Staff profiles

Dr Anthony Spires

Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Dr Anthony Spires
Dr Anthony Spires

Anthony J. Spires joins 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 nonprofit organizations. He recently served as a Consulting Editor for the American Journal of Sociology and is a frequent reviewer for other academic publications.

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 research can be found on the Anthony J. Spires website.

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 poverty alleviation, resettlement, agricultural livelihoods, the politics of water, climate change vulnerability and adaptation and local governance. Sarah completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Melbourne. Sarah's work appears in Nature, Global Environmental Change, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. She is the recipient of a 2016 Dyason Fellowship.

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.

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