About researches

Current projects

CHINA’S HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
As one of the fastest growing and leading economies today, China has come into the 21st century with unpresedented financial and political power. With the emergence of China as a key global player comes the outcry against the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding across the country, and has put the spotlight on the global community for solutions.This project will research the reasons behind China’s poor human rights record, identifying the complex array of national interests and processes, paths and actors in policy-making, and explore solutions to these issues.
HOW TO: A GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING

This project will research and propose how students in the United Kingdom can live sustainably. It will explore what actions are most damaging to the planet and which actions bring the highest benefits by reducing our pollution. The final policy suggestions will outline which steps each individual student can take and what impact that will have.

IDEOLOGICAL DISCREPANCIES

People label themselves with different ideologies, such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism and nationalism. But are their labels consistent with their opinions on real events? This project will explore the ideological discrepancies between students’ political convictions and their practical evaluations. Due to the increase of Chinese students in Western universities, it will also investigate the ideological gaps between Chinese and Western students. This project aims to reveal the size of these discrepancies via social survey. The final policy suggestions will provide students and institutions alike with recommendations to improve mutual understanding across ideologies and social groups.

Past projects

THE PURPOSE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

As old as Universities are, our concept of them and the education they provide has changed significantly throughout time. With its increasing accessibility, it appears to many that the service they provide might be decreasing in quality. This project focuses on defining what the purpose of higher education is, whether this be the training of the work-force for their future professional careers, the cultural enrichment of individuals, or somewhere in-between. Once defined, it will assess whether these institutions achieve their purpose.

MENTAL HEALTH AND UNIVERSITY

Mental health issues in university are a big barrier for many that strive to complete their degrees. The University of York has faced significant criticism in the past for a lack of support and resources for students that are going through such issues. This project will investigate the allegations in order to provide substantiated solutions to submit to the University for consideration.