Center for Gender and Development Studies

Center for Gender and Development Studies was established in 2008, and its predecessor was Center for Female Population Studies of Xi’an Jiaotong University founded in 1995. The faculties mainly come from Institute for Population and Development Studies of Xi’an Jiaotong University, in which Professor JIN Xiaoyi is director, Professor YANG Xueyan is deputy director and Professor ZHU Chuzhu was chief academic advisor. Laying emphasis on combining theoretical research and community practice, the center aims to serve governments about policy-making and decision and explore the model and mechanism of community intervention to promote living environment of vulnerable groups. In the 1990s, based on the research on gender imbalance and social sustainable development, the center established the first experiment zone for improving girl’s living environment, which directly facilitated a national-wide public policy and strategic action named “Care for Girl Campaign”. Lately, according to the trend of international social development and demands of national population and social development, the center is devoted to studies on social issues in the field of vulnerable groups’ prevention and development in the context of China’s transitional society from a gender perspective. The research results were used as references by central government and related departments at all levels to formulate polies and regulations and make management decisions. The collaborative projects of the local governments have won official awards. The studies were accepted and referenced by scholars, NGOs and international organizations in the international exchange. Besides, the center has implemented academic cooperation with Morrison Institute for Population and Resources at Stanford University and INED in France, which improve its internationalization level of academic research and the team. Science in the U.S reported our relative studies of gender imbalance and social sustainable development. In the area of gender and development studies, the center has obtained one key project supported by National Social Science Foundation and continuous support by the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University of Ministry of Education of China.


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