Social scientists from Australia and China will receive additional funding to progress collaborative research projects as part of a long-standing funding program from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

The eight researchers (four from China, four from Australia – each paired on a collaborative research project) were awarded the funding after participating in a competitive selection process. The four Australian scholars will each receive $7000 AUD, while the Chinese scholars will each receive ¥35,000 RMB. The Australia-China Joint Action Program has been running for over 10 years, although cooperation between the two organisations dates back to the 1980s.  The program provides Australian and Chinese researchers with the opportunity to collaborate in areas of shared interest, as well as creates opportunities for early career researcher involvement and international collaboration outside each partnership.

The Academy congratulates all successful grant recipients.

This year’s four successful projects are:

Carbon trading, ESG and green finance practice

Associate Professor May Hu (RMIT), Associate Professor Zhang Xiaoxi (CASS)

This project examines the carbon neutralization for the three main bodies of local governments, enterprises and financial institutions from the three perspectives of carbon trading, ESG, and green finance, and then propose a proper and effective carbon neutral mechanism and governance structure. This research provides a better understanding of the existing issues of carbon emissions and offers suitable policy needed for the carbon-neutral in China and Australia. The results of this research will have a significant impact on the path to achieving carbon neutrality, promoting the implementation of carbon neutrality goals and building a new development pattern in the energy sector. The results can be utilised for the improvement of the relevant laws and regulations on carbon neutralization for all stakeholders and promote green development globally.

Digitizing into the ageing future: a comparative analysis of Australia and China’s digital ageing discourses

Dr Wilfred Yang Wang (University of Melbourne), Dr Ji Fangfang (CASS)

This project compares the macro-policy discourses and specific initiatives taken by government, industry, community and civic organisations in utilising digital media to enhance aged care and service in China and Australia. Through identifying the commonalities and differences between the two countries, this project aims to produce insights about mutual learning and collaboration opportunities to improve the ethical innovation of aged care and policy thinking into the future.

A study of gender differences in the labour market under the trend of digitalization

Dr Dandan Yu (UNSW), Dr Huang Yana (CASS)

This research will focus on gender differences in the labour market under the digital trend. We will provide a general discussion of the structural changes in the industry and clarify the mechanisms underlying the impact of digitalization. We then propose testable hypotheses and conduct empirical analyses using both macro-and micro-level data. We will discuss the industrial structure and digital development for developed countries with small populations as exemplified by Australia and developing countries with large populations exemplified by China. Conclusions and policy implications will be drawn. The research is a cross-country comparative study that combines theoretical analysis and empirical examination and will improve our understanding of digitalization and gender differences.

The effect of anti-poverty policies on improving the health status of rural residents in China–what could be proposed from lessons learnt in Australia

Professor Pundarik Mukhopadhaya (Macquarie University), Dr Zhu Fengmei (CASS)

This project analyses the effect of China’s anti-poverty policy on promoting improvement in the health of rural residents. This study will construct a Health Improvement Evaluation Index using China’s Labour-force Dynamics Survey (CLDS) data collected by the Center for Social Science Survey at the Sun Yat-Sen University. We will use the data of 2012, 2014 and 2016 to evaluate the effect of China’s anti-poverty policies. This research will also explore the Australian experience of universal health care programs and other health support provisions for low-income groups, and the feasibility of the Australian experience for China.

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