Fafo has been conducting activities in China since 1994 and developed close and constructive cooperation with Chinese institutions. Fafo’s research in China focuses on social, economic and political developments with particular attention to distribution, vulnerability, social sustainability and the impact of social transition for households. We also engage in policy analysis and dialogue with Chinese policymakers and researchers.

Fafo operates a regional office in Beijing.

Our main cooperating partner in China is the  Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED), a research center under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Fafo also has an agreement with China’s Central Party School to conduct scholarly cooperation on the “Nordic Model” of social organization. Apart from this, Fafo has cooperated with the Peking University (Research Center for Contemporary China, RCCC); the Central Finance and Economy University in Beijing, Nankai University (especially their Yunnan institute in Kunming); and Lanzhou University.


Huafeng Zhang, Mona Christophersen, Kristin Dalen, Jing Liu and Jon Pedersen
Fafo-report 2018:21
Fafo-paper 2016:03
Kristin Dalen, Hedda Flatø, Liu Jing and Zhang Huafeng
Recovering from the Wenchuan Earthquake
Living Conditions and Development in Disaster Areas 2008–2011
Fafo-report 2012:39
Huafeng Zhang, Ingunn Bjørkhaug, Anne Hatløy, Tewodros Kebede
Perceptions of Good Jobs. Analytical Report. Jianyang, China Sichuan
Background paper for the World Development Report 2013
Fafo-report 2012:19
Jon M. Hippe, Bård Jordfald, Ole Løfsnæs, Rolf Røtnes og Berit Tennbakk
Klemt mellom Kina og klima
Plass til kraftintensiv industri i Norge?
Fafo-rapport 2012:08
David Drury and Marie W. Arneberg (eds.)
No More Forevers
The Chinese Labour Force in a Time of Reform
Fafo-report 356

Zhihong Sa & Jing Liu

Making an invisible care workforce visible: a survey of domestic workers in three cities in China
China Population and Development Studies | 2022 | Open access

Kristin Dalen

Welfare and Social Policy in China: Building a New Welfare State | 2020 The Socialist Market Economy in Asia

Huafeng Zhang

Household vulnerability and economic status during disaster recovery and its determinants
A Case Study after the Wenchuan Earthquake
Natural Hazards | 2016 | Sammendrag / Abstract

Kristin Dalen & Mona Christophersen

Hurtigtutrydding av fattigdom
Kina skal utrydde fattigdommen på ett år. Koste hva det koste vil | 2020 | Kronikken på

Hedda Flatø

Access to Health in a Chinese Village
The State, the Market and Barriers to Care | 2011