Institute of Education


Chinese Educational Research Association (CERA) Annual Conference 2019

12 June 2019–14 June 2019, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Chinatown in London, by Ungry Young Man, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The 2019 CERA conference on "Transformation in space: migration and mobility in Chinese education" aims to explore and discuss the pluralities of space in Chinese education, something that has been transformed in recent years.

Event Information

Open to







CERA Conference 2019 Committee


Various UCL rooms
University College London
United Kingdom

Examples of the pluralities of space can include interrelations between rural/urban, national/international and public/private spaces, for instance: 

  • the changing divide between rural areas and cities in China,
  • the growing numbers of Chinese students studying abroad,
  • the development of Sino-foreign university cooperation,
  • the spread of privately funded ‘international’ schools alongside the expansion of mainstream education in China.

Young people no longer think solely in terms of futures limited to the places where they grew up, so China and the wider world of their imaginations are now accessible and within reach. Access to international education through studying abroad has been an important development alongside the expansion of mainstream education in China ever since the nineteen century.

In recent decades this development has intensified through the growth of ‘international’ education including the development of universities and privately funded schools. Therefore, ideas of ‘space’ not only refer to the physical locations where education takes place but also to our understanding of the ever expanding scope of education and learning. 

    About CERA

      CERA aims to bring together academics, researchers, students, professionals and practitioners working on the topic or related aspects to share their interests and contribute to the critical research and discussion of Chinese Education in its broadest sense.

      The conference is supported by the UCL Institute of Education and the Education Section, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UK.

      Call for abstracts

      Abstracts of 200-250 words should be submitted via the conference website by 15 April 2019

      Keynote speakers

      Keynote speakers include:

      • Professor Gu Qing, UCL Institute of Education
      • Professor Prue Holmes, Durham University
      • Professor Yaojun Li, University of Manchester
      • Professor Lee Elliot Major, University of Exeter
      • Professor Catherine Montgomery, University of Bath
      • Dr Johanna Waters, UCL Department of Geography

      Day 1 - 12 June: Nunn Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL
      Day 2 - 13 June: B304 - LT1, UCL Cruciform Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
      Day 3 - 14 June: various UCL rooms (attendees will be notified of locations)

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      Chinatown in London, by Ungry Young Man, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


      Early bird (before 20 May 2019): £15. Standard: £30