Chinese Migration Studies


The Centre for Chinese Migration Studies (CCMS) is an inter-disciplinary research and development centre based in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham.

CCMS covers the following research areas:

  • Migrant workers’ education, empowerment and career development
  • Globalisation of higher education, mobility and integration of Chinese scholars and students 
  • Urbanisation and integration of Chinese migrant workers
  • Migration, sending communities and the reconstruction of rural –urban relations 
  • Government intervention and social support for new migrant communities 
  • Globalisation and new Chinese entrepreneurship



Key aims and expertise

CCMS aims to become a centre of excellence for the generation and publication of evidence-based and interdisciplinary research and policy debate on Chinese domestic and international migration, the global mobility of Chinese students and scholars, and migrant community cohesion within China and abroad. 

It aims to achieve these goals through:

  • Research collaboration with a variety of partners, local, national and international
  • The dissemination of research through publications and social media
  • Gaining external funding for research projects
  • Involving PhD students to support their development of theoretical and applied research capability
  • Working with stakeholders to facilitate policy debates and community activities

Current projects

  • Global universities in local communities
  • Return migration and integration of Chinese talents
  • Career perspectives of Chinese migrant workers
  • Government intervention on resettlement in the Three Gorges Dam Project  
  • The impact of migration on child welfare in China


School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

The University of Nottingham
Si Yuan Centre, Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6322