April 17th, 2013

The Hugh Downs School of Communications, The Center for Asian Research, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association Presents: “Will China become a Technological Superpower? Lessons from the Chinese Nanotechnology Initiative”

Richard Appelbaum
MacArthur Chair in Global and International Studies and Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara
3:00- 4:30 pm
Stauffer Hall A232

China’s rising economic power is altering global interactions. From aerospace to nanotechnology, China is growing its own industries to compete globally. Their current model has been technological adaptation, but will China move away from an adaptation model to an innovative model? Dr. Appelbaum’s current studies are about the high technology development (focusing on nanotechnology) in Asia and Latin America. This talk will focus on his recent research on high technology development in China.
Richard P. Appelbaum, Ph.D., is MacArthur Chair in Global and International Studies and Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he serves as co-PI at the NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society. Professor Appelbaum has received numerous awards and commendations for excellence in teaching, including the UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in the Social Sciences. He has served as an elected Council Member of the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association, as well as its President. He is on the Board of Consulting Editors of the Encyclopedia of Housing and the Encyclopedia of Global Studies. His most recent book is Towards a Critical Globalization Studies (co-edited with William I. Robinson, Routledge, 2005). He is also a founding editor (and currently emeritus editor) of Competition and Change: The Journal of Global Business and Political Economy.