Understanding Contemporary China

The Centre provides a focal point for China-related research across The University of Melbourne and leads an inter-disciplinary program on contemporary Chinese public policy, economics, environment, and society.

Our four research themes are:

  • Governance, public policy, & domestic economy
  • Agriculture & environment
  • Civil society & social change
  • Global China

The latest publications by Centre staff can be found on our New Staff Publications page.

Open access Research Briefs summarise the latest research from our staff and other scholars of contemporary China.

The Centre also supports the Chinese Studies Research Group.

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A poverty resettlement project in Shaanxi Province — Sarah Rogers, 2018.


An NGO-led eco-tourism and local capacity building project in Amdo, southern Gansu Province – Fengshi Wu, 2018.

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Coffee plantation adjacent to the Nu River, Yunnan Province — Zoe Wang, 2017


Resettlement village near the Bui dam in Ghana — Xiao Han, 2015.