Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Systematic Innovation for Food Security and Rural Sustainability in China

Wednesday 8th (09:00) - Thursday 9th December 2021 (17:00)

For informal queries regarding the nature of the project or application please contact Dr Bin Wu (bin.wu@nottingham.ac.uk).  


Systematic Innovation for Food Security and Rural Sustainability in China:
A UK-Chinese ECR Links Workshop

December 8-9 2021 (TBC)

Call for ECR participants

A UK and Chinese early career researcher (ECR) Links Workshop will be held by the combination of online and offline activities in Beijing, 8-9 December 2021 (to be confirmed).  

We are now calling for interested researchers to submit their applications to take part in this event. 

Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2021. 

About the workshop 

Global challenges in rural poverty, food security, climate change call for international research collaboration in sustainable agriculture and rural transformation. 

In the context of the on-going transformation in rural China involving its 230 million small farmers and successful experience of a “targeted poverty alleviation” programme, this workshop aims to address challenges and opportunities related to: 

  • interconnecting industries (e.g. crops, animal husbandry, process), technologies (traditional vs modern), biodiversity protection for health and nutrition food supply

  • farmers’ participation and community development for better use of external resources and investment opportunities 

  • collaboration among multiple stakeholders to facilitate sustainable agriculture and rural transformation in China, UK and beyond

This workshop offers a unique opportunity for early career researchers from two countries to address the above challenges and opportunities through: 

  • a holistic view (interconnection between agroecological, technologic, social and policy systems) 

  • cross-disciplinary research collaboration 

  • engagement with multiple stakeholders (governments, companies, investors and traders, NGOs, farmers’ organisations).  

Submit your application 

With support from research partnerships, internationally renowned scholars and industrial mentors, interested researchers are welcome to submit their applications on one of five themes below:  

  1. Ecological agriculture, food security and policy intervention
  2. Digital technology and rural transformation 
  3. Financial inclusion and cooperative development
  4. Sustainable tourism development and entrepreneurship 

Who can take part? 

We welcome applications from ECR researchers defined as those who have been awarded their PhD (or have equivalent experience) not more than ten years prior to December 2021 and who work in universities or research institutes in China or the UK with a relevant disciplinary background and interests in interdisciplinary research.  

How to apply 

Applicants are asked to prepare and submit two documents in English:  

  • Application Form

  • A one-page (A4) abstract of academic paper, OR a project proposal reflecting your interested theme for research collaboration with other ECR researchers. 

Please send your completed application form and outline paper or proposal to Wang Rui (wangrui@cass.org.cn) before 15 September 2021. 

For Informal queries regarding the nature of the project or application please contact Dr Bin Wu (bin.wu@nottingham.ac.uk).  

Supporting documents 

Application form 

Mentor profiles 

Call for ECR Participation 


This work is supported by a Researcher Links grant, ID (2020-RLWK12-10436), under the UK-China partnership (Newton Fund). The grant is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and delivered by the British Council (BC).  

Co-funded by:  Newton Fund and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 

Delivered by: British Council 

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Co-PIs: Dr Bin Wu from Nottingham University Business School of the University of Nottingham (UoN) and Dr Tongquan Sun from Rural Development Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

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In partnership with:  James Hutton Institute (JHI), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China Agricultural University, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), University of York, Surrey University, Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation (Agri-EPI) Centre, Beijing University of Technology, China CSA (community-supported agriculture) Network, Just Rural Transition, International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in China (ICARDC) Network, and China-Britain Regional Initiative (CBRI).

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