Data & Methods

Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society


Project Summary

The proposed project is a spatial study of five major religions in China, which is built on the foundation laid out by the project of a spatial study of Chinese Christianity (SSCC) in four provinces supported by the Henry Luce Foundation from 2011 to 2014. The new project, using the techniques the current project has developed through the SSCC, will expand the study of Christianity to the rest of 27 provinces and develop new spatial studies on Buddhism, Islam, and Taoism in the entire country from January 2014 to December 2016. The project is led by the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University and the China Data Center at the University of Michigan, the proposed project will 1) complete, validate and enter spatial data of religious sites into the online system; 2) further develop the online spatial information explorer so that it becomes accessible to the public, useful to professionals such as journalists reporting on religions in China, and valuable to academic teaching about religions in China; 3) conduct theory-driven studies using the spatial data and online system; and 4) use these studies as exemplars, in addition to other instructional materials, for training of professionals and researchers.


Henry Luce Foundation


  • Shuming Bao

Project Period

2013-11-11 - 2016-10-15