Tao Liu Lecturer, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany
Tao Liu was born and grew up in Guangan (China). He started studying sociology in 1998 at the University of Bielefeld. In Mai 2005 he graduated from Bielefeld University as Diplomsoziologe. During his studies he spent 3 months at the field research in Sri Lanka where he worked on the contribution of Buddhist monasteries to the social welfare in South Asia. In December 2010 he completed his PhD study from Bielefeld University with the doctoral thesis »Global diffusion of knowledge and national welfare state development. The introduction of statutory accident insurance in China. His research interests are new welfare state research, global social rights, global social policy, global inequality research, social assistance and land policy in developing countries. Since September 2010, Tao Liu is researcher in the FLOOR research project Social Cash Transfers – The Global Construction and Diffusion of the Right to a Monetary Minimum. His research areas include the development of the social cash transfer in both rural and urban areas of China, the diffusion of the policy ideas in social cash transfer, the new social pension system in rural areas of China, the connection between the new land policy and the MLSS (minimum living standard system) in rural China.