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CCCI in Shenzhen June 2016


CCCI hosted an inaugural Conference on Urbanization in China in Shenzhen, China on June 18, 2016 in collaboration with the China Development Institute and the Shenzhen Soft Science Development Foundation. This conference allowed Cornell faculty members and researchers from across many disciplines and colleges to join specialists from China and around the world to address issues related to rural transformation, urban planning and land use, transportation, education, labor, sustainable development, and cultural change. The goal is to bring together scholars, students, and experts in various disciplines who have a sustained research interest in contemporary Chinese society, and create opportunities for long-term highly interdisciplinary and collaborative conversations, data-sharing, network building, and knowledge formation on a range of issues important in China today.

conference roundtable

CCCI Panelists

  • Robin McNeal - Director, East Asia Program, Cornell University
  • Yang Yang - Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Tim Oakes - Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, Cornell Contemporary China Initiative Research Affiliate
  • Ye Lean - Cornell Contemporary China Initiative Research Affiliate
  • Chris Song - Centre for Humanities Research, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Nick Admussen - Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University
  • Ying Hua - Environmental Design, Cornell University
  • Zhou Siqi - The Conference Board, Beijing
  • Jeremy Wallace - Department of Government, Cornell University
  • Jessica Chen Weiss - Department of Government, Cornell University
  • Xu Chengzhong  - Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences

CDI Panelists

  • Fan Gang - President, China Development Institute
  • Guo Wanda - Executive Vice President, China Development Institute
  • Li Jinkui - Senior Research Fellow
  • Zeng Zhen  Executive Director - Department of Urbanization Research
  • Zhou Lin  Director - Innovation and Industry Research Centre
  • Carol Feng  Director - Department of External Affairs
  • Hu Caimei - Post-Doctor
  • Liu Yu - Research Fellow, Department of Urbanization Research
  • Amy Liu - Project Coordinator, Department of External Affairs
  • Wendy Zhang - Project Coordinator, Department of External Affairs


CCCI Research Affiliates

Oliver Gao
Oliver Gao

Oliver Gao is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. His research focuses on transportation systems, environment (especially air quality and climate change), energy, and sustainable development. He also studies sustainable food systems, quantifying and mitigating green-house gas emissions from food supply chains. He is a member of Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Air Quality (ADC20), a member of Transportation Research Board Committee on Maintenance Equipment (AHD60), an academic member on the FACA Committee of US EPA MOVES model development, and a member (invited) on the editorial board of the international journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Gao received his graduate degrees (Ph.D. in CEE, M.S. in Statistics, and M.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economics) from the University of California at Davis in 2004, M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1999, and dual undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science in 1996 from Tsinghua University, China. Before joining Cornell, Gao was a quant in the mathematical and econometrical modeling division at the Rohatyn Group, LLG, a Wall Street hedge fund specializing in emerging markets.

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Timothy Oakes
Tim Oakes

Tim Oakes is Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. His research focuses on cultural development, culture industries, tourism, heritage, and placebased identities in China. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of Tourism and Modernity in China (1998), and co-editor several volumes, including Translocal China (2006), Travels in Paradox (2006), Reinventing Tunpu: Cultural Tourism and Social Change in Guizhou (in Chinese, 2007), The Cultural Geography Reader (2008), Faiths on Display (2010), Real Tourism (2011), and Making Cultural Cities in Asia: Mobility, Assemblage, and the Politics of Aspirational Urbanism (2016).

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Li Zhang
Li Zhang

Li Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Development Studies in College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) in China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing. She was visiting PhD student (visiting fellow) in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University from September 2015 to November 2016. Her research interests are food politics, food safety in China, food and farming systems, rural-urban labor migration, and sustainable development. Her doctoral project "Food Politics Behind Changes in the Food and Farming System: A Case Study in Two Chinese Rural Communities" engages into two field sites in Henan and Guangxi provinces in China.