ThinkChina Analysis: Social Science in China; Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Although heavily investing in research and development, China keeps the Party line straight. University research is acquiring a level that compares to the world with high-end universities, but the state’s political interests influence academic work. In this analysis, University of Copenhagen professor Jørgen Delman investigates the state of social science and the academic freedom of scholars in China. By analysing recent policy initiatives and research developments, Delman paints a picture of a well-developed academic landscape in China that, however, within specific sensitive political areas, is under great pressure due to the Chinese censorship. This goes for foreign researchers publishing in China, and possibly also Chinese researchers publishing internationally.
This article was originally published by eBioZoom
About: Jørgen Delman
Jørgen Delman is a professor of China Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Delman's current research focuses on China’s climate change politics, climate governance at city level, energy and energy security politics, and renewable energy.