Research Projects

The Long Institute conducts cutting edge interdisciplinary research on its focus areas in relation to the opportunities and challenges of China’s development.

Faculty from social sciences, management, law, and humanities conduct in-depth research on Chinese society, business, and law. They do so through an embedded and contextualized understanding of the local Chinese social and historical conditions. Moreover, where possible, the faculty try and place developments in China within a broader comparative frame to enable a relative view on what is and is not exceptional and special, as well as to present China as a case to broaden theories that have predominantly been based in Western ideas and data.

The research includes several multi-year projects funded through competitive prestigious governmental research grants or through private donations. This includes research done by senior faculty as well as work done by junior scholars at the doctoral or post-doc level. In many research projects, there are direct collaborations with Chinese partners, strengthening the bilateral mission of the Institute.

In all of its research, the Long Institute seeks to follow these action guidelines:
  • Bilateral: Where possible, work with partners in the U.S. and in China
  • Interdisciplinary: Combine multiple disciplinary perspectives, including those from the social sciences, management, law, and the humanities.
  • Theory and Practice integration: Develop work that derives insights from academic research and practice experience, and work that contributes to scholarship and practice.
  • Comparative: Place findings from China in a comparative context, while contrasting existing theories and practices from the U.S. to Chinese data.
  • Impact-Oriented: Seek to disseminate key research findings and form opinions to guide public and private practice.
The Long Institute is currently engaged in the following projects:



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