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The Australian Centre on China in the World is made up of an Advisory Board, Management Group, academic specialists including Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD Scholars, and professional staff.

Academic Staff

Benjamin Penny, Director
Research Theme: China Everyday

Geremie R Barmé, Founding Director
Research Theme: China Time

Rebecca Fabrizi, Senior Strategic Research Fellow
Research Theme: China Global

Jane Golley, Associate Director
Research Theme: China Numbers

Luigi Tomba, Associate Director
Research Theme: China Urban


Adjunct Research Staff

Carolyn Cartier, Adjunct Director
Research Theme: China Urban

Gloria Davies, Adjunct Director
Research Theme: China Texts

Gerry Groot, Adjunct Director

Mark Harrison, Adjunct Director

Sue Trevaskes, Adjunct Director
Research Theme: China Justice


Adjunct Academic Staff

Linda Jaivin, Consultant, CIW Editorial Advice

Louise Merrington, Visiting Fellow

Richard Rigby, Associate Director

Sang Ye, Visiting Fellow, Project Advice


Postdoctoral Fellows

Olivier Krischer
Olivier is an art history graduate of the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Interested in the social and political roles of art, at CIW he is researching the role of Japan in Chinese art of the 1980s-1990s.

Ryan Manuel
Ryan is a political scientist working on policy implementation in China, and on the Australia-China relationship.

Christian Sorace

Nathan Woolley
A graduate of ANU, Nathan is conducting research on regional identity and representations of Jiangnan from late imperial times to the present.

Zhang Jinghong
Jinghong is a graduate of ANU, and her topic is “The Verbal and Visual Representation of Tea Tasting in China and Taiwan.” Jinghong commenced with CIW in October 2013.

Zhu Yujie     
Yujie is a graduate of Heidelberg University, Germany, and his topic is politics of culture heritage and tourism development in historical cities of modern China.


Research Fellows

Elisa Nesossi
Elisa is an ARC Research Fellow at CIW. Her project focuses on changes in Chinese concepts of criminal justice, 1980-2015.


Visiting Fellow

Igor de Rachewiltz
Igor is currently working on an English translation of the famous Tibetan-Mongolian epic of Geser Khan, based on the original Peking blockprint edition of 1716 of the Mongolian text.


Morrison Scholars

Zou Shu Cheng
Zou Shu Cheng is an inaugural Morrison Scholar at the Australian Centre on China in the World, where he is researching the classical Chinese worldview of the CCP General Party Secretary Xi Jinping.


PhD Scholars

Beyongo M. Dynamic
PhD Project working title: ‘Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Australia and Zambia’

Jennifer Chang
PhD Project: 'China's Segmented Labour Market - an Examination of Rural-Urban Migration and the Implication for Growth'

Chen Jingjing
PhD Project: 'Mountains and Grottos in Early Daoism'

Chen Shuxia
PhD Project: ‘ "Amateur" Cultural Production in an Authoritarian State: Chinese Photography Groups, 1979-1989’

Rowena Ebsworth
PhD Project: ‘Urban Development Politics and Student Mobilisation in Taiwan”

Paul Farrelly
PhD Project: 'C.C. Wang, Terry Hu and a History of New Age Religion in Taiwan'

Huang Chao
PhD Project: ‘T-section Discs in Ancient China and Mainland Southeast Asia (ca.2500-500BCE)’.

Anastasia Kapetas
PhD Project: Australia-China Relationship

Jane Liang
PhD Project: 'Higher Education Lobbying and Chinese Elite Universities'

David Murphy
PhD Project: 'The Rise of Vested Interests in Chinese Industry and their Impact on Policy-making’

Qian Linliang
PhD Project: 'Living on E-Commerce: An Ethnographic Study of E-Traders in a Chinese city'

Graeme Read
PhD Project: 'Contemporary Taiwan Identity Politics'

Will Sima
PhD Project:

Caroline Stevenson
PhD Project: 'Amherst Embassy to the Jiaqing Emperor, 1816'

Wen Meizhen
PhD Project: 'The Flow of Goods and Networks: African Traders in Yiwu'

Xie Shengjin
PhD Project: 'Taoist Clerics in Post-Maoist China'

Yang Qin
PhD Project: 'Diagrams and Neo-confucianism in the Song Dynasty'

Zhou Yun
PhD Project: ‘Tokyo Chinese Christians 1860-1952’

Zhu Yayun
PhD Project: 'Nanjing in Late-Ming and Early-Qing China'


Professional Staff

Merrilyn Fitzpatrick, Centre Manager

Lindy Allen, Editor
Nancy Chiu, Project Officer
Jasmine Lin, Administrative Officer
Sharon Strange, Research Officer
Celiya Young, Finance Officer
Wuqiriletu, Research Officer



David Brophy
David studies the social and political history of China’s northwest, particularly Xinjiang, and its connections with the Islamic and Russian/Soviet worlds. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Sydney.

Shih-Wen Sue Chen
Sue's research interests include Victorian and Edwardian children’s literature, Chinese children’s literature, book history, histories of reading, and publishing history. She was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining the School of Communicaton & Creative Arts at Deakin University.

Johanna Hood
Johanna has published articles on HIV communication, and celebrity and activist involvement in HIV in China and internationally. She was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining The Department of Society and Globalisation as Roskilde University.

Huang Hsuan-Ying
Hsuan-Ying is a graduate of Harvard University. He is working on a manuscript on the recent "psycho-boom" in urban China and is going to explore the spiritual turn in the psycho-boom movement. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Song Lili
Lili was an Endeavour Visiting Fellow at CIW where she conducted research on China’s current and future role in the international refugee protection regime.

Christopher Rea
Chris is a literary and cultural historian whose research focuses on the modern Chinese-speaking world. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining the Department of Asian Studies at The University of British Columbia.

Qian Ying
Ying is a graduate of Harvard University. She is completing a book manuscript on documentary cinema in China's revolutionary century, while beginning to research for her second book project, on writing, translation and filmmaking in China's multi-ethnic and multi-lingual border regions. She was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining the Department if East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Tsai Tsan-Huang
Tsan-Huang, a graduate of the University of Oxford, is an ethnomusicologist who focuses on musical cultures of Taiwan and China. He is currently working on book with the topic ‘From the Scholarly Chamber to the World Stage’. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before taking up the position of Senior Lecturer at the Department of East Asian Studies, ANU.

Neil Thomas
Neil is an inaugural Morrison Scholar at CIW. He is interested in Chinese foreign policy perspectives, Australia-China-US-Asia relations, Australian nation building and broadening youth participation in the Asian Century.

Brian Tsui
Brian, a historian, works on radical politics in twentieth-century China and Asia. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining Department of Chinese Culture in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an Assistant Professor.

Thomas Williams
Tom is an inaugural Morrison Scholar at CIW. He is now studing for a MBA at Shenzhen University.

Updated:  10 November 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World