China Center for Social Policy

As the first center of its kind founded within a U.S. school of social work, the China Center is a hub for innovation and action on social welfare in China. Partnerships with major universities, think tanks, and international organizations make the Center a global platform to share scientific findings, develop policy proposals, and build community. The Center’s global relationships also make it a natural career incubator for Chinese students and others working on social welfare topics pertaining to China and beyond.

Through interdisciplinary research, the Center’s scholars address social concerns from an international comparative perspective, including but not limited to: poverty, income distribution, population aging, gender equality, rural-to-urban migration, and social policies in China and the Asian-American immigration experience in the United States.


The China Center for Social Policy pursues a dual mission of research and education. Through impactful scholarship, the Center contributes to social policy research and debates in China and around the world. Through global communication and collaboration, the Center serves as a platform for international dialogue and knowledge advancement. And through training and career development opportunities, the Center prepares the next generation of social welfare scholars and practitioners.


Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy