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Ryan Manuel

Mr Ryan Manuel


D.Phil, University of Oxford
MPhil. (with distinction) (Modern Chinese Studies), University of Oxford
BA (Hons1), BMgmt., University of South Australia
Research Theme: China Urban/Rural

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Ryan Manuel is a political scientist working on China’s domestic and foreign policy. He was formerly a political risk analyst, a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and a senior China analyst with the Australian government. Ryan was educated at the University of South Australia, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Peking University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Other Languages

  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese (intermediate)

Research Interests

  • Chinese politics
  • Chinese political structure and its impact on domestic and foreign policy
  • Chinese public service delivery
  • Chinese policy implementation
  • Chinese health system reform
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Current Projects

  • Political incentives and ‘selective implementation’: how can we tell what is implemented and not?
  • The Australia-China Story, including the Australia-China Agenda, the New Voices, and the Australia-China Archive
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Selected Publications

Contributions to The China Story

‘China Rhodes: Schwarzman at Tsinghua’, The China Story Journal, 2 May 2013, online at:

‘The Australia-China Agenda 2013’, The China Story Journal, with Geremie R. Barmé, August-September 2013, online at:


 “China’s Health System and the next 20 years of reform”, in Ross Garnaut, Jane Golley and Ligang Song (eds) “China: The Next Twenty Years of Reform and Development” ANU Press: Canberra, pp 286-308. Also published in the US by the Brookings Institute Press and in China by the Beijing Renmin Daxue Chubanshe

 “Lots of elite-watching, little analysis of system in China” Australian Financial Review,  1st October, p.2

 “From Mao to Market: Chinese Institutions and Protectionism” Oxonian Review of Books, April, pp 22-28

Manuel, R. (2008) “Some Chinese reactions to the Thai situation”, East Asia Forum, September 10th, available online at:, reprinted in New Mandala
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Updated:  19 October 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World