Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

Zouping Revisited: Adaptive Governance in a Chinese County

February 2018

China has undergone dramatic change in its economic institutions in recent years, but surprisingly little change politically.

China’s Challenges: Now It Gets Much Harder

March 2020

The easy phases of China’s quest for wealth and power are over. After forty years, every one of a set of favorable conditions has diminished or vanished, and China’s future, neither inevitable nor...

News

How Stanford uses technology to spread education

March 2014

While visiting SCPKU, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama used the Highly Immersive Classroom to connect students there with students at Stanford University.

SCPKU's new immersive classrooms connect Stanford globally

December 2013

In collaboration with Stanford's Graduate School of Business, SCPKU has unveiled two new immersive classrooms at the center which enrich the overall student experience and increase Stanford's...

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

Events

China, the Party and Its Banks

May 10, 2013

Dr. Walter will discuss the modern evolution of China’s banks and the challenges in transiting to a more open, consumption-based model of economic development.

CHINA IN TRANSITION

October 18, 2013

Professor MacFarquhar will present a survey of the twentieth century Chinese revolution, sharing his findings of its impact on China and what it means for its future.

NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM: STATUS AND PROSPECTS

November 12, 2013

Pyongyang is moving ahead on all nuclear fronts: It announced in an April 2 statement that it will adjust and alter the use of existing nuclear facilities to simultaneously stimulate the economy...

People

Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
Andrew G. Walder Andrew G. Walder Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
michael mcfaul 2 Michael A. McFaul Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
tricia owlett headshot Tricia Owlett SCPKU Pre-Doctoral Fellow, February-June 2016
wesley chaney headshot Wesley B. Chaney SCPKU Pre-Doctoral Fellow, June 2013 - March 2014
gary zhao headshot Gary Zhao SCPKU Pre-Doctoral Fellow, December 2015-March 2016