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

Session A


Title: S022 China’s Public Policy and City Governance

Duration: 2020.7.9-2020.7.24 (2 weeks) 

Campus: Xuhui


Course Description

This course focuses on current important issues in Chinese political development and government reform 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 an in-depth analysis of public policy with Chinese experts. It covers the following areas:

  • Public policy analysis;

  • Shanghai governance case studies, including a field trip to visit the City Planning Exhibition Hall or urban communities;

  • Traditional cultural activities, such as dumpling DIY, and calligraphy.



  • 8 lectures from distinguished experts from home and abroad to share 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 the during the weekend to experience the local culture.

  • By the end of this 2-week study, students should have basic knowledge and understanding of public policies and city governance in Shanghai and in China.



Prof. Bo PENG 


Professor Bo PENG got 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. Xun CAO


Xun Cao is Associate Professor of Political at the Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2007. Before coming to Penn State, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Niehaus Center of the Woodrow Wilson School of the Princeton University (2007-8) and a lecturer at the Department of Government of the University of Essex, UK (2008-9). His recent research interests include environmental and energy politics, ethnic violence, and political geography.


Prof. Huirong CHEN

Huirong Chen is an Associate Professor in the School of International and Public Affair at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hong Kong. He was a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School from 2015 to 2017. He also had served as a civil servant at the General Office of Chinese Communist Party Shanghai Municipal Committee from 2006 to 2007. His research interests include Chinese politics, comparative politics, and political economy.


Dr. Fan YANG


Dr. Fan YANG is a researcher with sociology and social work background. In the past years, he is 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. Tingting LU

Tingting Lu joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2017. She attained a Ph.D. of Urban Planning from Bartlett School at University College London. She holds an MSc degree in International Planning and Development at Cardiff University. Her research interest is housing and land development during suburbanisation and regeneration processes in China. She has also participated in researching China’s low carbon city planning and energy transition in UCL. Her academic work has been published in journals such as Urban Studies, Geoforum, Urban Geography.


Dr. Yuan TIAN


Dr. Yuan Tian is currently an assistant research professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She earned her doctoral degree in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University in 2018. She was also selected as the CSCI doctoral fellow for the summer program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Dr. Tian' has rich teaching and research experiences in philanthropic studies and nonprofit management and has publications on both SSCI and CSSCI journals.


Dr. Zheng SU

Zheng Su is an assistant professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie in public opinion, state-society relations, and the political economy of development.


Dr. Yana ZUO

Yana Zuo is an Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao tong University, China. She is the author of: Evolving Identity Politics and Cross-Strait Relations: Bridging Theories of International Relations and Nationalism (Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016).  Her publications also appeared in International Affairs, Global Discourses and other prestigious journals.



Attendance: 30%

Participation in discussion: 20%

Group presentation: 50%



Program Director: Prof. Bo PENG (

Program Coordinator: Ms. Lin HE (

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