The Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) is pleased to announce that Mimi Chapman from the School of Social Work is the winner of the first China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition. Chapman will work with Gina Chowa, also of the School of Social Work, to explore the utility and feasibility of an asset building approach to support urban Chinese youth who are disengaged from education and employment as a result of their status as in-country migrants.
Migrant youth who become disengaged from education are receiving attention in China and asset building may provide a pathway to productive economic and civic engagement as well as overall well-being. Chapman and Chowa plan to collaborate on this project with two long-term Chinese partners, Professor Zhu Meihua of East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai and Professor Hou Xin of China Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing.
With support from the Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost’s Office, the CURS Program on Chinese Cities solicits applications for its China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition. This competition is designed to encourage faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to conduct research on Chinese cities.
This competitive program provides $20,000 to support the development of a large research proposal focusing on an issue relevant to urbanization in China. The next competition will be held in 2015.