Professor Chen Zongxing is the Honorary Dean of the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Beijing Normal University. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Executive Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party (CPWDP). He has also served as the President of Northwestern University of China, the Vice Mayor of Xian, the Vice Governor of Shaanxi Province and the Vice Chairman of the Shaanxi Committee of the CPPCC.
Professor Chen received his MS degree in Geography and has worked extensively on issues in agriculture, public health and ecological environment. He has organized and participated in a variety of large-scale surveys as well as in-depth investigations. He has reported to the government the many issues regarding the people's livelihood that he has found in his research through the CPPCC and offered useful policy suggestions. For instance, he proposed to set up new legislation for medical treatment and health care as well as the establishment of a national pharmaceutical regulation system. He advocated for comprehensive management of the ecological development and optimal distribution of administrative authority over the Yangzi River basin. He deemed the low income of peasants and the low level of industrialization as key to the agricultural problems in China and pointed out problems in the construction of local health clinics and the security of doctors in rural areas. He suggested that rural vocational education would be an important step in improving the quality of life for the peasant population. After the Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008, Professor Chen attended the international forum for "Global Dialogue on Wenchuan Earthquake Response" held by Beijing Normal University and the University of Hong Kong and offered many useful suggestions for post-disaster rescue and assistance. He also attended the "The First Anniversary of Global Dialogue on the Wenchuan Earthquake Response," where he summarized and commented on the rescue work done after the earthquake. Many of his suggestions have been adopted by the government and have had broad social impact. Professor Chen has also edited a number of well-received books, including Introduction to Geographic Environment and Regional Analysis and Planning.