M3 Progress update

1. Completed Work Package 1 literature review on the mental health and life of rural-urban migrants in Shanghai.

2. Completed first stage of Work Package 2 ethnography work, which started in January 2017. The first stage ethnography fieldwork focused on migrants’ life in Jiuting Town, Songjiang.

3. We have added an additional Work Package 4, which will collect data on mental health and surrounding social and physical environment with the mobile app ‘Urban Mind’ developed with colleagues at King’s College, London, now being revised for use in China and other M3 cities (http://urbanmind.info/home )

4. We have won an additional grant from the King’s – The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), to pilot a parallel study in São Paulo: Mental Health, Migration and the Mega City (Sao Paulo)’ – M3SP

5. We are in discussion with colleagues in Toronto and in Sydney to develop versions of our work in those cities.

6. We have won a workshop grant from Brocher Foundation. Our workshop on Migration, Mental Health and the Mega-City will be held on 24-25 January, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland.

7. Conference papers presented:

• Fitzgerald, D., Rose, N., Manning, N. Mental Life and the Migrant Megacity: Stressed Out in Shanghai. BSA Annual Conference 2016 – Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting. 6-8 April 2016, Birmingham, UK

• Manning, N. and Li, J. Migrants in China’s mega-cities: inequalities in everyday life and mental health. RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2016 – Nexus Thinking. 30 August – 2 September 2016, London, UK

• Li, J. and Manning, N. Precarious urban life and mental health of rural-urban migrants – case of Shanghai. The 11th Japan-Korea-China Joint Conference on Geography: Frontiers of Asian Geography: talking about the decade, creating our future with young spirits. September 11-14, 2016, Sapporo, Japan

• Li, J. and Manning, N. Sociospatial exclusion, precarious urban life and mental health of internal migrants in Shanghai. AAG Annual Meeting, 5-9 April 2017, Boston, US

8. Invited keynote lectures

Rose, N. The Urban Brain: Living in the Neurosocial City. Invited lecture at Aarhus University, Denmark, September 8, 2016; McGill University, Canada, October 29, 2016; University of New South Wales, Sydney, February 2017; University of Western Australia, Sydney, March 2017 and Australian National University, Canberra, March 2017.

9. Forthcoming book

Rose, N. and Fitzgerald, D. (forthcoming 2018) The Urban Brain: Living in the Neurosocial City, Princeton University Press.

10. Working papers

Li, J. and Rose, N. Urban social exclusion and mental health of China’s rural-urban migrants – a review and call for research, under review in Health and Place

Richaud,L. and Amin, A. Life Amidst Rubble: Migrant Mental Health in Urban China and the Management of Subjectivity. To be submitted to Public Culture

Gao, et al., Workplace social capital and mental health of rural migrants in Shanghai. To be submitted to Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

Li, J. and Liu, Z. China’s migrants’ housing stress and mental health. To be submitted to Environment and Planning A