Profile of Principal Investigator:


Lin XIAO is an associate professor from Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He received his Ph. D. degree from Tsinghua University. His main interest of research is urban sociology, political sociology and community studies. His publication includes local governance and community development, deliberative democracy at grassroots level, and urban regeneration. Xiao is also a member of the National Committee of Experts on Community Building of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and also consultant for some local governments. Email address:


2015. Community Negotiation: A Growing Point of Grassroot Democracy, China Development Observation, Issue 10.
2014. Asymmetric Legitimacy: A Comparison between Resident’s Committee and Homeowners’ Committee, Sociological Review of China, Vol. 2 Issue 6.
2013. The Rise of Proprietary Community and Its Self-Governance, China Governance Review, Issue 2.
2013. Reconstructed Boundary: State, Market and Society in Chinese New Urban Communities. East Asia Sociology of the 21st Century (Japan), Issue 5, pp.188-203.
2012. The Double Duality of Modern Urban Community and Its Development Path in China, Social Sciences in Nanjing, Issue 9, pp.55-61.
2011. The “Study of Community” and “Community Studies”: A review of Recent Researches on Urban Community in China, Sociological Studies, 7: 185-

Project team members:

Chen LIANG is an associate researcher from Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Peking University and Ph.D. degree from CASS. Her main interest of research includes anti-poverty policy study, community and NGO development study. Her publication includes rural community study in Hebei province, anti-poverty project in some western provinces, and local governance and innovation programs across many Chinese provinces.

Jia YU

Jia Yu is an Assistant Professor of social research at Peking University. She received her Ph.D. degree from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her research interest lies in the Chinese family and gender inequality. She has published articles about housework division, marriage entry, cohabitation, and parenthood in China. Her current work is on the Second Demographic Transition in China.

Yuntong SHI is an assistant researcher from Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She received her Master’s and Ph. D. degree from Tsinghua University. Her main interest of research is urban and political sociology. Her publication includes social movement in urban communities, community capacity building and community development, corporate community involvement, the creation of the society by the state, and local governance in China.

Jinglin XIANG is an assistant researcher from the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He received his  Ph.D. degree from Peking University. His  main interest of research is economic sociology, organizational sociology and urban social governance. His publication includes the institutional logic of local financial governance, market role of local governments,relationship between social organization and community governance in China.

Yiran LIU is an assistant researcher from the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She received her master’s degree from the University of Oxford and Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University.  She was a visiting fellow of the Harvard-Yenching Institute and main interest of research is political and economic sociology. Her publication includes demolition project in Beijing, entrepreneur charity in Yunnan, and local governance programs across many Chinese provinces.