New staff publications
The latest publications and commentary from Centre staff Professor Christine Wong, Dr Zoe Wang, Dr Sow Keat Tok and Dr Sarah Rogers.News
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmBelt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan-India TriangleSeminar/Forum CPEC;Belt and Road;infrastructure;pakistan;india;China;
2017 Contemporary China Seminar Series: Semester 2
In semester 2, the China Centre continues to bring a range of distinguished speakers from around Australia and the world to showcase their latest research on Contemporary China. Presentations typically run for one hour followed by opportunities for questions and discussions with the speaker.News
Tuesday 5:30pm - 7:00pmWeChat therefore We Are: Chinese Social Media in Inner MelbourneSeminar/Forum media reports;WeChat;social media;racism;
2017 Dyason Fellowship awarded to CCCS Research Fellow, Dr Zoe Wang
Congratulations to our Research Fellow Dr Zoe Wang who is awarded a 2017 Dyason Fellowship from the University of Melbourne. The Dyason Fellowship will support Zoe’s research on the politics of coffee production and land use in southwest China, in collaboration with Assistant Professor Po-Yi Hung at the Department of Geography, National Taiwan University. This Fellowship will also build partnerships between the University of Melbourne and National Taiwan University. This is the second Dyason Fellowship awarded to the researchers of CCCS, following the success of Dr Sarah Rogers in 2016.News
Read about our recent conference where the discussion focused on changing food demand, rapid urbanisation, and significant environmental constraints facing China’s agricultural sectorNews
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmUnrest in Tibet: Protest and Conflict and the Dynamics of Political IntegrationSeminar/Forum political integration;conlfict;Tibet;violence;protest;China;
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmThe Global Drain: China's Groundwater Pollution and Why it Matters to the Rest of the WorldSeminar/Forum water 10 plan;Groundwater;pollution;Water;China;
Thursday 5:30pm - 7:00pmThe Dawning of a New Global Order? Germany and China in the Trump EraSeminar/Forum global affairs;Trump;Germany;FOREIGN POLICY;China;
Seminar Recording - The Sustainability of Chinese Investment in Australia
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Special Seminar Series on Chinese State-Owned Enterprises began in 2017 with a talk on 'The Sustainability of Chinese Investment in Australia', by the head of Sydney Business School's Australia China Business Network and Chair of the Business and Economics cluster at the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre, Professor Hans Hendrischke.Watch the seminar through our Vodcast PlaybackNews
2016 Contemporary China Seminar Series
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Seminar Series during the 2016 academic year showcased a variety of interesting research on contemporary China. We invited speakers from around Australia who presented their research in an hour long seminar with additional time allowed for questions.News
China Centre Research Briefs
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. The Research Briefs will be available on our website and distributed to our academic, government and business networks.News
Promoting the study of contemporary China
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) 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 enhances Australia's bilateral partnerships with top Chinese universities and acts as a hub for contemporary China studies in Melbourne.
Australia in the Asian Century
The University of Melbourne is 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 Professor Martin K. Whyte (Harvard University). Yao Yang will return to the Centre from mid July to August 2017 after short visits in 2015 and 2016, 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 email@example.com
The table below lists students 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 Modelling||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||Towards enhanced primary care system in China: Redefining the Governments role||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||As assertive China in the Middle East to North Africa: more autonomy for the Arab States?||Dr Sow Keat Tok|
|Tianyang LIU||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 for this scholarship are not currently open.
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
Understanding Contemporary China
The Centre provides a focal point for China-related research across The University of Melbourne, and leads an inter-disciplinary program on contemporary Chinese public policy, economics and society.
Our five research themes are:
- Governance and public policy
- Domestic economy
- Agriculture and environment
- Social change and inequality
- Trade and overseas direct investment
The Centre also supports the Chinese Studies Research Group
Rumbling of Reform in China's Fiscal Foundations
Professor Christine Wong, Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
Reforming history: Putting the CCP back into China's historical narratives
Dr Sow Keat Tok, CCCS Deputy Director
Ending China's One-Child Policy: Too little too late?
Professor Martin K Whyte, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Asia Scholar
Affordable housing provision in urban China: A solution for whom?
Lei Yu, PhD Candidate, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
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. The Research Briefs are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Contemporary China Seminar Series
Professor Hans Hendrischke, University of Sydney
The sustainability of Chinese investment in Australia
Based on analysis of the trajectories of Chinese ODI in Australia over the past decade Professor Hendrischke will discuss the strategic and economic fundamentals and depoliticise the foreign investment debate. He concludes that the regulatory regime needs clarity and transparency as well as the right of government to make strategic decisions.
Professor Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College
The origins and dynamics of crony capitalism in China: insights from prosecuted cases of collusive corruption
By examining the evolution of Chinese economic and political institutions since the early 1990s, we can trace the emergence of crony capitalism to two critical changes in the control of property rights of the assets owned by the state and the personnel management of the officials the ruling Communist Party. Consequently, local political and business elites gain greater incentives and opportunities to collude with each other in looting the assets nominally owned by the state.
This talk aims to explore language practices, language in power and linguistic hierarchies in China at a time when President Xi Jinping is defining the national goal as the Chinese dream.
China's economy, the world's second-largest, is in the middle of transitioning to a new development stage. The Melbourne Institute and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies bring together six leading specialists on the Chinese economy to discuss where China's economy is heading.
The Asia Institute and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies bring together three experts on China to discuss if China has reached its turning point.
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies presents Professor Ross Terrill, the Melbourne-born, Harvard-based and internationally renowned author of nine books on China.
The Little Red Podcast
The Little Red Podcast: interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway, from the studios of The University of Melbourne's Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies.
Episode 2: The politics of language on the Tibetan plateau
In this episode, Graeme and Louisa talk with anthropologist Gerald Roche about the prospects for the survival of non-Tibetan languages in the Tibetan areas of the PRC.
Episode 1: Have China's greenhouse gas emissions peaked?
For the first episode of The Little Red Podcast, Graeme interviews Fergus Green, former research assistant to Professor Nicholas Stern, who explains how changes in the Chinese economy are affecting China's greenhouse gas emissions