Global Summer/Winter School
S022 China’s Public Policy and City Governance

Session A


Title: S022 China’s Public Policy and City Governance

Duration: 2019.7.11-2019.7.26 (2 weeks) 

Campus: Xuhui


Course Description

This course focuses on current important issues regarding Chinese political developments and government reforms, with an interdisciplinary approach to examining China. Through seminars, field trips, and other activities, students have the opportunity to experience traditional Chinese culture and conduct in-depth analysis of public policy with Chinese experts. The course covers the following areas: Public policy analysis and Shanghai governance case studies, which will include a field trip to visit the City Planning Exhibition Hall or urban communities. Other activities will also include traditional cultural activities, such as dumpling making, and calligraphy. Students will develop extensive knowledge of popular Chinese political and economic issues, understand Chinese urban governance through theoretical and practical research, and ultimately form unique insights modern China.



  • 7 lectures from distinguished Chinese experts, who will be sharing their latest research results on public policy and city governance.
  • 2 field trips to the Shanghai City Planning Exhibition Center and Urban Communities.
  • Group research experience with Ph.D. students.
  • Cultural trips during the weekends to experience the local culture.
  • By the end of this 2-week study, students will have a basic knowledge and understanding of the public policies and governance of not only Shanghai, but also China.



Prof. Yang ZHONG


Professor Zhong Yang is the Consultative Committee member and former Dean of SIPA, SJTU. He is also a Chang Jiang Chair Professor, which was awarded by The Chinese Ministry of Education. Additionally, he is also the  Zhiyuan Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a tenured professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee. His research interests include local governance in China, political culture, and political participation.


Prof. Bo PENG 


Professor Bo PENG is the Vice Dean of SIPA, SJTU. He received his Ph.D. degree from Fudan University, and his main research fields include local politics, urban study, and public policy analysis. He published two books: Village Governance: State Intervention and System Selection (China Society Press, 2002), and Path Dependence and Governance Choice: The Urban Community Reform in Contemporary China (China Society Press, 2007), three translations, and over 50 articles at Ritsumeikan Journal of Asian Pacific Studies, China Perspective, Political Science Research, etc.





Prof. Dahai ZHAO

Dahai ZHAO received his PhD in Public Administration at Fudan University, and is now vice director of Public Economics and Social Policy Department of the School of International and Public Policy. He was a visiting scholar at Yale University from 2016 to 2017. He also serves as a research fellow at the China Institute for Urban Governance. Professor Zhao’s research interests include public economics, and social policy as well as healthcare policy and social security. 


Dr. Fan YANG


Dr. Fan YANG is a researcher with sociology and social work background. In recent years, he has been keen on investigating how urbanization is associated with Chinese older people’s mental health (e.g. depression, Alzheimer’s) and how to design interventions both at the family and community level. His other research interests include long-term care and urban poverty.


Dr. Yungpin LV

Yung Pin Lu is an assistant professor as well as the Vice-Director of Third-Sector Study Center of SIPA, SJTU. Dr. Lu has PhD in Leadership Studies, and a Masters in Business Administration from the U.S.A. His research focuses on social organization, social enterprise, leadership, cross-sector collaboration development, etc.  


Dr. Ping HUANG

Huang Ping is an assistant professor in Department of International Relations, School of International and Public Affairs at SJTU. Her research interests include religion, homosexuality, mediatisation, empowerment, and sexual inclusivity in contemporary China.



Attendance: 30%

Participation in discussion: 20%

Group presentation: 40% (15 minutes each group)

Final program summary: 10% (more than 500 words)



Program Director: Prof. Bo PENG (

Program Coordinator: Ms. Lin HE (

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