Europe - China researchers funded for collaborative research on The Green Economy and Understanding Population Change

7 November 2014

The Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC UK), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC China) and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO Netherlands) are pleased to announce the researchers and projects funded for collaborative projects between European and Chinese researchers in the areas of 'The Green Economy' and 'Understanding Population Change'.

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€8.9 million has been awarded to 8 projects that will allow academics in Europe and China to collaborate on a range of exciting projects that will push the boundaries of our understanding of individual and social behaviour and influence policy.

The following projects will be funded:

Life Course and Family Dynamics in a Comparative Perspective Professor Bernhard Nauck, Technische Universität, Chemnitz (Germany)
Professor Tak Wing Chan, Oxford University (United Kingdom)
Professor Pearl Dykstra, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Professor Yu Xie, Peking University (China)

Smart eco-cities for a green economy: a comparative study of Europe and China
Dr Frederico Caprotti, Kings College London (United Kingdom)
Dr Eric Jolivet, University of Toulouse (France)
Professor Ran Tao, Renmin University of China (China)
Dr Philip Spath, University of Freiburg (Germany)
Dr Rob Raven, Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands)

Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society
Professor Feng Wang, Fudan University (China)
Dr Elena Barabantseva, University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Professor Wei Shen, ESSCA School of Management (France) 
Professor Björn Ahl, Cologne University (Germany)
Professor Frank Pieke, Leiden University (Netherlands)    

SINCERE (Sino-European Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency)
Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, UCL (United Kingdom)
Professor Mathieu Glachant, Paris Mines Tech (France)
Professor Yong Geng, Chinese Academy of Science (China)
Professor Paul Welfens, Wuppertal University (Germany)
Professor Rene Kemp, Maastricht University (Netherlands)

"Bright Futures": A Comparative Study of Internal and International Mobility of Chinese Higher Education Students
Professor Thomas Faist, Bielefeld University (Germany)
Dr Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex (United Kingdom)
Professor Qiang Li, Tsinghua University (China)

Migration and the Reshaping of Consumption Patterns
Professor Shi Li, Beijing Normal University (China)
Dr Sylvie Demurger, CNRS (France) 
Professor Jackline Wahba, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Dr Corrado Guilietti, IZA (Germany)

Dynamics of Green Growth in European and Chinese Cities (DRAGON)
Dr Vincent Viguie, CIRED (France) 
Professor Ralf Schuele, Wuppertal Institute (Germany)
Dr Dabo Guan, University of Leeds (United Kingdom)   
Professor Qiaomei Liang, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)     

Optimising care delivery models to support ageing-in-place: towards autonomy, affordability and financial sustainability
Professor Karim Hadjri, UCLAN (United Kingdom)
Dr Zan YANG, Tsinghua University (China)
Professor Marie-Eve Joël, Université Paris Dauphine (France)

The final funding decisions for each project are subject to a series of administrative contracting formalities. The list of projects finally funded will be published when these administrative and financial steps are complete.

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Notes for Editors

  1. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC’s total budget for 2012/13 is £205 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. Website ESCR
  2. The French National Research Agency (ANR) provides funding for project-based research in all fields of sciences. Employing a method based on competitive peer reviews that complies with international standards, ANR attaches great importance to providing the scientific community with instruments and conditions that promote creativity and openness, and stimulate new ideas and partnerships, particularly between the public and private sectors. Its activity also contributes to enhancing the competitiveness and the influence of French research in Europe and across the world. Since 2010, ANR has also been the principal operator of the Investments for the Future programme in the field of higher education and research. In this role it ensures the selection, funding and monitoring of projects relating to the centres of excellence, health, biotechnologies, and the transfer of technology and the creation of value from research. Website ANR
  3. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is the central, self-governing research funding organisation in Germany. Its mission is to fund and promote all fields of science and the humanities. It does so by relying on its statutory bodies and its Head Office, which shape the work and structure of the DFG. In an international context, the DFG is a member of several scientific and science policy associations, thus contributing to international dialogue, cooperation among researchers, and to the formation of a European Research Area. Website DFG
  4. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research council in the Netherlands and has a budget of more than 500 million euros per year. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science by selecting and funding the best research. It manages research institutes of national and international importance, contributes to strategic programming of scientific research and brings science and society closer together. Research proposals are reviewed and selected by researchers of international repute. More than 5000 scientists can carry out research because of funding by NWO. Twenty per cent of the funds and the projects are related to social and behavioural sciences. Website NWO
  5. The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC China) is an organization directly affiliated to the State Council of China for the management of the National Natural Science Fund. It promotes and finances basic researches on mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth sciences, materials sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, information sciences and management sciences. NSFC’s total budget for 2014 is 19.4 billion RMB. Website NSFC

Source: NWO


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