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.


Kinas utfordringer i Hanens år. Fafo seminar 7 February 2017 (in Norwegian).


Researcher (on leave)
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
Fafo-report 2012:39
Huafeng Zhang, Ingunn Bjørkhaug, Anne Hatløy, Tewodros Kebede
Fafo-report 2012:19
Jon M. Hippe, Bård Jordfald, Ole Løfsnæs, Rolf Røtnes og Berit Tennbakk
Fafo-rapport 2012:08
David Drury and Marie W. Arneberg (eds.)
Fafo-report 356

Huafeng Zhang

Household vulnerability and economic status during disaster recovery and its determinants
A Case Study after the Wenchuan Earthquake

Natural Hazards

Kristin Dalen & Mona Christophersen

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

Hedda Flatø

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

Project manager: Jing Liu
End of project: 2020
Current projects

Project manager: Mona Christophersen
End of project: 2020
Current projects