Original databases

1. Database of Culture and Folk Customs of Laos Village in Northern Thailand

Southeast Asia

The Database of Culture and Folk Customs of Laos Village in Northern Thailand, a personal database, mainly displays cultural diversity of various ethnic groups in northern Thailand, describes the migration history of the Laos people in Thailand, and demonstrates the shaping power of political culture in the process of state building of Thailand. The Database mainly covers the following contents:

  1. Documents and pictures related to festival customs and customary rites of the Laos villages in northern Thailand;
  2. Documents and pictures related to pattern illustrations and symbolic meanings of woven fabrics of the Laos villages in northern Thailand;
  3. Images and videos related to ceremonies of weddings and funerals of the Laos village in northern Thailand;
  4. Documents related to the 2017 population census in Bansana Village, a Laos village in northern Thailand;
  5. Historical documents of oral history, genealogy and Indo-China Peninsula-related migration history of the Laos villages in northern Thailand.

2. Database of Political Party Institutionalization in Argentina

Latin America and the Caribbean

The Database provides the evaluation criteria and framework for the analysis of political party institutionalization, studying the institutionalization level of a political party from three aspects of party performance, namely autonomy, functionality and cohesion, where quantifiable measurement indicators are statistical results of parliamentary archives, chronological documents of party headquarters, relevant diplomatic agreements, and historical election results, while non-quantifiable indictors are obtained through semi-structured interviews with leaders, elites and youngsters of different political parties in Argentina during two years of local field work.

3. Database of Educational Mobility of New Middle Class Students in Brazil

Latin America and the Caribbean

The Database keeps records of the educational mobility information of 62 middle-income college students from four universities in Sã o Paulo, Brazil, mainly based on the qualitative data obtained through in-depth interviews, including their personal information, family information, school information, work experience, social networks, university decision-making, university experience, and political stance, etc.

4. Database of Interviews with Members of the Tepido Community in Mexico City

Latin America and the Caribbean

The Database covers the interview materials, oral materials, some documents and images of the members of the Tepido Community in Mexico City. Tepido Community, close to the historical center of Mexico City, is a traditional residential area and a huge open-air market, the historical development and appearance at different stages of which represents the true epitome of the Mexican society. Written interview materials related to residents, itinerant vendors, vendor leaders, government officials and cultural activists in Tepido are the main resources of the Database, touching on topics such as the memories, narrations and feelings of the above-mentioned people towards their economic life, social life and daily life in this community. In this sense, the Database can bolster the micro-study of the community governance, social organization mode and cultural economy of Mexico.

5. Latin America Subnational Fiscal Dataset

Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America Subnational Fiscal Dataset: Public revenue and expenditure data at subnational level of 15 main Latin American countries, from 2000 to present.

6.Database of State-Society Relations of Sri Lanka

South Asia

This personal database is mostly based on two years’ field data in Sri Lanka, mainly including local scholars’ works, interview materials, reports of official/non-governmental research institutions, photocopies of parliamentary debate records, local academic journals and magazines, official statistics, and treasured archives, etc. It covers five major topics, namely conflict resolution, ethnic relations, national and local elections, investment and economic growth, political parties and governance, with most literature in English and some in Sinhala.

7. Database of the Governance of Special Economic Zones in Indian States

South Asia

This personal database, based on two years’ personal fieldwork in the host country during doctoral studies, mainly includes descriptive statistical data and a large portion of qualitative data. The data comes from first-hand text data materials, data records of local scholars and related researchers (second-hand data), and official reports. In terms of content-based classification, the Database mainly covers the geographical location, investors, operators and regulators of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Indian states, as well as the export data, the amount of investment received, and the number of jobs created of these SEZs, with the literature mainly presented in English and some being descriptive materials in local languages.

8. Database of Tribal Attributes of Kazakhstan Officials


The Database mainly covers the tribal attributes of Kazakhstan officials from 1991 to 2019.

