Dr Sow Keat Tok
Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
Sow Keat Tok is Deputy Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, and Lecturer at the Asia Institute. He has previously held research positions in Singapore and the United Kingdom: East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, China Policy Institute, The University of Nottingham and PAIS/CSGR, The University of Warwick. His research covers China's domestic politics and foreign relations, with particular focus on political and economic reforms, central-local relations and domestic dynamics of China's foreign policy.
He is also a keen student of international relations in the Asia-Pacific. He is currently working on two different projects, one on China's development model post-GFC, and political representation of historical narratives in China-Japan relations. His most recent monograph is titled 'Managing China's Sovereignty in Hong Kong and Taiwan', published by Palgrave Macmillan (2013).
Further information about Dr Tok's research can be found on his Find an Expert page.
Dr Anthony Spires
Anthony J. Spires joins the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies as a senior lecturer in January 2018. Prior to coming to the University of Melbourne, he held positions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and as Director of the Centre for Social Innovation Studies. His research focuses on the development of civil society in China, including philanthropy, governmental regulation, and the cultures of nonprofit organizations. He recently served as a Consulting Editor for the American Journal of Sociology and is a frequent reviewer for other academic publications.
A graduate of Occidental College, Anthony holds a PhD in Sociology from Yale University. He is currently working on a book about democratic culture, voluntary associations, and civil society in China. More information about his research can be found at www.anthonyjspires.com.
Dr Sarah Rogers
Dr Sarah Rogers joined the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies in 2016 as a Research Fellow. Sarah is a human geographer specialising in social and environmental change in rural China. Her research interests include poverty alleviation, resettlement, agricultural livelihoods, the politics of water, climate change vulnerability and adaptation and local governance. Sarah completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Melbourne. Sarah's work appears in Nature, Global Environmental Change, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. She is the recipient of a 2016 Dyason Fellowship.
Dr Zoe Wang
Zoe Wang holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Sydney. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on natural resource management and rural development in China. Currently Zoe is developing a research project investigating coffee production in China and its influence on local livelihoods. Before joining the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Zoe taught environmental politics and policy at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. Her PhD thesis addressed how environmental NGOs play their part in China’s environmental and development issues, particularly in the context of rural resource use, which has been central to livelihoods of rural populations. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in south-west China and her research often uses political ecology as the conceptual framework. Prior to PhD study, she worked as an associate researcher, providing policy recommendations on climate change and renewable energy for the Taiwanese government. She also has experience researching social forestry in Sri Lanka. Zoe holds a Master in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from National Taiwan University. She is the recipient of a 2017 Dyason Fellowship.
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