The Center for Sociological Research and Development Studies of China (CSRDSC), founded by Professor Fei Xiaotong in 1988, initially is a research institute for development studies from views of sociology and anthropology. We knew that sociology and anthropology are different disciplines in western countries, even totally different in methodology and academic pursue, but for development studies, they may share knowledge and view complementary.
In 2000, the CSRDSC was set as the key research institute of sociology in China by the Ministry of Education. The key research institute program was proposed to promote disciplinary development of philosophies, social sciences, and humanities in Chinese universities. In principle, one key research institute stands for one discipline. So far, 130 key institutes covered all philosophies, social sciences, and humanities in major universities of China. The CSRDSC represents the development of sociology and anthropology in China.
The CSRDSC has four research groups: (1) Development Studies, with both sociologists and anthropologists, devoted to development of rural and minorities; (2) Social Theory Studies, mainly with sociologists, focus on sociological theories; (3)Social Anthropology Studies, mainly with anthropologists, specify on anthropological studies in China; (4) Methodology Studies, with both sociologists and anthropologists, target on methodology in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
The Academic Committee members of the CDRSC are from nation wide universities and research institutes. The current members are: Qiu Zeqi, Liu Shiding, Ma Rong, Li Qiang, Li Peilin, Li Hanlin, Li Lulu, Yang Shengmin. The Chair is Professor Ma Rong.
Professor Qiu Zeqi is the Director. Before him, Professor Fei Xiaotong, Professor Pan Naigu, and Professor Liu Shiding were the directors consequentially.