Zhenjie Yuan shortlisted finalist in 2018 CHASS Australia Student Prize

Congratulations to Asia Institute PhD student, Zhenjie Yuan, on being selected as one of three finalists in Australia for the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 2018 Prize for a Student.

This prize, the winner of which will be announced at a dinner in Melbourne on 29 October, is awarded for contributions by a student to Australian cultural and intellectual life.

Zhenjie, who was the first recipient of an Oriental Trust Fellowship from the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Asia Institute, is a human geographer who focuses on educational issues. His PhD thesis (supervised by Dr Lewis Mayo and Dr Sarah Rogers from Asia Institute and by Yangbin Chen from La Trobe University) has just been submitted for examination. It examines the spatial politics that unfold in a school in South China which hosts a program for students largely of ethnic minority background from Xinjiang in the western part of the People’s Republic of China who attend the school as boarders. Zhenjie has already produced a number of well-regarded publications arising from his PhD research and from other projects, and became a father earlier this year. The Institute takes great pride in all these achievements.