Dr. Clark Gray, 2015-2016 China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition Winner

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Clark Gray / photo credit: Carolina Population Center cpc.unc.edu

Clark Gray / photo credit: Carolina Population Center cpc.unc.edu

The Center for Urban & Regional Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Clark Gray from the Department of Geography is the winner of the 2015-2016 China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition. Dr. Gray’s proposed research will build on several of his previous studies investigating the social consequences of environmental change in the developing world in order to examine rural and urban China’s vulnerability to flooding. As Dr. Gray wrote in his proposal, “the natural disaster that affects the most people globally is flooding, with deaths and damages concentrated in East and South Asia. China is particularly vulnerable and has been the site of ten of the ten most damaging floods globally since 1980 (as measured by estimates of the number of people affected).” His collaboration with Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky of the UNC Geology Department and Dr. Valerie Mueller of the International Food Policy Research Institute will aim to conduct a population-level longitudinal study to investigate the social impacts of flooding in rural and urban China.

With support from the Dean’s Office, College of Arts & Sciences and the Provost’s Office, the CURS Program on Chinese Cities solicits applications for its China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition.  This competition is designed to encourage faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to conduct research on Chinese cities.   This competitive program provides $20,000 to support the development of a large research proposal focusing on an issue relevant to urbanization in China.   The next competition will be held in 2016.  Find out more about the China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition.