'Unpacking Farmers’ Cognition of Land Usufruct in China’s Urban Periphery: A Behavioural Institutionalist Perspective

Conveners: OI and OSGA

Speakers: Dr Wang Yiming, University of Bristol


Many have studied farmland tenure in the post-reform China from a policy making perspective. Yet, the farmers’ cognitions of their land property rights are seldom examined from a policy-taker’s point of view. To fill this gap in the literature, I intend to share some statistical findings and according interpretations, based on a questionnaire survey of 1,209 farmer households around 12 cities in mainland China.


twelve sample cities in china

Dr Yiming Wang is currently a senior lecturer (associate professor) and programme director of MSc Public Policy based in the School for Policy Studies and Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research at the University of Bristol. He received his PhD in 2011 from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California in the USA. He also holds a Master in Applied Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in Canada and Bachelor in Economics from Fudan University in China. Yiming’s academic interest is mainly in economic and social policies relating to the urban built environment, including land use, housing, transport infrastructure, and commercial property development. His research work involves the application of both quantitative and qualitative methods, featuring an international comparative perspective and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to analyse empirical data for public policy research.