Associate Professor Xiaoyuan Shang

Associate Professor
BA Nankai, MA China, PhD University of Sussex
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7809
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 323, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy

Xiaoyuan Shang research interests are in the areas of social welfare and child protection in China. Her recent research has focused on issues associated with the alleviation of poverty, social services for vulnerable groups including the elderly, disabled people and vulnerable children in China.

In 2001 and 2005 Dr Shang played a central role in leading a research team to conduct two important large-scale investigations on Children in Institutions and Other Forms of Alternative Care in China, and The Needs of HIV/AIDS Affected Children in China, for UNICEF and the MCA. In 2005 to 2009, Dr Shang organized the first national investigation of orphaned children in China. Dr Shang is a co-author of In Search of Civil Society: Market Reform and Social Change in Contemporary China (Oxford University Press). In 2003 Dr Shang was awarded the Alice Tay Human Rights Award by the Australia-China Council for her significant contribution to improving the understanding of child rights in China. Her work has attracted a great deal of attention to the situation of orphaned children in China, and directly led to two important policy changes: (1) a policy change from institutional care to foster care for orphaned children in state children’s welfare institutions, and (2) the establishment of a new social assistance system for orphans in rural China.

Research

Xiaoyuan Shang is an Associate Professor with the Social Policy Research Centre. Her research interests are in the areas of social welfare and child protection in China. Her recent research has focused on issues associated with the alleviation of poverty, social services for vulnerable groups including the elderly, disabled people and vulnerable children in China.

In 2001 and 2005, Dr Shang played a central role in leading a research team to conduct two important large-scale investigations on Children in Institutions and Other Forms of Alternative Care in China, and The Needs of HIV/AIDS Affected Children in China, for UNICEF and the MCA. In 2005 to 2009, Dr Shang organized the first national investigation of orphaned children in China.

Dr Shang is a co-author of In Search of Civil Society: Market Reform and Social Change in Contemporary China (Oxford University Press). In 2003 Dr Shang was awarded the Alice Tay Human Rights Award by the Australia-China Council for her significant contribution to improving the understanding of child rights in China. Her work has attracted a great deal of attention to the situation of orphaned children in China, and directly led to two important policy changes:
(1) a policy change from institutional care to foster care for orphaned children in state children’s welfare institutions, and
(2) the establishment of a new social assistance system for orphans in rural China.

Policy change in China – Xiaoyuan Shangs research findings added the issue of social welfare provision to vulnerable children to the policy agenda at the top levels of Chinese government. Chinese President Hu Jintao, and other senior officials (Wen Jiabao, Hui Liangyu, Li Keqiang and Minister of Civil Affairs) have adopted Shang’s research findings in child welfare provision. The policy changes have benefited approximately 730,000 orphans.

Current research projects

  • 2010-2012 Transition to Adulthood of children in the care of the state, (Chief Investigators Xiaoyuan Shang and Karen Fisher).
  • 2009-2011 ARC Linkage project Supporting Older People with Disabilities in China (Chief Investigators Xiaoyuan Shang and Karen Fisher)
  • 2007-10 ARC Linkage, Experiences of families of children with disabilities in China, Partner Plan International – China (Chief Investigators Xiaoyuan Shang and Karen Fisher).
  • 2006-2009 Australia Research Council, Linkage project with University of New South Wales, Save the Children UK, and Beijing Normal University, Developing An Effective System Of Child Protection In China, (Chief Investigators Xiaoyuan Shang and Ilan Katz)

Publications

    Books

    • Shang X;Fisher K, 2017, Young People Leaving State Care in China, Policy Press, Bristol
    • Shang X;Fisher KR, 2016, Disability policy in China: Child and Family Experiences, Routledge Contemporary China Series, Routledge, UK
    • Shang X; Wang X, (eds.), 2013, Leading Research on Child Welfare and Protection in China: 2013, Beijing, China Social Sciences Academic Press., China Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing
    • Shang X;Fisher KR, 2013, Caring for Orphaned Children in China, Lexington Books, Lanham, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739136942
    • Shang X, 2013, Experiences of Families with Children with Disabilities in China, 1, Social Sciences Academic Press (China), Beijing
    • Shang X;Zhang Y, 2011, Establishing an Effective System of Child Protection in China,, 1, Social Sciences Academic Press (China), Beijing
    • Shang X;Wang X;Tao C, 2010, DISCOVERY REPORT: Emerging Issues and Findings for Child Welfare and Protection in China:2009-2010, Original, China Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing
    • Shang X, 2008, China`s system of social support to vulnerable children, Original, China Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing
    • Shang X, 2008, A study of the condition of orphans in China, Original, China Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing
    • Shang X; Yan QY; Wang S, (eds.), 2002, Social Welfare and Vulnerable Groups, Original, Chinese Social Science Press, Beijing
    • Shang X;White G, 2002, State Entrepreneurship and community welfare services in urban China, Original, London, London
    • Shang X;Yan QY;Wang S, 2002, The State, society and citizens: changing policies and practices of foster care in China?,, 1, Chinese Social Science Press, Bejing

