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Social assistance and poverty alleviation policy in PRC
Online discourses on poverty in PRC
Representations of China in digital games
Sino-SEA relations

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Daniel R Hammond took up the post of Lecturer in Chinese Politics and Society in September 2011.

Daniel has a long association with Edinburgh completing his undergraduate studies in History and Politics (2002) and subsequently successfully completing the Master of Chinese Studies (2005) program at the University. He then completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 2010. During his PhD research he spent time at Nankai University in Tianjin (2006) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing (2007). Before taking up his current position at Edinburgh he tutored and lectured at the University of Glasgow.


PhD, Politics, "Explaining policy making in the PRC: The Case of the Urban Resident Minimum Livelihood Guarantee," Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, UK (2005-2009, Defended: 08/02/10)

Master of Chinese Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK (2002-2004)

MA (Honours) History and Politics 2:1, University of Edinburgh, UK (1998-2002)

Research Interests

Dr Hammond's interests, at a general level, revolve around policy and the machinations of the policy process. He is interested in research which addresses the emergence, development and implementation of policy, the role of institutions and actors within this process, the impact of centre/ local relations and the theoretical contributions that this research can make. Although his research focuses on China, Dr Hammond actively seeks to engage with literature from the broader disciplines of area studies, comparative politics and policy studies.

Specific areas which he is interested in include social assistance; in particular the emergence, development and adoption of the urban resident minimum livelihood guarantee (MLG) system. He is currently pursuing work on the expansion of social assistance beyond a basic subsistence provision in urban China and hope to begin work on the rural program in the near future. In addition Dr Hammond investigates how the current MLG program deals with inflation and how recent changes might improve its effectiveness. He intends to pursue an active research agenda at Edinburgh working on new areas including policy diffusion in China, animal welfare, how poverty is represented and China’s role in development in South-East Asia.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Explaining Policy Making in the PRC: The Case of the Urban Resident Minimum Livelihood Guarantee, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010


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