Urbanisation and child protection in Asia

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In many cities in Asia, the trend in urbanisation is shifting. China tries to make ‘Megacities’ smaller and more high tech. There is massive slum clearance and dispersion of “low end” rural-urban migrants. Other countries in South and Southeast Asia are aspiring to China’s practices through land reform and slum clearance. This is a new trend showing changing dynamics in the region as it becomes more prosperous. Children are the most vulnerable members of the population yet there needs urgent research on the impact of this trend on children, and how children’s voices are heard in the policy developments. This will feed into a wider program of research related to children in China. It will use multiple research methods to explore the issue.

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent research skills. The candidate must be skilled in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and have a good understanding of research with children, in China or elsewhere. The candidate must be fluent in Mandarin (as well as English) as many of the relevant documents are not available in English and the research will involve fieldwork in China.

A background in service delivery or policy work in relation to children and families would be an advantage, and an understanding of Chinese social policy would enable the candidate to more effectively develop the project.

Supervisory team
Ilan
Katz

Arts & Social Sciences
SPRC
Xiaoyuan
Shang

Arts & Social Sciences
SPRC
Bingqin
Li

Arts & Social Sciences
SPRC
ilan.katz@unsw.edu.au