Dr Mei Zhang
Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Research InterestsHaving worked in a number of multidisciplinary research environments in Beijing, Cambridge, Stuttgart and Sheffield, Dr Zhang’s research interests lie mainly in two themes: globalisation and its impact on rural-urban migration, rural development and urbanisation in China; and cultural, environmental and sustainable development.
Following her PhD work in Cambridge, Dr. Zhang has systematically studied the growth of the post-1978 Chinese economy, especially focusing on rural development in China’s poor regions and the role of rural-urban migration in solving rural poverty during the process of globalization. She has also examined the impacts of economic growth on environmental and cultural reservation, considering different cultural backgrounds.
Through a number of research projects funded by the European Commission and the British Academy, Dr Zhang has studied cross-cultural differences in urban comfort and sustainable development between China and UK, from social, economical and psychological viewpoints. Based on a series of large scale surveys, quantitative and qualitative analyses have been made, including semantic differential analysis.
M. Zhang, China’s Poor Regions – Rural-urban Migration, Poverty, Economic Reform and Urbanization. London: Routledge Curzon, 2003.
Articles and Book Chapters
M. Zhang and J. Kang, Towards the evaluation, description and creation of soundscape in urban open spaces. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, volume 34, 2007.
M. Zhang, From rural poverty to urban poverty: A case study in Shanxi. CHINA aktuell - Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, April 2007.
M. Zhang and J. Kang, A cross-cultural (UK and China) semantic differential analysis of the soundscape in urban open public spaces. Technical Acoustics. Vol. 25, No. 6, 2006.
M. Zhang and J. Kang, Environmental policy and research in Europe. Greenleaf – Journal of the State Administration of Environmental Protection of PRC, 2005 (2).
M. Zhang, Rural privatisation and women's labour: property rights and gender concepts in Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang’ in Women of China, Macmillan Press Ltd, 1999.