The Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS) was jointly founded by scholars from different departments and faculties of PKU on October 28, 2005. The Center is the successor to The Chinese Social Organizations Research Center (established in December 1998 and based at The School of Government), one of the first research institutions in China in this field. Following the Center’s development in the recent years, its staff has expanded and currently includes, in total, 15 researchers from The School of Government, The Department of Sociology, The School of Journalism and Communication, The School of International Relations, The School of Law, The Guanghua School of Management, The School of Economics and related academic fields.
The Center upholds PKU’s freedom of thought and tradition of inclusiveness, the promotion of interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary studies and of a far-reaching, cross-industry and extensive research agenda that merges theory and practice.
The Center, along with fostering wide public participation, actively carries out scientific research, teaching and training. It advances academic exchange and critical evaluation, and propels the development of Civil Society in China.
The Center has published The Blue Book on the Development of Civil Society in China (2008)and translations of international works in the field; has set up undergraduate and postgraduate programs on Civil Society and the Non-Profit sector; has jointly organized trainings for leaders of Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) with institutions from China and abroad; has carried out evaluation assessments of NPOs and other projects; and has hosted various forums and seminars.