Chen Chen

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1672BChen Chen is an Assistant Professor and the deputy director in the Asian Demographic Research Institute at Shanghai University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at UCLA. Her research employs quantitative and qualitative methods to understand changing patterns of migration both to and within China, including in relation to family, gender and generation. She also works as the deputy director of ADRI, and serves as a member of the Population Geography Committee of the Geographical Society of China.

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Selected Publications

  • Li, Zhen and Chen, Chen. 2020. “Current patterns of inter-provincial return migration and the relocation of inter-provincial return migrants in China: A study based on fixed-interval migration data.” Renkou yu Fazhan (Population and Development), (4): 2-13 (in Chinese).

  • Chen, Chen. 2019. “Why migrant workers in China continue to build large houses in home villages: A case study of a migrant-sending village in Anhui.” Modern China, 46(5):521-554.

  • Chen, Chen and C. Cindy Fan. 2018. “Gender and generational differences in first outward-and first inward-moves: An event-history analysis of rural migrants in China.” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50(8), 1646-1669.

  • Chen, Chen. 2018. “The risk of conducting the first return migration between 1980 and 2009 -- A survival analysis of migrant workers’ individual migration history.” Renkou yu Jingji (Population and Economy), (5): 91-99 (in Chinese).

  • C. Cindy Fan and Chen, Chen. 2014. “The new-generation migrant workers in China”, in Rural Migrants in Urban China: Enclaves and Transient Urbanism, edited by Fulong Wu et al., Routledge: 17-35.

  • Bai, Nansheng, Chen, Chen, and Long Wenjin. 2011. “The impact of rural-urban migration on left- behind children's educational performance”, in Left-behind Population in Rural China, Social Sciences Academic Press: 26-42 (in Chinese).

  • Bai, Nansheng, Li, Jing and Chen, Chen. 2007. “Children’s migration, income transfer and agricultural labor supply of rural elders: An empirical study of left-behind elderly in Anhui, China”. Zhongguo Nongcun Jingji (China Rural Economics) (10): 46-52 (in Chinese).

Teaching Courses 

📖Anthropology of Risk and Disasters

Every year, thousands of people die in disasters, millions are displaced, and billions of dollars are lost in damages. Are disasters natural? How does culture shape the experience and actions of victims, volunteers, and response agencies? Through investigating the perspectives and experiences of survivors and of the staff members at NGOs and governmental agencies, including as reflected in ethnographies, oral histories and films, this course aims at understanding how risk perception and disaster response are interacting with contemporary politics, economic trends, gender and ethnic relations, technological advancement, climate change and globalization. In this course, you will be expected to do reading, participate in class discussions and presentations, complete homework assignments, and turn in the final paper.  Classes will include lecture, discussion of readings, and student presentations.  


Week 1: Course overview; Anthropological perspectives of risks and disasters

Week 2: Vocabulary in Anthropology; risk; vulnerability

Week 3: Key terms and theories in Anthropology of risks and disasters

Week 4: Vulnerability and resilience

Week 5: Risks, disasters, and modernity

Week 6: Ethnography and methods in Anthropology

Week 7: Gender in disasters

Week 8: policy, economy, and disasters

Week 9: Localization of risk perception and disaster response

Week 10: Student presentation of the final paper

📖Population Geography

Is an aging population something to worry about?  What are the effects of family-planning policies? Do migrants compete with locals for jobs? Many of today’s critical social issues are related to population size, structure, or composition, and where these issues occur can make the answers different.  Population geographers study how location matters to demographic issues and processes. This course is an introduction to population geography.  Major topics in this course include fertility, mortality, and migration, with a focus on how they differ across time and space. With respect to each of these topics, we will learn a set of tools for measuring and describing population processes, data, and population composition. We will also discuss how social issues are related to demography and population geography.

Three major sets of questions will be explored in this course:

  • What do we know about a population at certain time, in a particular place? (What data sources are available? How can the data be modeled? How can we interpret the data?)

  • What is the significance of population size, structure, composition, and change? How do these aspects of population affect the economy, society, and culture?  

  • How do populations compare across different regions and what can we learn from the comparisons?

At the end of this course, students should be able to evaluate claims about population issues that occur in different socioeconomic contexts. You should also understand what population geographers do and how they conduct their research. You will also gain some insight into how population geography is relevant to other areas of social science.


Week 1: Introduction 

Week 2: Population Data 

Week 3: Fertility

Week 4: Mortality 

Week 5: Internal Migration 

Week 6: International Migration 

Week 7: Refugees & internally displaced persons

Week 8: Population Policies 

Week 9: Practicing Population Geography

Week 10: In-class Presentation 

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