Venue: Consistorium Hall, which is inside the Main Building of the University of Helsinki

Exact address is Fabianinkatu 33, Floor 2


9:30  Opening Remark by Julie Yu-Wen Chen, University of Helsinki

9:35-10:00 Keynote speech by Oscar Almén, Uppsala University, Sweden

Title: Local Governance Diversity in China

10:00-10:25 Keynote speech by Zhongyuan Wang, Fudan University, China

Title: The Linkage Strategies, Modes and Mechanisms between the Political Party and Citizens in China’s Single Party Regime

Morning Panel

10:25-10:45  From Challenging the State to Solving Societal Challenges -  The Principal-Agent Dichotomy of Public Goods Provision in China and The Role of Entrepreneurship (Constantin Holzer, Lecturer in Chinese Business, University College Cork, Ireland)

10:45-10:55 Discussion led by Riccardo Berti

10:55-11:15 Zimbabwean Elite Opinions on the Chinese Model (Natalie Ruvimbo Hodzi, PhD Student, University of Helsinki, Finland)

11:15-11:25 Discussion led by Marcin Kaczmarski (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)

11:25-11:45 The Struggle for Glory and the Glory of Struggle: Propaganda for Entrepreneurs and Creating the Integral State (Coleman Mahler, PhD Student, UC Berkeley, USA)

11:45-11:55 Discussion led by Julie Yu-Wen Chen

11:55-12:45 Lunch break. Presenters will be invited for lunch in the staff restaurant in the same building.

Afternoon Panel

12:50-13:10  Social Governance and the Development of Social Work Profession in China (Hua Li, PhD Student, Zhejiang University, China & University of Helsinki, Finland)

13:10-13:20  Discussion led by Zhongyuan Wang

13:20-13:40  In Laotianye We Trust: Chinese Governance in the Big Data Era (Adam Knight, Graduate Student, Oxford Internet Institute, UK)

13:40-13:50 Discussion led by Constantin Holzer

13:50-14:10 The Consequences of Xi Jinping’s Politics on Environmental Law in China (Riccardo Berti and Mariagrazia Semprebon, Lawyers, Italy)

14:10-14:20 Discussion led by Oscar Almén

14:20-14:40 Final discussion and conclusion on the Chinese model of governance led by Julie Yu-Wen Chen

14:40-15:00 Coffee/Tea


Suggested evenining programme in Helsinki

19:00-21:00 GrandPiano on Tour Concert in Helsinki's iconic church

Information about the concert on Facebook

Conference attendees will receive a DISCOUNT CODE for the ticket to the concert!