Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies welcomes new staff in 2018

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies is pleased to welcome the following staff in 2018: Dr Anthony Spires as Deputy Director and Senior Lecturer, Dr Fengshi Wu as Senior Lecturer, and Ms Lu Lin as Administrative Support Officer.

Dr Spires’ research focuses on the development of civil society in China, including philanthropy, governmental regulation, and the cultures of nonprofit organisations.

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. 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 on the Anthony J. Spires website.

Dr Wu is a leading expert on state-society relations in China, environmental movements and policies, social activism, and global governance.

Prior to joining The University of Melbourne, she was an Associate Professor and Deputy Coordinator in the International Relations program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She was previously associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard-Yenching Institute.

Associate Professor Wu holds a PhD from The University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree from Beijing University. Widely published, her work has appeared in China Journal, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Journal of Contemporary China, and she currently serves on the editorial boards of Global Environmental Politics and China Review.

She recently co-edited an anthology titled China’s Global Conquest for Resources (2017) on China’s policies around resource shortage and their international impact.

Lu Lin joins the China Centre as the new Administrative Support Officer. She serves as an assistant to the Centre Director, coordinates the Contemporary China Seminar Series and provides general support for the Centre’s projects.

She is currently a practice-led PhD candidate at RMIT University researching diasporic experiences of language in a Chinese-Australian context, through intergenerational storytelling and sound technologies.