9.Database of East Africa Hygiene and Health

Sub-Saharan Africa

The Database is a text database mainly covering eastern Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, covering medical and health laws and regulations, historical data of policies, disease development materials, various investigation and research reports, literature, history books, as well as various information the database builder collected through field work in such forms as field investigation notes, images, e-books, and databases related to medical resources, etc.

10. Database of Park Development in Developing Countries

Sub-Saharan Africa

The Database mainly deals with park development in the African continent, with its contents covering the basic information, relevant government laws and regulations, and various research reports of each park, as well as various information the database builder collected through field work in such forms as audios, videos, images, e-books, and databases, etc.

11. Text Database of African Agriculture, China’s Farming, and Agricultural Investment

Sub-Saharan Africa

The Database is a text database focusing on East Africa, and includes data of the following aspects: China’s agricultural investment in Africa, government laws and regulations related to China-Africa farming, various research reports, literature, as well as various information the database builder collected through field work in such forms as field investigation notes, images, e-books, and China-Africa agricultural interaction and development database, etc.

12. Database of Literature Materials of Madagascar’s Modern and Contemporary History

Sub-Saharan Africa

The Database covers the literature of Madagascar from the 16th century to early 20th century, including early logbooks, experience of European missionaries and travelers, and letters from colonial officials, etc.

13.Database of China-Tanzania Economic and Trade Exchanges

Sub-Saharan Africa

The Database is established on the basis of yearbook materials such as China Foreign Economy Statistical Yearbook, China Trade and External Economic Statistical Yearbook, and China Commerce Yearbook, academic achievements such as papers, monographs and reports, as well as items, data and information contained in government and authoritative media websites. With manual comparison and cross-validation, the Database presents the trend of trade, investment and aid, and related key cases between China and Tanzania since 1964.

14. Database of Arab’s Military-Political Relations

West Asia and North Africa

The Database keeps a track of the process of specialization and modernization of Arab armed forces into two parts—the quantitative part and the qualitative part The civil-military relations index, as a quantitative index used to measure the efficiency of civil-military relations, covers five areas, namely governance, military professionalism, social concepts and cultural attitudes, defense finance and civil capacity, each containing a group of main questions and indicators. The quantitative results of this index come from a questionnaire on defense practitioners and non-governmental defense affair experts in Arab countries. The national condition in terms of civil-military relation is a qualitative index, which mainly includes the analysis of the impact of military affairs on system stability, political system, national development and society, economy and national defense. The country profile is mainly drawn based on the analysis of qualitative research experts. The countries currently covered by this Database include Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Tunisia.

15. Database of Economic and Social development in Saudi Arabia

West Asia and Africa

The Database, incorporating the data of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Statistics, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), books and materials, and in a small-sample statistical approach, records the information of Saudi Arabia in terms of population, economy, unemployment rate and others for more than half a century.

16. Database of Political and Economic Cycles in Developing Countries

West Asia and Africa

This database aims to collect data and economic indicators data (e.g. inflation rate, employment rate, Gini coefficient, GDP, CPI, PPI, foreign exchange reserves and currency stock) of economic policies (such as income policy, indexation policy, human policy, economic growth policy and international economic policy) in the political cycle of developing countries (at this stage mainly of developing countries with periodic political elections). The construction of the database is helpful to present and compare the interactive modes between politics and economy within a country, and inspire more in-depth area studies and theoretical research.

17. The Constitutionality Review Database

West Asia and Africa

The Constitutionality Review Database aims to collect the jurisprudence of constitutionality review bodies in key countries in the West Asia and North Africa region. The database consists of three parts: the first part is a background analysis of the constitutional review bodies in each country, including the composition of the constitutional courts (or constitutional councils), the way of selecting members of the courts, the mode of constitutional review, and the effectiveness of constitutional review. The second part is the original data of the constitutional review jurisprudence in each country, which includes the original judgments and their Chinese translations. The third part is the data analysis of constitutional review jurisprudence, including the analysis of the subject of the case, the probability of accepting the case, the analysis of the proportion of constitutional decisions, the analysis of the proportion of unconstitutional decisions, the analysis of the decision making process, the analysis of the reasoning process, and the analysis of the impact of the decision.