Luigi Tomba

China Studies Centre, University of Sydney

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Luigi Tomba


Luigi Tomba is a political scientist with a particular interest in China’s political and social change. He joined the ANU in 2001 after spending several years in Beijing where he worked for the Italian diplomatic mission. From 2010 to 2017 he was an Associate Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU. He took up the directorship of the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre in January 2017. His latest book, The Government Next Door. Neighborhood Politics in Urban China, is a study of China’s urban grassroots governing practices and their implication for regime legitimacy (Cornell University Press, 2014). It was awarded the prestigious Association of Asian Studies Joseph Levenson Prize for the best book on Post-1900 China in 2016.

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