    Book Chapters

    • Fisher KR;Shang X, 2017, 'Young people moving from rural foster care to cities in China', in Disability and Rurality: Identity, Gender and Belonging, pp. 38 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315577340
    • Shang X;Fisher KR, 2017, 'Child maltreatment and prevention practices in Chinese orphanages', in Rus A; Parris S; Stativa E (ed.), Child Maltreatment in Long-Term Residential Centers: History, Research, and Current Implications, Springer, USA
    • Fisher KR;Shang X;Blaxland M, 2017, 'Disability and welfare services', in Carillo B; Hood J; Kadeza P (ed.), Handbook of Welfare in China, Edward Elgar, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781783472741
    • Fisher KR;Shang X;Xie J, 2016, 'Global South–North Partnerships: Intercultural Methodologies in Disability Research', in Grech S; Soldatic K (ed.), Disability in the Global South: The Critical Handbook, edn. 1, Springer International Publishing, pp. 567 - 582, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42488-0_36
    • Fisher KR;Shang X;Xie J, 2011, 'Support for the social participation of children and young people with disability in China: A Jiangxi county case study', in China's Changing Welfare Mix: Local Perspectives, pp. 193 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203832776
    • Shang X, 2006, 'Disaster relief and child protection', in Tsunami and Disaster Management: Law and Governance, edn. Original, Sweet & Maxwell Asia, Hong Kong, pp. 201 - 214
    • Shang X, 2002, 'The State, society and citizens: changing policies and practices of foster care in China¿,', in Yan Q; Wang S; Shang X (ed.), The State, society and citizens: changing policies and practices of foster care in China?,, edn. 1, Chinese Social Science Press, Bejing, pp. 52 - 81

    Journal articles

    • Shang X;Li XP, 2015, '???????????????????????', Shandong Social Sciences, pp. 49 - 56
    • Shang X;Katz I, 2015, 'Awareness of Child Maltreatment among Professionals in Shanghai', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 9, pp. 245 - 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12062
    • Wang X;Zhou L;Shang X, 2015, 'Child Poverty in Rural China: Multidimensional Perspective', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 9, pp. 109 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12050
    • Fisher KR;Shang X;Li J, 2015, 'Accountability of Children's Services Organizations in China', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 9, pp. 94 - 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12043
    • Blaxland M;Fisher K;Shang X, 2015, 'Transitional and Developmental Challenges for Chinese Social Policy', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 9, pp. 1 - 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12047
    • Shang X;Fisher KR, 2014, 'Social Support for Mothers of Children With Disabilities in China', Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 40, pp. 573 - 586, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2014.896849
    • Fisher KR;Shang X, 2014, 'Protecting the Right to Life of Children with Disabilities in China', Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 40, pp. 560 - 572, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2014.922521
    • Wang X;Xu L;Shang X, 2014, 'China's Pro-Poor Growth: Measurement and Implications', Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 40, pp. 520 - 529, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2014.922523
    • Blaxland M;Shang X;Fisher KR, 2014, 'Introduction: People Oriented: A New Stage of Social Welfare Development in China', Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 40, pp. 508 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2014.923801
    • Shang X;Katz I, 2014, 'Missing Elements in the Protection of Children: Three Cases from China', Journal of Social Service Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2014.922522
    • Shang X, 2012, 'Looking for best practice in caring for disabled children: A case of socialized foster care in China', Asian Pacific Journal of Social Work, vol. 22, pp. 127 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02185385.2012.681151
    • Shang X;Fisher KR;Xie J, 2011, 'Discrimination against children with disability in China', International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 20, pp. 298 - 308, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2009.00666.x
    • Wang X;Shang X;Xu L, 2011, 'Subjective well-being poverty of the elderly population in China', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 45, pp. 714 - 731, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2011.00804.x
    • Shang X;Gleeson R, 2011, 'Some Useful Sources on Chinese Social Policy', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 117 - 121
    • Shang X;Saldov M;Fisher KR, 2011, 'Informal kinship care of orphans in rural China', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 103 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000436
    • Fisher KR;Shang X;Blaxland M, 2011, 'Review Article: human rights based social policies challenges for China', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 71 - 77, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000400
    • Shang X;Gleeson R, 2010, 'Some Useful Sources on Chinese Social Policy', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 117 - 121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000448
    • Wang X;Xu L;Shang X;Ping G, 2010, 'Extra costs for urban older people with disabilities in Northern China', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 79 - 91, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000412
    • Katz I;Shang X;Zhang Y, 2010, 'Missing elements of a child protection system in China: the case of LX', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 93 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000424
    • Shang X, 2009, 'Supporting HIV/AIDS affected families and children: The case of four Chinese counties', International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 18, pp. 202 - 212, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2008.00595.x
    • Shang X;Li Z, 2009, '‘Caring for Older People in Rural China’,Journal of Population and Development', 山西农村老年照料的个案研究', Journal of Population and Development, vol. 2009, pp. 95 - 102
    • Shang X;Tao C, 2009, '‘The Premise of China’s Children Welfare System and its Problems’,“中国儿童福利制度的权利基础及其༈', Journal of Tsinghua University (Philosophy and Social Science), vol. 2009, pp. 143 - 150
    • Shang X, 2008, 'The role of extended families in childcare and protection: The case of rural China', International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 17, pp. 204 - 215, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2007.00531.x
    • Saunders P;Shang X;Zhengang L, 2007, 'Using budget standards to estimate the costs of children: The case of Funan County', Journal of Family Studies, vol. 13, pp. 57 - 71
    • Shang X, 2007, 'The role of extended families in child care and protection: the case of rural China', International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 12
    • Shang X;Wu X;Wu Y, 2005, 'Welfare provision for vulnerable children: the missing role of the state', China Quarterly, vol. 181, pp. 122 - 136
    • Shang X;Wu X;Li H, 2005, '¿Shehui Zhengce, Shehui Xingbie he Zhongguo de Ertong Yiqi Wenti¿ (Social Policy, Gender and Child Abandonment in China)', Youth Studies, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 10
    • Shang X;Zhengang L, 2005, '¿Ertong de Fuyu Chengben: Anhui Sheng Funan Xian Nongcun Ertong Fuyu Chengben Yanjiu¿, (Costs of Children: the Case of Funan Rural Family, Anhui Province)', Youth Studies, vol. 9, pp. 1 - 10
    • Shang X;Wu X, 2004, 'Changing approaches of social protection: Social assistance reform in urban China', Social Policy and Society, vol. 3, pp. 259 - 271
    • Shang X;Wu X, 2003, 'The changing role of the state in child protection: The case of nanchang', Social Service Review, vol. 77, pp. 523 - 540
    • Shang X;Wu X, 2003, 'Under the influence of Confucianism and Communism', Journal of Social Policy, vol. 32, pp. 549 - 570
    • Shang X, 2002, 'Looking for a better way to care for children: cooperation between the state and civil society.', Social Service Review, vol. 76, pp. 203 - 228
    • Saunders P;Shang X, 2001, 'Social security reform in China's transition to a market economy', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 35, pp. 274 - 289
    • Shang X, 2001, 'Moving Towards a Multi-Level and Mult-pillar System: Changes in Institutional Care in Two Chinese Cities', Social Philosophy and Policy, pp. 259 - 280
    • Saunders PG;Shang X, 2001, 'Social Security Reform in China`s Transition to a Market Economy', Social Policy and Administration, pp. 275 - 289
    • Shang X, 2000, 'Bridging the Gap between Planned and Market Economies: employment policies for people with disabilities in two Chinese cities', Disability and Society, vol. 15, pp. 135 - 156

