Brombal is Assistant Professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His research focuses on China’s State-society relations and decision-making processes in the fields of environmental protection and public health, and on the study of institutional determinants of policy-oriented research. Before entering the academic career, Daniele worked as  Research Consultant and Health Programme Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy (Embassy of Italy in China). In 2009, he was UN/DESA Fellow. Between 2012 and 2014, he took part in the EU FP-7 Marie Curie IRSES projects ‘Global Partners in Contaminated Land Management’ (GLOCOM) and ‘Evaluating Policies for
Sustainable Energy Investments’ (EPSEI), being hosted as IRSES Fellow by the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES). He is member of the Board of Directors of the international NGO Asia-Onlus, operating in Tibetan areas of China. Daniele holds a PhD in Languages, Cultures and Societies (University of Venice, 2012).

Prof. Zhengming Chen


Professor of Epidemiology and Director of China Programmes

Clinical trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford


Email: zhengming.chen@ctsu.ox.ac.uk


Professor Zhengming Chen qualified in medicine at Shanghai Medical University in 1983 (now Fudan University), and gained his DPhil in Epidemiology at the University of Oxford in 1993. He was appointed as Professor of Epidemiology by the University of Oxford in 2006. He is now the Director of the China Programs at the Oxford University’s Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) and co-executive director of the China Oxford Centre for International Health Research. His main researches focus on the environmental and genetic causes of chronic disease, evidence-based medicine and evaluation of widely practicable treatments for chronic diseases (such as IHD, stroke and cancer) as well as efficient strategies for chronic disease control in developing countries. Over the past 20 years, he has led several large randomised trials in heart disease (eg, COMMIT/CCS-2), stroke (eg, CAST) and cancer and 3 cohort studies involving >750,000 individuals. Since 2003 he has been the lead principal investigator in the UK for the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB) prospective study of 0.5 million adults. He leads a research team in Oxford which is responsible for study design and development of procedures and IT systems for the CKB, and for central data management, curation and detailed analyses. He is an honorary professor of Peking Union Medical College and Fudan University in China.

Tentative title of presentation:

“Developing evidence-based health policy using big data from epidemiological studies”

Prof. Lina Song

Professor and Chair in Economic Sociology and Chinese Studies; Director of Research, Faculty of Social Sciences – University of Nottingham

I am Professor of Economic Sociology and Chinese Studies. I have conducted economic and social research on developing countries with particular reference to China. Areas researched include social security and well-being; income distribution and poverty alleviation; unemployment and labour markets; gender and intra-household allocation; rural-urban migration; state-ownership restructuring; rural industrialisation and urbanisation. My current funded projects include “Poverty, Migration and Public Health”; “Explaining China’s Economic Growth with Enterprise Data”; and “Economic Inequality and Socio-political Instability in China” .

I started my research career in the early 1980s. As part of a unique organisation called the “Research Group for Studying China’s Rural Development”, I investigated peasant livelihoods. Our research topics were linked to the country’s rural economic reform program. I then worked at the Research Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. In October 1988, I was selected to join a Ford Foundation postgraduate programme in Oxford designated for training outstanding young economists, and subsequently obtained my DPhil in Oxford. Between 1989 and 1999, I worked at the Institute of Economics and Statistics (now renamed as the Department of Economics), Oxford University. I have worked at the University of Nottingham since November 1999.

I am the Winner of Richard A. Lester Prize for “the Outstanding Book in Labour Economics and Industrial Relations published in 2005” and have published broadly. I have regularly served as consultant to the international organizations and have advised both Chinese government and British government. I have served on the Editorial Board for China Economic Review since 1st July 2001 (second term) and was a council member for the British Association of China Studies between 2000 and 2004.

Expertise Summary

Areas of expertise include the design and conduct of fieldwork, and the use of advanced statistical method (mainly econometrics) to analyse data. My approach to research and teaching is multi-disciplinary, combining economics and sociology with strong application to issues of social and public policy. I am committed to original data collection, and have led or participated in over 10 field-surveys in China and one in Sierra Leone. These all involve questionnaire design, scientific sampling and quantitative analysis. I am the Principal Investigator for a newly ESRC / DfID funded project (3/2015-2/2019); totaling £570,000 (from ESRC) and the project is entitled “Local Government, Economic Growth and Human Development: Chinese Lessons for Kenya and Uganda?”

