Dr. Kam Wing Chan Featured in the People’s Daily and Bloomberg

This quarter geography professor Kam Wing Chan is in China, touring the country and giving a number of talks on urbanization and the hukou (household registration) system. As a result of one of these talks, Dr. Chan has recently been interviewed by several important media sources in both China and the US. You can find Dr. Chan’s thoughts on China’s Third Plenum (a critical meeting of Chinese officials which many hoped would bring large economic reform to the country) in the Chinese newspaper Ming Pao and on the People’s Daily website, or take a look at Bloomberg for his views on what the Third Plenum might mean for China’s urbanization. For more on his research in general, check out his faculty webpage. We look forward to hearing more about Dr. Chan’s travels, and his influential work!

West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) Seminar by Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood

On Monday, 18 November Drs. Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood will introduce their recently funded Relational Poverty Network (RPN) in a West Coast Poverty Center seminar event. The talk, titled ‘The Relational Poverty Network: Developing a Global Network of Researchers to Expand Poverty Research Discussions,” will take place in Parrington Hall, Room 308, from 12:30-1:30. Please find more details below:

West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) Seminar

The Relational Poverty Network:
Developing a Global Network of Researchers to Expand Poverty Research Discussions”

Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood
Department of Geography, University of Washington

Monday, November 18th
Parrington Hall Commons, Room 308
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Q & A until 2:00 p.m.

Abstract: This presentation will introduce the Relational Poverty Network (RPN), funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted on the UW Campus.  The RPN aims to enliven and expand poverty research by bringing together scholars, students, activists and policy-makers from diverse theoretical and methodological traditions, disciplines and countries into new conversations.  This collaborative research network advances a relational approach to poverty: theorizing poverty as produced and addressed by economic, political and cultural relationships between social groups.  This open and evolving network of poverty scholars is connected by members’ commitment to:

  • Focusing on new objects of study (such as middle class attitudes towards poverty, cross-class alliances, spaces of encounter)
  • building collaborative research across national contexts and disciplines
  • building resources for meaningful comparison across quantitative and qualitative studies
  • fostering open conversations across different views of poverty

We will also discuss opportunities for faculty and students to get involved in RPN activities.

Yanning Wei interviews Matt Sparke for CN Politics

Geography Ph.D. student Yanning Wei interviews Matt Sparke for CN Politics.



Michael Brown Interviewed by KPLU on Same-Sex Households

Michael Brown
According to a survey by the US Census Bureau, Seattle has just overtaken San Francisco as the city with the largest percentage of same-sex couple households in the nation. Our own Dr. Michael Brown was recently interviewed by KPLU about this new distinction. To see the story, and to listen to Michael’s interview, visit KPLU’s website.