The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) welcomes applications from students wishing to study for a Doctor of Philosophy – Arts (PhD) in Chinese Studies.

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As the University of Melbourne’s hub for Chinese Studies, the Centre provides students with an interdisciplinary, collaborative and rigorous research environment to pursue their interests. Addressing the challenges and opportunities of the Asian Century necessitates a closer understanding of and partnership with China on a number of fronts. Understanding contemporary China is part of defining the contours of economic cooperation, such as through trade and investment and taxes; political collaboration such as effective diplomacy and sustainable security; and social connection through building peer-to-peer linkages and addressing shared social challenges such as an ageing population.

The Centre welcomes enquiries from graduate students with the requisite analytical skills in the social sciences who wish to pursue PhD thesis topics on contemporary China’s economy, politics, society and environment. Our team of early career and established researchers can supervise students on topics including economic development, public finance, public administration, governance, trade and security, social policy (health, education, housing), urbanisation (land use, zoning, rural-to-urban migration), agricultural development, environmental management and other topics.

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Applicants should consider the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities available at the University, including Graduate Research Scholarships and the Faculty of Arts Graduate research scholarships.

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Chinese Studies Research Group

The Chinese Studies Research Group (CSRG) meets several times a year on Fridays to discuss and share ideas and experiences relating to researching China. We also hold regular Research Days to provide Chinese Studies researchers with the opportunity to share their knowledge.

The Group encourages all graduate students and academics, regardless of their disciplinary area, who are working on or researching on or about China to join as a member.

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Chinese Studies Research Group