Promoting the study of contemporary China
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) is a major initiative of the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute. Launched in 2013, it plays a vital role in shaping an Australian approach to the study of contemporary China, and serves as a significant source of research-based information on China, Chinese societies and Chinese economies in the 21st century.
The Centre's mission is to transform our understanding of contemporary China and its place in the world, and to identify and nurture the young intellectual, business and political leaders who will guide the Australia-China relationship in coming decades. The Centre will enhance Australia's bilateral partnerships with top Chinese universities, support and expand the connections between University of Melbourne academics and institutes within the Chinese-speaking region, and act as a hub for contemporary China studies in Melbourne.
Australia in the Asian Century
The Centre will enable the University of Melbourne to firmly establish its position at the forefront of Australian research on China. The University has one of the oldest and largest Chinese Studies programs in Australia and is one of the largest concentrations of multi-disciplinary expertise on China and Chinese societies within Australasia.
Australia continues to debate how it should position itself in a world shaped by the rise of China. Domestically, Chinese investment in certain sectors is coming under increased scrutiny, while the Australian Government's response to the geopolitical implications of China's growing wealth and power has been uncertain. The end of the mining boom raises a whole new set of questions about how social, economic and political affairs in the Chinese century should be managed. As a focal point for the University's China expertise, the Centre can inform these debates and help guide business people, policy-makers, educators and the general public as they negotiate the Asian Century.
- To raise the profile and reputation of the University nationally and internationally by harnessing China-related research from within the Faculty of Arts and across the University
- To provide a highly visible, interdisciplinary, research-focused nexus physically and virtually so as to create and support expert networks for local and international engagements within this area of research
- To provide a framework and focal point for the University's extensive China and Chinese-related teaching, research and research training, and to lead and support the development of new China-related projects
- To assist with the development and realisation of the University's strategy for an enhanced engagement with China and the Asia-Pacific region
The Asia Scholars Program provides new joint appointments across the Faculty of Arts, targeting outstanding scholars from the Asia region. The Program builds the Faculty's research, teaching and engagement profile through collaborative research projects and joint publications with scholars from the best universities in the Asia region.
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies is pleased to host two Asia Scholars: Professor Yao Yang (Peking University) and Emeritus Professor Martin K. Whyte (Harvard University). Yao Yang will return to the Centre from mid July to August 2016 after a short visit in 2015, strengthening the collaboration between the Centre and Peking University's National School of Development on China's economic transition and development. Martin Whyte will join the Centre (and the School of Social and Political Sciences) for three months in 2017 (February to May), 2018 and 2019 contributing to teaching and collaborative research on the sociology of contemporary China.
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) welcomes applications from students to study for a PhD in Chinese Studies by research.
As The University of Melbourne's hub for Chinese Studies, the Centre provides students with an interdisciplinary, collaborative and rigorous research environment in which to pursue their interests. Addressing the challenges and opportunities of the Asian Century necessitates closer understanding of and partnership with China on a number of fronts. Understanding contemporary China is part of defining the contours of economic cooperation, such as through trade and investment and taxes; political collaboration such as effective diplomacy and sustainable security; and social connection through building peer-to-peer linkages and addressing shared social challenges such as an ageing population.
The Centre welcomes enquiries from graduate students with the requisite analytical skills in the social sciences who wish to pursue PhD thesis topics on contemporary China’s economy, politics, society and environment. Our team of early career and established researchers can supervise students on topics including economic development, public finance, public administration, governance, trade and security, social policy (health, education, housing), urbanisation (land use, zoning, rural-to-urban migration), agricultural development, environmental management and other topics.
