PhD, Professor, Doctoral Supervisor


Research Areas

*Social Policy (social policy theories, welfare state studies and comparative social policy, global governance and global social policy); *Social Security (income maintenance, poverty studies and social assistance, health care policy and housing policy); *Social Work (social welfare, community work, elderly welfare, child welfare, gender issue and disability welfare); *Sociology (quality of life and social quality, social indicators research, sustainable development and environmental policy); *Social Administration (urbanization and population migration, social administration and local government, social innovation).

Career History
Teacher (tutor and lecturer, 1983-1994) in Dept. of Philosophy and Sociology, Hangzhou University;
Doctoral researcher (1994-1999) and research fellow (1999-2002) in Dept. of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Tampere, and Senior Researcher (2003-2006) in University of Turku (Finland);
Docents (2005-Present) in comparative social policy at University of Tampere and in social policy at University of Turku.
Professor of social policy and social work in Dept. of Sociology, and the director of Social Policy Research Centre of Nanjing University (2005-2009), deputy director of the Chinese-Nordic Cultural Centre;
Professor (2009 to present) in College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, the deputy director of the Centre For European Studies of Zhejiang University, the head in the Dept. of Social Security and Risk Management, Zhejiang University, and the executive director in the MSW Center (social work) of Zhejiang University.
Vice chair, International Association on Social Quality, vice chair, International Social Security Studies of the Chinese Social Security Association, and vice chair, the Social Policy Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Chinese Sociological Association. The board members of the Chinese Association of Social Work Education, the steering committee of “the Global China Group” in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN); the member of editorial board inInternational Journal of Social Qualityand Nordic Social Work Research.


Courses Taught
In Chinese: Introduction to Social Security and Thoughts/Theories of Social Security for undergraduate students; The International Comparison of Social Security Systems (for MA students); The Key Issues of Social Security (for PhD students); Social Administration and Social Policy (for PhD students)
In English: Social Policy and Social Development in Contemporary Chinafor the MA program in “China Studies” ; Social Policy Research (for the MA program in social administration), The Issues of Social Security and Welfare Services in China (for the MA program of the Nordic students).

Research Projects

Research on Social Support for Aging Society (the National Foundation of Natural Sciences, taking a sub-project)2015

Exploring the Mechanism of Social Welfare Development in Zhejiang Province (Zhejiang Civil Affairs Bureau),2014

2013 Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change (EU project, taking a sub-project on employment policy and social care), 2013-2017
The EU-China Collaborative Project on Environmental Participation (EU project, taking a sub-project on the institutional analysis), 2012-2014
Social Quality Theory and Harmonious Society (a key research project, the national Foundation of Social Sciences), 2012-2014
Life Quality and Social Quality: Studies on the Indicators System of Life Quality Evaluation in Hangzhou (Hangzhou municipal government), 2010-2011
Social Quality Theory and Social Construction (Zhejiang Provincial Government), 2010-2012

Social Justice and Income Redistribution (The national Foundation of Social Sciences), 2008-2010

The Drug Users and the Prevention of AIDS in Nanjing City (The State Office of AIDS Prevention), 2008-2009
The International Theories of Social Construction (the focal project of the national Foundation of Social Sciences, taking a sub-project on social security), 2006-2009
The Supporting Program for the Elite Researchers of China in the New Century (Ministry of Education), 2007-2009





Ka Lin: Social QualityThe Theory, Methods and International Comparison (《社会质量:理论方法与国际比较》), Beijing: Peoples Publishing House, 2016.

Ka Lin, Peter Herrmann (eds.): Social Quality: A New Perspective on Social Development, New York: Berghahn Books, 2015. 

Ka Lin, Jiahua Zhang: Social Policy and the Society-building Process: The Experience from the Nordic Countries(《社会政策与社会建设:北欧经验》), Beijing: Renmin University of China, 2014. 

Ka Lin, Mengya Chen: Theories and  Paradigms in Social Policy Research社会政策的理论和研究范式》), Beijing: China Labour and Social Security Press, 2008.

Ka Lin, Lei Huang and Li Bai: Protecting the Marine Eco-emvironment and Constructing the New Development Zone in Zhoushan Islands (《海洋生态环境保护与舟山群岛新区建设》). Hangzhou: Zhangjiang University Press,2017 .

Ka Lin, Haoran Lv (eds.): The International Experience of Environment Protection and Public Participation (环境保护公众参与的国际经验). Beijing: China Environment Press, 2015.

Ka Lin, Hao Zhu, Longfei Yi: Jiaxing Model and the Construction of Mechanism for Public Participation and Environment Protection in Zhejiang Province (浙江省公众参与环境保护的机制构建), Beijing: Chinas Environment Press. 2015.

Ka Lin: Confucian Welfare Cluster: A Cultural Interpretation of Social Welfare, Tampere: University of Tampere, 1999.

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