Staff profiles

Dr Anthony Spires

Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Dr Anthony Spires
Dr Anthony Spires

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 organizations. 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. More information about his work can be found here.

Dr Sarah Rogers

Research Fellow

Dr Sarah Rogers
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 Zoe Wang

Research Fellow

Zoe Wang
Dr Zoe Wang

Zoe Wang holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Sydney. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on natural resource management and rural development in China. Currently Zoe is developing a research project investigating coffee production in China and its influence on local livelihoods. Before joining the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Zoe taught environmental politics and policy at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. Her PhD thesis addressed how environmental NGOs play their part in China’s environmental and development issues, particularly in the context of rural resource use, which has been central to livelihoods of rural populations. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in south-west China and her research often uses political ecology as the conceptual framework. Prior to PhD study, she worked as an associate researcher, providing policy recommendations on climate change and renewable energy for the Taiwanese government. She also has experience researching social forestry in Sri Lanka. Zoe holds a Master in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from National Taiwan University. She is the recipient of a 2017 Dyason Fellowship.

Dr Fengshi Wu

Senior Lecturer

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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. More information about her can be found here.

Dr Xiao Han

Research Fellow

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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.

Any enquiries related to the Centre or its activities can be directed to china-centre@unimelb.edu.au.