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Cong Cao

Associate Professor and Reader, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr. Cong Cao (Ph.D. in Sociology, Columbia University) is Associate Professor and Reader at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham. Educated in both China and the U.S. and in both the natural and social sciences, he has worked at the University of Oregon, the National University of Singapore, and the State University of New York.

As one of the leading scholars in the studies of China's science, technology, and innovation, Dr. Cao is the author of China's Scientific Elite (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), a study of those Chinese scientists holding the elite membership in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and China's Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent (with Denis Fred Simon, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009), the first in forty years to address these critical issues surrounding the quality, quantity, and effective utilization of China's human resources in science and technology. Most recently, Dr. Cao has embarked on a project examining China's biotechnology policy and participated in a study of the development of nanotechnology in China, both supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Expertise Summary

Science, technology, and innovation policy; global talent and talent migration; technological entrepreneurship; sociology of science/social studies of science and technology; China studies; media studies; social science research methods.

Research Summary

Topic related to China: science, technology, and innovation; human resources in science and technology (HRST); brain drain, gain, and circulation; development and policy of biotechnology,… read more

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Current Research

Topic related to China: science, technology, and innovation; human resources in science and technology (HRST); brain drain, gain, and circulation; development and policy of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and green technology.

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