Director's profile


Professor Mark Wang

Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Professor Mark Wang
Professor Mark Wang

Mark Wang is Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science at Shanxi Normal University in 1982 and Master of Science at Northeast Institute of Geography and Agro-Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1985. In 1995 he gained his PhD from the University of British Columbia. Mark has been with the University of Melbourne since 1996. His recent research concerns China's land acquisition, resettlement/displacement, migration, and water management.

Selected publications

Professor Wang is a human geographer and has published widely on China's urbanisation, development, and environment issues.

Curriculum vitae

Mark Wang curriculum vitae


Dr Anthony Spires

Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

On leave until February 1, 2020.

Dr Anthony Spires
Dr Anthony Spires

Anthony J. Spires joined the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies as Deputy Director and 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 non-profit organisations. He recently served as a Consulting Editor for The American Journal of Sociology and is a frequent reviewer for other academic publications and presses. His research has appeared in The China Journal, China Quarterly, China Information, Journal of Civil Society, and The American Journal of Sociology.

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 work