Dr Anthony Spires
Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
On leave until February 1, 2020.
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.
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 hydropolitics, poverty alleviation, resettlement, and agrarian change. She is a Chief Investigator on ARC Discovery Project DP180100519 (2018-2020) examining the restructuring of China's agricultural sector, and is conducting research on poverty resettlement with a grant from the Ford Foundation. Sarah's research has been published in Nature, Global Environmental Change, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
Dr Fengshi Wu
Dr Fengshi Wu joined the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies as Senior Lecturer in March 2018. Prior to joining The University of Melbourne, she was Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of the International Relations program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2014-2018) and Assistant and Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2005-2013). She is a leading expert on Chinese politics (state-society relations), environmental politics (movement and policy) and global governance. Dr Wu holds a PhD in political science from The University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Beijing University. Widely published, her work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, China Journal, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, China Quarterly, Global Policy, Journal of Contemporary China and Vestnik of Saint-Petersburg University. She currently serves on the editorial board of Global Environmental Politicsand China Review. Her edited book China's Global Conquest for Resources (Routledge 2017) focuses on China’s policy around resource shortage and the impacts this is having internationally.
Dr Xiao Han
Dr Xiao Han joined the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies as a Research Fellow in May 2018. Her research interests include the transformation of rural China, the Chinese 'go-out', the techno-politics of (water) infrastructure and the political economy of development. Currently as a team member, she is working on agrarian change in China for the Centre's ARC Discovery Project (DP180100519), which aims to examine (re)configurations of and the relations between land, labour, and capital in China's agricultural sector, as well as the environmental practices of different kinds of farms. Xiao completed her PhD in economic geography at the University of Melbourne. Informed by fieldwork in China and Ghana, and data collected from open sources, her doctoral thesis investigated the goals, practices and consequences of Chinese governments and corporations when building dams overseas. Xiao’s co-authored works has been published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Land Use Policy.
Dr Lei Yu
Dr Lei Yu joined the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies as a Research Fellow in May 2019. Her research interests include urbanization and social policy, central-local relations, public finance and governance in contemporary China. Currently, she is conducting research on migrant housing challenges with a grant from the Ford Foundation, which aims to examine the policy and practices of China’s ‘new-type’ urbanization, using a comparative approach to draw insights on policy impact and the distribution of benefits. Lei completed her PhD in social policy at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne. Drawing on extensive Chinese-language documentation analysis, local urban sets of statistics, and on-site research observation and interviews in five large cities across China, her doctoral thesis investigated the evolution of Chinese affordable housing policy and its effect on improving people’s housing welfare among different social groups.
Professor Ling Zhu
Asia Scholar, Professor of Chinese Studies
Professor Ling Zhu has a visiting appointment as Faculty of Arts Asia Scholar at The University of Melbourne, and is based in the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. Her main research interests are in economic development, especially rural development, poverty and social protection in China. Professor Zhu acquired her PhD in agro-economics from University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1988. She is a Member of the Academy and former Deputy Director of the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing. She sits on several policy advisory committees of the State Council, including the Advisory Committee to the Leading Group for Poverty Reduction (since 2010) and the Theoretical Economics Group of the Academic Degrees Committee (2003-2013). She has also held advisory positions in international development agencies including as board member of UN University-WIDER, and was a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Food Policy Research Institute (2006-2012). Since 2013 she has authored or co-authored six books and numerous articles, including Food Security and Social Protection for the Rural Poor in China (Routledge, 2017), and Removing Obstacles for the Development of Farmers and Herders: Case Studies from the Eastern Tibetan Plateau (Social Sciences Academic Press, 2014).
Professor Martin Whyte
Asia Scholar, Professor of Chinese Studies
Martin King Whyte is John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology Emeritus and faculty associate of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. He received his BA (in physics) from Cornell University and MA (in Russian studies) and PhD degrees (in sociology) from Harvard. He taught at the University of Michigan from 1970 to 1994, at George Washington University from 1994 to 2000, and returned to Harvard as a faculty member in 2000. He specialises in the study of grassroots social organisation and social change in the PRC in both the Mao and reform eras. He has two published books reflecting his ongoing research on inequality patterns and trends in China: One Country, Two Societies: Rural-Urban Inequality in Contemporary China (editor, Harvard University Press, 2010) and Myth of the Social Volcano: Perceptions of Inequality and Distributive Injustice in Contemporary China (Stanford University Press, 2010). He has also published studies on China's economic development patterns, continuity and change in Chinese family life, changing village and city social patterns, gender relations, and demographic and health trends, as well as on comparisons of the post-socialist transitions in China and Eastern Europe.
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