Professor Ling Zhu
Professor Zhu Ling has a visiting appointment as Asia Scholar at the University of Melbourne, and is based in the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. She is a Member of the Academy and former Deputy Director of the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 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: e.g., since 2011 she has been a Board member of UN University-WIDER, and was a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Food Policy Research Institute (2006-2012).
Her research interests are in economic development, especially rural development, poverty and social protection in China. 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 Yao Yang
Yang Yao is a Professor at the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) and the National School of Development (NSD), Peking University. He currently serves as the Director of CCER and the Dean of NSD. He is a member of the China Finance 40 Forum. His research interests include economic transition and development in China. He has published dozens of research papers in international and domestic journals as well as several books on institutional economics and economic development in China. He is also a prolific writer for magazines and newspapers, including the Financial Times and the Project Syndicate.
Professor Yao was awarded the 2008 and 2014 Sun Yefang Award in Economic Science, the 2008 and 2010 Pu Shan Award in International Economics and the 2008 Zhang Peigang Award in Development Economics, and was named Best Teacher by the Peking University Student Union in 2006.
Professor Yao obtained a BS in geography in 1986 and an MS in economics in 1989, both from Peking University, and his PhD in development economics from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1996.
Professor Martin K Whyte
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 recently 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.