Talk title: ‘Why does Hukou Reform Matter in China?’

Prof. Sian Griffiths

Professor Sian M. Griffiths, OBE, JP (葛菲雪教授)
MA, MB BChir, MSc, FFPH (UK), FRCP (Lond),
FRCP (Edin), Hon FRSPH, Hon DSc,
FHKCCM, FHKAM (Community Medicine), Hon FHKCCM, HonFFPH

Emeritus Professor;
Senior Adviser, International Academic Development
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Visiting Professor Imperial College London

Trained as a doctor Professor Griffiths practiced as a service based public health physician at local, regional and national level in UK before moving to her academic career as Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care and Founding Director of Centre for Global Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where in 2005 she was invited to develop public health at CUHK following her co chairing of the HKSAR governments inquiry into the 2003 SARS epidemic whilst President of the UK Faculty of Public Health. Now based in the UK with her own consultancy, SM Griffiths Ltd, she remains Senior Adviser on International Academic Development to the Vice Chancellor at CUHK.  In the UK she is providing advice to the UK government as Healthcare Sector Specialist for Hong Kong in Healthcare UK, is Associate Board member for Public Health England and chairs their Global Health Committee and is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London.

In Hong Kong Prof Griffiths continues to serve on the management board of the CCOUC with its focus on disaster response and humanitarian response. She retains her advisory role with the HKSAR government on the healthcare reform agenda continuing to chair the Task Force on Conceptual Model and Preventive Protocols for Primary Car as well as continuing to sit on FHB’s Research committee, acts as deputy chair of the GRB and be a member of the 2014 Research Assessment panel for medical sciences.

During her time in Hong Kong she established a wide network of contacts in mainland China and South East Asia.  Her Middle East experience includes being a member of the National Health Authority of Qatar. In 2012 she was made Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University for her work on collaborative research between Cardiff and CUHK. She was made JP by the HKSAR government in 2010 for her contribution to health in Hong Kong. She is a Patron of PHAST and maintains her UK networks. In 2012 she was named Professional of the Year in the AMCHAM Women of Influence Awards. She has recently edited the Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia and is finalizing a report for the HKSAR government on professional regulation. As Senior Academic Adviser on International Development for her university she represents CUHK within the World University Network.


Talk Title: “Chinese Health Care Systems: are they fit for purpose?

Dr. Mao Da

Mao Da Headshot_9 July%2c 2013 by Liu Huili

Academic Director –  Rock Environment & Energy Institute (REEI)

Mao Da, Ph.D., is the co-founder of two environmental NGOs namely Rock Environment and Energy Institute and Nature University in China. He has been an active participant of China’s environmental activism. He launched the Chinese Zero Mercury Campaign in 2005, initiated Chinese NGOs’ Network on chemicals and environmental health in 2007, and co-founded the Citizens’ Initiative on Plastic Bag Policy in 2008. Since 2006, he has dedicated himself to the zero waste movement. He inexhaustibly publicizes reliable scientific research and various reports on the environmental impacts of mix-waste disposal, and promotes waste reduction, separation and recycling. He is also doing post-doctorate research at the School of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University. His research interests include histories of waste, urban environment and environmental health.


Talk Title: Waste Management Policy in China: Its Problems and Reforms

Dr. Thomas Johnson

BA (Hons.) Swansea, MChS Edinburgh and Glasgow, PhD Glasgow
Assistant Professor
Dr. Thomas Johnson joined the department in May 2009 after completing his PhD at the University of Glasgow. His primary research interests are Chinese environmental policy and civil society
Talk Title: Regulatory repertoires and anti-incineration coalitions in China

Dr. Anna Boermel


Anna Boermel is Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of China at King’s College London. She holds degrees in Chinese Studies (BA, Oxford) and Social Anthropology (MPhil and DPhil, Oxford). Before joining the Lau China Institute at KCL she was Departmental Lecturer in the Politics and Society of Modern China at the University of Oxford and Research and Teaching Fellow in Contemporary Chinese Society at the University of Cambridge. Anna has spent almost four years conducting anthropological research in urban China. Her research interests include demographic change, governance, environment and health, and space in urban China.

Talk title – Old Age in Urban China: Opportunities and Challenges