    Conference Papers

    • Shang X;Fisher KA R E N, 2017, 'Never become an adult? Support to young people with disabilities in Chinese state care to achieve economic security', in Never become an adult? Support to young people with disabilities in Chinese state care to achieve economic security, the 5th International Conference on Adoption Research, Auckland, New Zealand., presented at the 5th International Conference on Adoption Research, Auckland, New Zealand., 07 - 11 January 2016
    • Shang X, 2011, 'The Challenges of Social Protection in China', in The Challenges of Social Protection in China, Poverty Reduction and Social Protection in the Era of Post-Financial Crisis, Beijing, presented at Poverty Reduction and Social Protection in the Era of Post-Financial Crisis, Beijing, 18 October 2010

    Reports

    • Shang X;Zhang Y, 2011, Establishing an Effective System of child Protection in China, social sciences academic press (China), Beijing, Establishing an Effective System of child Protection in China

    Conference Presentations

    • Shang X;Fisher K, 2016, 'Everything for the Children: Orphans Growing up in De Facto Adoption Families in China', presented at the 5th International Conference on Adoption Research, Auckland, New Zealand., 07 - 11 January 2016
    • Katz I;Shang X;Yahua Z, 2009, 'Child protection systems in rural China: interagency responses', presented at Chinese Social Policy Workshop, UNSW, 07 July 2009
    • Katz I;Shang X, 2008, 'Child Protection systems in China', presented at ISPCAN, Hong Kong, 01 September 2008

    Working Papers

    • Shang X;Wang X, 2012, Discovery Report: Emerging Issues and Findings for Child Welfare and Protection in China: 2012, Social Sciences Academic Press iChinaj, Beijing, Discovery Report: Emerging Issues and Findings for Child Welfare and Protection in China: 2012
    • Shang X;Wang X, 2011, Discovery report: emerging issues and findings for child welfare and protection in China (2011), social sciences academic press (China), Beijing, Discovery report: emerging issues and findings for child welfare and protection in China (2011)

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