Daniel R Hammond took up the post of Lecturer in Chinese Politics and Society in September 2011.
He 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.
His publications have been on social assistance in contemporary China focusing in particular on the urban resident minimum livelihood guarantee system. This has included studies at both national and local level. Daniel plans to continue researching social assistance and pursue projects in other areas including policy diffusion, animal welfare issues in China and how poverty is represented in contemporary Chinese society. In addition to academic research Daniel has been active in promoting understanding and knowledge of China in the wider community.
Dr Hammond's research interests, at a general level, revolves around policy and the machinations of the policy process. I am 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 my research focuses on China I actively seek to engage with literature from the broader disciplines of area studies, comparative politics and policy studies.
Specifically, Dr Hammond is interested in social assistance; in particular to 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 he is investigating 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.
This article was published on Dec 4, 2013