Published: March 17, 2014

The next event in the CAS Luncheon Series is this Thursday, March 20. Wee Kiat Lim, PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology, will discuss his field work on emergency management systems in China.

Using a mixed-method approach that involves interviews, participant observation, and archival review, he traces the genesis of the Chinese emergency management organizational field created after the 2003 SARS outbreak. His five-month fieldwork in Beijing was conducted over the political leadership transition in late 2012.

His research identifies the provisional successes and failures that define the new field, especially ideas about risk and governance—indigenous and heavily adapted from afar—that have shaped China’s legal and policy landscape on natural disasters over the last decade. His findings inform the understudied area of ideational and expert influence on emerging organizational field formation in neoinstitutional theory, especially in a non-Western context.

This Luncheon Series event will be held in the CAS Conference Room at 1424 Broadway on the CU-Boulder Campus from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.