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Ivan Franceschini

Dr Ivan Franceschini

Marie Curie Fellow

PhD, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice

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Ivan Franceschini is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World. A graduate of Venice University, from 2006 to 2015 he lived in China, where he worked as a journalist and as a consultant in the field of development cooperation. His research focus on Chinese labour and civil society, but he is also interested in Chinese modern history and literature. He has published several books related to China, on topics ranging from human trafficking to digital activism, from labour struggles to civil society. He is also interested in literary translation, and he published two critical editions, the first of Lu Xun’s Old Tales Retold, the second of Li Gui’s A Record of Pondering Pain, a long-forgotten memoir about the Taiping Rebellion. Currently, he is developing a research on Chinese labour in global perspective that will enlarge the scope of his analysis to other Asian countries, especially Cambodia.

Other Languages

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Khmer (beginner)

Research Interests

  • Labour rights and the ideology of labour reform in China
  • Labour activism and class formation
  • Chinese and global civil society
  • Chinese modern history
  • Labour policies and worker activism in Cambodia
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Current Projects

  • Chinese labour in a global perspective, Horizon 2020, Marie Curie Global Fellowship
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Selected Publications

Contributions to The China Story

‘Shifting Narratives of Chinese Labour: An Interview with Anita Chan’, The China Story Journal, 21 October 2012, online at:

‘Labour’, China Story Lexicon, 8 August 2012, online at:

‘Another Guangdong Model: Labour NGOs and New State Corporatism’, The China Story Journal, 4 August 2012, online at:


Lavoro e diritti in Cina (Labour and Rights in China, tentative title), Il Mulino, Bologna, 2016 (forthcoming).

Tra i ribelli Taiping (Among the Taiping Rebels), by Li Gui, translated and edited by Ivan Franceschini, O barra O, Milano, 2015.

‘The Broken Belt: The All-China Federation of Trade Unions and the Communist Party in the People’s Republic of China’, Contemporanea – XIXth and XXth Century History Review, 1/2015, pp. 67-90.

‘Chinese Labour NGOs: A Real Force for Political Change?’, The China Quarterly, n. 218, 2014, pp. 474-492.

‘The Jasmine Revolution in China: The Limits of the Cyber-Utopia”, with Gianluigi Negro, Post-Colonial Studies, 17/1, 2014, pp. 31-43.

Fuga sulla luna e altre vecchie storie rinarrate (Flight to the Moon and Other Old Stories Retold), by Lu Xun, translated and edited by Ivan Franceschini, O barra O, Milano 2014. Post dalla Cina del nuovo millennio ( Dispatches from China in the New Millennium), O barra O, Milano, 2012.

Dreamwork China, a one-hour documentary on Chinese migrant workers co-directed with Tommaso Facchin, 2011. See
Germogli di società civile in Cina (Blossoms of Civil Society in China), co-edited with Renzo Cavalieri, Brioschi, Milano, 2010.

Cronache dalle fornaci cinesi (Chronicles from the Chinese Kilns), Cafoscarina, Venezia, 2009.

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