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  • Project contributors: Falkingham J, Vlachantoni A, Hosegood V, Evandrou M, Wahba J, Jordan L, Padmadas S, Zhu L, Wang Z, Cai F, Collinson M, Du Y,

    This Project is part of the following research programme/s:

    Intergenerational exchange


    China and South Africa have witnessed rapid industrialisation and economic growth, which has been partly fuelled by the availability of migrant labour, particularly moving from rural areas to urban centres. Building on existing research partnerships, this project allows the study of patterns of internal migration in the two countries and their impact on the financial, physical and social wellbeing of groups 'left behind'. The research analysed data from hitherto 'hard to access' datasets and the project includes a capacity building element on the analysis of large and complex datasets.

    The project had three overarching objectives. Firstly, by utilising country-specific data relating to China and South Africa, the project aimed at improving access of UK researchers to previously unused or under-used datasets which can assist the exploration of policy relevant research questions relating to the physical, social and economic well-being of people in these two countries. Secondly, through strengthening existing research networks with colleagues in China and South Africa, the project aimed at maximising opportunities for knowledge exchange of both substantive and methodological issues. Finally, by strengthening existing research networks, the project was aimed at providing a launching pad for future collaboration between British, Chinese and South African researchers. It was envisaged that through data analysis the project would generate new knowledge and highlight gaps in the evidence base for informed policy making, also contributing to planning regarding mitigating the impact of economic migration on the well-being of children and older people.