Aims of the China Ports network
- Enable research currently being undertaken by UK and China practitioners, to contribute to debates and decision-making in academia, government and industry in China, the UK and beyond.
- Ensure that new approaches and methods currently being developed in the UK on the preservation, conservation and presentation of port-related material culture, the built environment and maritime archaeological sites is put to direct, practical use in China's port cities.
- Establish a 'Humanities voice' in debates concerning the development of the marine economy and maritime industries.
- Lay the foundations for a new generation of transnational and cross-disciplinary researchers who will contribute to the study of port cities in China and beyond in the years to come, and who will come to establish an entirely new field which might be termed 'China port studies'.