Initial enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The table below lists the student currently undertaking PhD studies with the centre and the title of their theses.
|Zengji REN||Literacy and School Libraries in Tibet: The Contradictions of Policy and Practice||Professor Christine Wong|
|Randong YUAN||Exploring options for Social Security Reform in China: A Quantitative Simulation approach with Subnational Modeling.||Professor Christine Wong|
|Zhenjie (Jack) YUAN||Multicultural encounters and power reconstruction in China's dislocated boarding schools: case studies of Xinjiang Neidi Class.||Professor Christine Wong|
|Lei YU||State-Market dynamics in China's Affordable Housing provision||Professor Christine Wong|
|Xiao (Monica) TAN||The Chinese State's involvement in health: a study of policy implementation in health insurance and grassroots medical services, 2003-2015||Professor Christine Wong|
|Tianru GUAN||How do the different framings of Senkaku/Diaoyu islands territorial disputes in Chinese broadsheets reflect China's policy towards Japan||Dr Sow Keat Tok|
|Ted LIU||An assertive China in the Middle East to North Africa: more autonomy for the Arab States?||Dr Sow Keat Tok|
|Tianyang LU||The Politics of the Self: Regulatory Representation of Terrorism in the Xinjiang Region||Dr Sow Keat Tok|
|Taotao ZHAO||Design versus implementation: the central-local policy gap in China's ethnic minority policy.||Dr Sow Keat Tok|
|Yao SONG||Theoretical Analysis on the Drivers of China's Central Asia Policy from 2001 to the Present||Dr Sow Keat Tok|
Applicants should also consider Australian Postgraduate Awards and other scholarship opportunities at the university while applying for the Oriental Studies Trust Fund.
Oriental Studies Trust Fund
The Oriental Studies Trust Fund - Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Scholarship is a living allowance to be awarded annually to students who have applied for admission to or are currently enrolled in a PhD degree at The University of Melbourne on a topic related to public policy, economics and society related to Chinese public policy.
Applications are for 2016 are now open. For more information please visit the Faculty of Arts Oriental Studies Trust Fund - Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Scholarship web page.
For more information please email China Centre.
Taiwan Ministry of Education APEC Scholarship
The Ministry of Education in Taiwan is partnering with universities to offer a scholarship to students of the member economies of APEC for a PhD candidate or postdoctoral research fellow.
For more information please see the
The Centre provides a focal point for China-related research across The University of Melbourne, and leads a research program on contemporary Chinese public policy, economics and society.
It seeks to be historically informed in its approach in the contemporary economic, political, socio-cultural, and environmental issues affecting China, and affecting Chinese societies and economies in the broader Asia-Pacific region, including Southeast and East Asia, and Australia.
The Centre aggregates and leverages the substantial wealth of knowledge, experience, and research on China and Chinese societies currently dispersed amongst the academic staff at The University of Melbourne. Its inter- and multi-disciplinary approach will involve key areas of study such as public policy and fiscal reform, socio-political transformations, urbanisation, public health, the environment, and Chinese migration, diasporas and transnationalism.
By providing a focus for China–related research in diverse disciplines, the CCCS will develop and strengthen crucial cross–disciplinary research efforts and greatly enhance research outcomes.
Extensive Chinese resources
The CCCS will be greatly enhanced by its association with the East Asian Collection in the University's Baillieu Library, which is considered one of the best Chinese-language collections in Australia.
The end of poverty in China?
Dr Sarah Rogers, Research Fellow, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
Selling China to the world: translators beware!
Bei Hu, Asia Institute Master of Translation Student
The Tibet project
Dr Gerald Roche, DECRA Fellow, Asia Institute
Can a modern system of governance work under Xi?
Professor Christine Wong, Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
Research Briefs are a bimonthly publication from the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. The Briefs offer analysis of recent developments in China and an introduction to current academic research on topics such as reforms in hukou policy, the stock market and macroeconomic stability, left-behind children, society and environment. The Research Briefs will be available on our website and distributed to our academic, government and business networks.
The Centre is currently soliciting 50-100 word proposals from those who may wish to contribute, including graduate students and colleagues. We are pleased to offer $200 to the author(s) of published Briefs.
The Research Briefs are aimed at a general audience with an interest in China: we expect proposals to tell a coherent story about a topic of general interest. If your proposal is accepted, the full Brief will be approximately 1000-1500 words. The Research Briefs will not include citations, though you may include hyperlinks in the main text to websites or published papers of interest. Avoid academic jargon as much as possible.
Please send your 50-100 word abstract to email@example.com.
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The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute has release Briefing Paper 6; A New starting point: China's eco-civilisation and climate action post-Paris
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2016 Contemporary China Seminar Series
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