Priority Research Themes
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) acts as a hub for contemporary Chinese studies in Australia and leads an interdisciplinary research program covering major social science disciplines, including sociology, geography, development studies, and public policy.
In its current strategic plan (2020–2024), CCCS identifies three priority research themes:
- Global China
- Civil society and social change
- Natural resources, water, and climate change
Current Research Projects
Our Centre has been spearheading Chinese Studies in Australia. We are currently working on several large research grants, including a Ford Foundation grant to conduct collaborative research on local engagement within Indonesia for Chinese investment projects, and to organise a network of scholars for sharing China knowledge in the Southeast Asia and Pacific Region (2021–2022, US$250,000), a DFAT funded project “Engaging Digitally with Chinese International Students to Promote Australian International Education: Creating a Collaborative Online Video Series about Studying In Australia” (2021–2022, AU$99,000), and another project funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China “The Process, Mechanism and Effects of Spatial Restructuring of the Multi-dimensional Primary Education” (2021–2024, AU$110,000).
Further details and smaller projects can be found on individual staff members' Find an Expert profiles or personal websites.
Global China Knowledge Network
Visiting Scholar Programs
CCCS regularly hosts visiting scholars (including PhD candidates) of Chinese Studies from China and elsewhere in the world.
Please contact individual staff members to sponsor applications.
Asia Scholars Program
The Asia Scholars Program provides joint appointments across the Faculty of Arts, targeting outstanding scholars from the Asia region. The Program builds the Faculty's research, teaching, and engagement profile through collaborative research projects and joint publications with scholars from the best universities in the Asia region.
Chinese Studies Research Brief Prize (2021–present)
In 2021, the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and the Chinese Studies Research Group jointly launched the Chinese Studies Research Brief Prize. The Prize supports and promotes China-related academic research across all disciplines by Research Higher Degree (RHD) students at the University of Melbourne. The Prizes are awarded annually to the student authors of the best Research Briefs submitted to the competition.
See 2022 Application Guidelines here.
Read Winning Briefs.
CCCS Research Briefs (2016–2018)
The newly-established Prize builds upon a past initiative of the Centre—between 2016 and 2018, CCCS published Research Briefs on a bimonthly basis. The Briefs offer analysis of recent developments in China and an introduction to current academic research.
Read CCCS Research Briefs.
The purpose of our Seed Grants is to encourage and support new research ideas, collaborations and high-quality publications by University of Melbourne staff and RHD students, with a focus on contemporary China studies.