Did the pandemic shake Chinese citizens’ trust in their government? We surveyed nearly 20,000 people to find out.

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Whether it’s for Trump or Biden, Americans who trust others are more likely to vote

The Conversation

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CSR: Call for Papers

Chinese Sociological Review: Special Issue on Families, Communities, and Nation States in the COVID-19 Pandemic Editors:  Xiaogang Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Yue Qian, University of British Columbia; and Cary Wu, York University Chinese Sociological Review (CSR) accepts proposals for a Special Issue on Families, Communities, and Nation States in the COVID-19 Pandemic. The deadlineContinue reading “CSR: Call for Papers”

CBC Interview

March 2020. Featured in “Experts study how coronavirus pandemic affects trust in officials, ourselves“, CBC. “Government and health officials need to rely on people’s trust to implement effective responses,” said Wu from York University in Toronto. “If people do not trust, it’s very difficult to promote collective action.” Read More >

Times Higher Education Interview

March 2020. Featured in “Coronavirus Sparks A Rising Tide of Xenophobia Worldwide“, Times Higher Education. “Cary Wu, an assistant professor in the department of sociology at Canada’s University of York, is leading new research on whether rising “anti-Asian-looking” sentiment is a result of the coronavirus outbreak specifically or rather just part of a wider strand of xenophobia in WesternContinue reading “Times Higher Education Interview”

Toronto Star Interview

March 2020. Featured in “In the time of coronavirus, what are your rights?“, Toronto Star. “If you have doubts about the government, or don’t have trust in the health system, you might not want to deal with authorities at all, even if you’re sick (with the coronavirus). We could see that become very common,” CaryContinue reading “Toronto Star Interview”


February 2020. Featured in “Testing The Waters” by Lauren Kaljur. “Cary Wu, a sociology professor at York University in Toronto, studies trust in government. He says that south of the border, the trajectory is clear: Americans are losing that trust. There’s less data on Canadians, but the same seems to be true for us. OneContinue reading “Maisonneuve”

UBC Think Sociology!

Spring 2017. Volume 2, Issue 8. “How Education Explains Inequalities in Trust” by Cary Wu. Immigration leads to both demographic and cultural diversity. However, researchers who study immigration tend to assume that the cost of this diversity is lower social cohesion, lower social integration, and lower democratic participation. New immigrants are less likely to engage inContinue reading “UBC Think Sociology!”


Mar 30, 2017. “The Stats Bear it Out: In Quebec, Trust is Low” by Cary Wu and Rima Wilkes. Two scholars on trust dig into the data to see what they believe Andrew Potter got right—and wrong—about Quebec. As scholars who study trust, it was with great interest that we read the recent debate surrounding AndrewContinue reading “Maclean’s”

Global Dialogue

March 2018. “Do Immigrants Gain Trust in High Trust Canada?” by Cary Wu. Trust reflects a person’s perception of goodwill and benign intent from others. People trusting each other is essential not only for individual well-being, but also for social cohesion, economic growth, and democracy. Trust is especially important for immigrants and for societies withContinue reading “Global Dialogue”

Urban Studies Blog

18 Oct 2018. “Current Debates in Urban Theory from A Scale Perspective: Introducing A Scenes Approach” by Daniel Silver, Cary Wu, Terry Clark and Rima Wilkes. Current debates in urban theory from a scale perspective: Introducing a scenes approach” reviews the implications of various basic urban theories for conceptualizing scale, highlighting their (sometimes implicit) stanceContinue reading “Urban Studies Blog”

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