CHEW Conference 2014

As CHEW gears up for our 2015 conference, please see below for details, highlights and contributors for our 2014 conference:


30 April 2014 | 10:30am – 5:30 pm | E P Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

Conference schedule

Conference highlights

Organizing Committee

CHEW Conference 2014: Environmental, Health and Welfare Challenges for a Changing China took place on 30 April at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

The conference provided common ground between medics, development professionals, anthropologists and economists to discuss the pressing issues that affect China and the wider world.

The event consisted of 3 expert panels: Health, Environment, and Welfare. Speakers presented their research and the participants had an opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation.

11 speakers, from China, Oxford, London and Canada, presented recent research. Dr Michael Hathaway, a world-renowned anthropologist  from Simon Fraser University, gave a keynote speech on the emergence of global environmentalism in China.

The first panel focused on Health. Prof. Therese Hesketh gave an overview of demographic change in China, highlighting the issue of gender imbalance in the rural areas. Dr. Tara Garnett covered the issue of food safety and global food networks. Finally, Dr. Anna Lora-Wainwright addressed the complexities of doing research on cancer in Chinese villages.

Following Dr. Hathaway’s keynote, the Environment panel explored the role of institutions and civil society in addressing some of China’s most pressing environmental issues. Sam Geall, from the pioneering website chinadialogue, focused on green movements in China. Dr. Lei Zhou, the founder of the Oriental Danology Institute, shared his project on mapping Chinese rivers. Lastly, Dr. Guy Leung from King’s College London described actors and institutions in the natural gas transition.

The first address for the Welfare panel was given by Dr. Chengzhi Yi from East China University of Political Science and Law, who talked about the emergence of urban fringe zones, and resource allocation. Dr. Tim Pringle from SOAS talked about an emerging labour movement among Chinese workers. Finally, Daniel Morley provided an overview of the Chinese working class in revolution from 1911 to today.

The concluding remarks were given by Isabel Hilton OBE, CEO of chinadialogue and pathbreaking China journalist, who brilliantly summed up the discussion of the entire day and identified some of the key challenges China and the world will face in the near- and medium-term future.

CHEW Conference 2014 provided a platform for a diverse set of opinions and meaningful inter-disciplinary exchange between participants and speakers. CHEW looks forward to continuing the discussion in its regular schedule of events in Oxford.


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