Who sets up the bridge? Tracking scientific collaborations between China and the European Union

L. Wang*, X. Wang

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In the past decade, collaborations between China and the European Union (EU) have been rapidly expanding. Hitherto, however, little research has been carried out to assess the implementation and impacts of such collaborations. This article presents an in- depth analysis of the scientific collaborations between China and the EU28, focusing on the major research priorities and benefits of these collaborations. To shed light on the initiatives of collaborations, corresponding authors are detected and classified into three categories: Chinese local, Chinese abroad, and non-Chinese. Evidence shows that academic collaborations between China and the EU28 have been mainly set up by Chinese researchers. In the fast- growing China- EU collaborative fields, the revealed comparative advantage scores in China have improved substantially. In the EU28, however, there is no such obvious improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-131
Number of pages8
JournalResearch Evaluation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

JEL classifications

  • o33 - "Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes"


  • China
  • Comparative advantage
  • Corresponding authors
  • Scientific collaborations
  • The EU28
  • scientific collaborations
  • corresponding authors
  • the EU28
  • comparative advantage

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