The Academy of Guangzhou Developmental Research was established in 2003 and is a first-class research institution of Guangzhou University, a key research base for university humanities and social sciences in Guangdong Province. The academy is also a supporting unit of the Collaborative Innovation Development Center of Guangzhou Studies in Guangdong Province, the base unit and the “first group of new think tank construction pilot units” of the Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee and Government.
In 2005, the Academy became a key research base for humanities and social sciences in universities in Guangdong Province;
In 2014, the Academy became the “Guangzhou Learning Collaborative Innovation Development Center” of the 2011 project in Guangdong Province;
In 2017, the Academy became the “First Group of New Think Tank Building Pilot Units” established by the Guangzhou Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government;
In 2018, the Academy became the “National Cultural Security Research Center” of the Guangdong Social Science Research Base;
In 2018, the Academy was selected into the “Top 100 University Think Tanks” and “China Think Tank Index (CTTI) Source Think Tanks”;
In 2019, the Academy cooperated the Nansha District Government to establish the Nansha Branch of Guangzhou Development Research Academy (Nansha Research Institute).
The Academy at present has a total of eight researchers to include two senior professionaone staff, one vice-senior professional staff, three intermediate professional staff, two administrative staff. All researchers have PhD degrees. The Academy also employs more than 30 part-time professional researchers with practical experiences on and off campus participating in academic research and decision-making. The disciplines of the Academy inlcude philosophy, economics, sociology, law, geography, and religion.