Thought leadership

We help academics to articulate compelling arguments in the international media. Comment pieces by a China Policy Institute academic drew public attention to why China faces a long wait for a Nobel science prize.

Media narratives invariably require a large dose of grounded realism. Academics are well placed to provide considered input to public debates.

Dr Cong Cao, an associate professor at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute (CPI), is one of the leading scholars in the study of China’s science, innovation and technology. He believes recent reports of China’s ascent to scientific superpower status are premature and that there remain serious questions about its true capacity to create.

Dr Cao argues that no one is more aware of its limitations than China itself and that its insecurity is reflected in its fevered but fruitless pursuit of a Nobel Prize in science. This dream is likely to be realised, he says, only when China “abandons cold-blooded pragmatism for a value-driven approach to science”.

As part of our ongoing work with CPI we helped Dr Cao shape his arguments for the media, resulting in high-profile comment pieces in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, The Huffington Post (US edition), The Conversation and The Week.

Over the past four years we have helped the CPI become one of the leading opinion formers on Chinese political, economic and social issues in the UK and overseas, securing thought leadership pieces across the international media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Guardian and China Daily.