Chen Rong

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Rong Chen joined the Asian Demographic Research Institute as an Associate Professor in 2022. She is interested in employing quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the Second Demographic Transition in China. Her research has been mainly focused on the changes in family behaviors in China, including the new characteristics, causes, influence and trend of marital behavior in big cities, and childbearing intention and childbearing behavior in low fertility society.

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Selected Publications

  • Rong Chen. Study on the trend of fertility intention and fertility level in big cities in China. Publish by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press. 2020.

  • Rong Chen. Study on the interactive relationship between the spatial distribution of China's population and economic activities under the background of population aging. Publish by Scientific and Technical Documentation Press.2018.

  • Rong Chen and Baochang Gu, 2021. The law of population change in Low Fertility Society and Its Countermeasures——fertility intention and fertility behavior in low fertility society: evidence from Shanghai. Exploration and Free Views (7): 70-79. Reprinted by Social Sciences Digest 2021(10):13-15 and Information center for social science, RUC: Demography 2021(6):49-55

  • Chen Rong and Gu Baochang, 2020. An analysis of families actually having a second child: based on the survey in Shanghai. Chinese Journal of Population Science (5):116-125.

  • Chen Rong, and WANG Meifeng, 2018. Unbalanced Economic Development, Migration and Regional Differences of Ageing: An Empirical Study with Data of 287 Cities in China. Population Journal, vol. 40(3):71-81. Reprinted by Information center for social science, RUC: Demography 2018(4):80-88

Teaching Courses

📖Family sociology


Family sociology is a branch of sociology. It aims to equip students with key concepts, methods, and theoretical frameworks in family sociology, demography and economics, understand the evolution, current topics and debates the field of marriage and family, stimulate their interest in sociology, and engage students in marriage and family thinking.


This course gives an introduction to the research objects, basic concepts, main theories and research methods of family sociology. It introduces the evolution of family system, family function and family structure, explores the relationship between marriage and family, the essence of marriage, marriage system, the process of concluding marriage, and the maintenance and dissolution of marriage, discuss the family economic management, life management and family planning. It addresses how marriage and family are undergoing transformation in China based on census and large-scale social survey data and research literature. It also covers current topics and debates in the field of marriage and family research.

Reading Materials:

Deng Weizhi, Xu Xin. Introduction to family sociology (Second Edition). Shanghai University Press, 2020

Pan Yunkang. Marriage and family sociology. Peking University Press, 2018

Yang Shanhua. Family sociology. Higher Education Press, 2006


Week 1-2: Introduction to family sociology

Week 3: Evolution of family system

Week 4: Characteristics of urban and rural households in China: based on census and large-scale survey data

Week 5: Origin and evolution of Family Planning

Week 6: Change of fertility desire, fertility behavior and fertility level in China: based on census and large-scale survey data

Week 7: Evolution of marriage system

Week 8: Change of marital behavior in China: based on census and large-scale survey data

Week 9: Current topics and debates in the field of marriage and family research.

Week 10: Student presentations of term papers

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