Two projects with China on urbanisation and demographic change

11 May 2020

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO) - under the Merian Fund - work together in the Cooperation China-The Netherlands programme. NSFC and NWO have granted two joint research projects that focus on urbanisation and demographic change.

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NSFC and NWO finance joint research aligning with the national research agendas of China and the Netherlands, as well as international agendas like the UN Sustainable Development Goals. NSFC and NWO have been funding partners since 2010, and have published nine calls for proposals, resulting in 46 joint research projects.

Granted projects

  • Urban Housing of Migrants in China and the Netherlands
    Dutch Principal Investigator: Prof. N.B.M. (Nico) Heerink, Wageningen University & Research
    Chinese Principal Investigator: Prof. FENG Shuyi, Nanjing Agricultural University

    The project aims to improve the social integration of migrants in China and the Netherlands by obtaining a better understanding of the impacts of social housing programmes and market forces on the urban housing of different migrant groups, and by assessing the impact of innovative social housing programmes on the social integration of migrants. It is carried out by a consortium of Chinese and Dutch researchers with considerable experience in Sino-Dutch cooperation on specific sub-topics who join their forces in this integrated project. They work closely together with practitioners in the field in all stages of the research.
  • Towards Inclusive Circular Economy: Transnational Network for Wise-waste Cities (IWWCs)
    Dutch Principal Investigator: Prof. W.M. (Martin) de Jong, Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Chinese Principal Investigator: Dr TONG Xin, Peking University

    This project aims to build a Sino-Dutch transnational network for the design on inclusive wise-waste cities. We focus on agricultural products, electronic products and plastic products, and carry out the comparative research from three levels saying urban metabolism, inclusive infrastructure design & management, and community building, to comprehensively explore and evaluate the implementation effects of wise-waste cities. Outcomes are expected to support inclusive cities and zero-waste cities pilots in China and The Netherlands.

About the Merian Fund

Starting in 2019, the Cooperation China-The Netherlands (NSFC) programme falls under the Merian Fund at NWO. The Merian Fund is a fund for international cooperation with important science countries. The common thread within the Merian Fund is international research to promote the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals worldwide.

The Merian Fund cooperates with seven partners in five countries: FAPESP (Brazil), NSFC and CAS (China), DST and DBT (India), RISTEKBRIN ( Indonesia) and NRF (South Africa). WOTRO Science for Global Development is responsible for the implementation of the calls under the Merian Fund.

Source: NWO