About China Research and Development Network

The China Research and Development Network (CRDN) is a research unit of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2005, CRDN was established in light of the rapid social and cultural transformations in the post-reform mainland China, to respond to its growing demands for professional social welfare services and the urgent need for developing indigenous social work theories and practice models. The objective of CRDN is becoming the academic centre in China's social development, social policy, social work research and practice with leading position. Since its inception, the CRDN has continuously strived to provide outstanding education and training to mainland Chinese social work practitioners, while engaging in rigorous research as well as participating in some special projects. To date, CRDN has established three research centers in collaboration with Peking University, Yunnan University and Sun Yat-sen University with the aim of further cultivating  our activities and research in mainland China.

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  • CRDN Research Symposium - Series 15 - Dr. Juan Chen and Dr. Timothy Sim - May 2, 2018 - GH404


    CRDN Research Symposium Series 15
    May 2, 2018 (Wed) 2:45 - 5:15pm
    GH404, HK PolyU

    Join us for the two reseearch symposiums. Email us or register online to reserve a spot. Don't miss it.
    Symposium 1:
    Researching Urbanization in China: Agenda and Challenges
    Dr. Juan Chen
    Associate Head and Associate Professor 
    Department of Applied Social Science
    The  Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    China’s urbanization is unprecedented in human history and the National New-Type Urbanization Plan clearly features a new era of development. Research is urgently needed to ascertain the impact of local government policies on the ‘in-situ’ urbanization process, which affects the general well-being of formerly rural residents, as well as their integration into the various facets of urban life. In this talk, I will first review the agenda and challenges we encountered when researching urbanization in China. I will then introduce our ongoing Urbanization and Quality of Life Survey targeting residents of newly urbanized areas in 32 township-level administrative units. The project will offer a comprehensive and nuanced examination of the changes in the living environments and lifestyles of the new urbanites in Chinese cities, and the effects of such changes on their well-being and quality of life.

    Symposium 2:
    Impactful Practice Research in Disaster Context: The Big Wenchuan Earthquake 10 years on
    Dr. Timothy Sim
    Associate Professor
    Department of Applied Social Science
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    In responding to disasters, disaster victims-survivors have different ways to recover from psychological challenges. However, post-disaster mental health interventions have traditionally been individualistic. Consequently, disaster survivors’ capacity and resiliency are often undermined. Our practice research programme in the epic centre of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake has advanced the use of psychosocial approach to improve the well-being of disaster survivors in a culturally relevant and contextually respectful manner. Our intensive “training the trainers” strategies have significantly raised the profile and capacity of social work profession in disaster management of China. bstract:



    For more details
    Email: bettykw.poon@polyu.edu.hk  
    Tel: 3400-3016

  • Yunnan University Social Work Research Seminar: Urbanization, Migration and Social Work Service (April 14, 2018)


    April 14, 2018
    Yunnan University Social Work Research Seminar: Urbanization, Migration and Social Work Service
    Venue: Yunnan University, China

    Supported by Li & Fung China Social Policy Research Fund, the Social Work Research Seminar on Urbanization, Migration and Social Work Service co-organized by China Research and Development Network, APSS and the School of Ethnology and Sociology, Yunnan University was being held successfully at Yunnan University on April 14, 2018.

    Prof. Daniel W.L. Lai, Head of Department of Applied Social Sciences delivered an opening remarks, sharing with the delegates the basic and yet one of the most important values of social work practice, the city needs to change its attitude to accommodate the migration when bias and injustice are reflected in the migration and urbanization process.

    Dr. Juan Chen presented on the plenary, title “Urbanization in China: Regional Variations and Policy Orientations” followed by Dr. Anita Koo on “Made in China 2015: Vocational Education and the New Generation of Chinese Workers”. Dr. Jenny Chan continued on the topic “Maintaining Growth by Law? Labor Legislation and its Limits”, and Dr. Kaxton Siu shared about his research on “Family and Migration among Factory Workers in China and Vietnam”. Dr. Qiaobing Wu presented her study on “Experiences of Migration, Family Contexts and the Psychological Well-being of Children in China”, and Dr. Jessica Li shared her findings on “Work Stress and Engagement among Hong Kong Police Officers”.

    Dr. Rong Xiang from Yunnan University shared with the delegates the Social Work Theory and Practices in the context of Social Migration in the Mainland. Different topics on Social Exclusion and Intervention, Social Work Policy Advocacy on Migrants, Anti-Family Violence, Elderly Services and Social Practices on Migrant Workers were also presented by local researchers, delegates from Yunnan Heart to Heart Community Care Service Centre and experienced social workers from various organizations.

    Last but not the least, Dr. Hok Bun Ku led the delegates into an inspiring discussion and exchange of thoughts and ideas on how research and practices could be mutually benefited in enhancing innovative social services in response to the needs of the migrant communities.

    The event has drawn the attention of a group of mainland researchers and social work practitioners in Yunnan, and it has been a fruitful trip for the team of APSS faculty members to have a deeper understanding of the social service and migrant communities in Kunming for strengthening future endeavors in different research areas.

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