Vivienne Bath

Vivienne Bath

Chair, China Studies Centre Research Committee
Professor of Chinese and International Business Law Centre for Asian and Pacific Law

Vivienne Bath's teaching and research interests are in international business law and Chinese law (particularly Chinese investment and commercial law). She has first-class honours in Chinese and law from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws from Harvard University in the United States.

She has extensive professional experience in Sydney, New York and Hong Kong, specialising in commercial law, with a focus on foreign investment and commercial transactions in the People’s Republic of China.

Representative publications include:
Law of International Business in Australasia (Federation Press 2009) and Bath, V (2008). Reducing the role of government – the Chinese experiment, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 3 (1), Article 9.

Alison Betts

Alison Betts

Archaeology and Ancient History Academic Group, China Studies Centre
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Recipient of 2011 support for research in the excavation and survey at Adunqiaolu Site, Wenquan County, Xinjiang, China

Associate Professor Alison Betts describes herself as an “old-world archaeologist” who is particularly interested in the steppes and deserts of the more remote parts of Asia, and the nomadic lifestyles of the people who have inhabited these regions.

Her research includes fieldwork in eastern Jordan looking at specialised hunters and the beginnings of sheep/goat pastoralism, study of the oasis population of ancient Chorasmia in Uzbekistan and its relationships to the steppe nomads, and the influence of early Zoroastrianism.

Another research focus area for her is the Bronze Age of Xinjiang, western China, specifically the impact of the Eurasian steppe’s influence on the rise of complex societies in central China.

Minglu Chen

Minglu Chen

Social and Political Change Academic Group, China Studies Centre
Department of Government and International Relations, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Minglu Chen is a research fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research fields are institutions of China’s local politics, private entrepreneurship and governance in China, class and social stratum in China and China-Latin America relations. Her most recent publication is Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprise in the People’s Republic of China (Routledge, 2011).

She currently works on the Australian Research Council discovery project "The new rich and the state in China: the social basis of power" with Professor David Goodman and Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia; and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia’s International Science Linkages Bilateral Program project "Local governance and the reproduction of state power – urban China in economic transition" with Professor Carolyn Cartier and Dr Shiuh-Shen Chien.

Beatriz Carrillo Garcia

Beatriz Carrillo

Executive Committee, Education Committee, Social and Political Change Academic Group, China Studies Centre
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Originally from Mexico, Dr Carrillo Garcia completed her first degree in international relations at the TEC de Monterrey (ITESM). She lived, studied and worked in Japan and in China, before coming to Australia to undertake her doctoral studies. Her most recent publication is Small Town China: Rural Labour and Social Inclusion (Routledge, 2011).

She is now a key contributor to the centre’s work on public health in China. She also recently edited (with Professor Jane Duckett) China’s Changing Welfare Mix: Local Perspectives (Routledge, 2011).

Dr Carrillo Garcia served as editor of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) newsletter between 2007 and 2009, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Mexico y la Cuenca del Pacifico (Mexico and the Pacific Rim) and of PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies.

David SG Goodman

David Goodman

Academic Director,China Studies Centre
Professor of Chinese Politics
Professor in the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Nanjing University.

His research concentrates on social and political change in China, especially at the local level. He is currently undertaking research on the formation of local elites in contemporary China (with Dr Beatriz Carrillo and Dr Minglu Chen); and on the experience of the War of Resistance to Japan in North China (1937-1945).

Adrian Hearn

Adrian Hearn

Member of Executive Committee, China Studies Centre
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow

Dr Hearn’s research examines the geopolitical implications of China’s deepening diplomatic and economic relations with Latin America.

Adopting an ethnographic approach to international relations has allowed him to explore cultural convergences/divergences, economic development, and approaches to transparency and technology transfer from the ground up.

His focus most recently has been on the role of Chinatowns as political and economic bridges to mainland China. Dr Hearn maintains an active interest in issues of civil society, religion, and political rationalisation.

His recent publications include China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory (Lynne Rienner 2011) and Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development (Duke University Press 2008).

Hans Hendrischke

Hans Hendrischke

Chair, Executive Committee, Chair, Education Committee, Enterprise Development Academic Group, China Studies Centre
Professor of Chinese Business and Management, University of Sydney Business School

Professor Hans Hendrischke is Professor of Chinese Business and managementat the University of Sydney Business School. He has worked in China since the beginning of the reform period in the late 1970s. His research focuses on informal institutions and private enterprise, a sector that did not exist when he lived for the first time in China. It now accounts for two thirds of China’s Gross Domestic Product. Understanding informal institutions is increasingly important, because China’s economic development and business practices differ from conventional models in the following key areas:

  • enterprise finance and ownership
  • local differences in business environments
  • public-private interaction at local government level.

Professor Hendrischke’s research interests include Australian Chinese business development. His publications are on emerging local entrepreneurship and local governance. His 2007 book China’s Economy in the 21st Century: Enterprise and Business Behaviour (co-edited with Barbara Krug) was published in a paperback edition
in 2009.

Duanfang Lu

Duanfang Lu

Convenor, Literature and Culture Academic Group, China Studies Centre
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

Dr Duanfang Lu teaches in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include modern Chinese architectural and planning history, contemporary architectural and urban theories, and modern architecture and urban development in developing countries.

Dr Lu has published widely in these areas. Her authored book Remaking Chinese Urban Form (Routledge 2006, 2011) provides a significant understanding of the development of the work unit (danwei) as a primary urban form under Maoist socialism.

Her edited book Third World Modernism (2010) opens up whole new perspectives on modern architecture in developing countries.

Dr Lu has been awarded prestigious research grants from the US Social Science Research Council, UC Berkeley, the Getty Foundation and Australian Research Council (Discovery Project, 2007-09), and the Best Article Prize from Planning Perspectives and the International Planning History Society (2006–07). She serves on editorial boards of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review and Architectural Theory Review, and on the advisory board of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.

Frederick Teiwes

Frederick Teiwes

Social and Political Change Academic Group, China Studies Centre
Department of Government and International Relations, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Frederick Teiwes has an international reputation in his main area of research – Chinese elite politics. He has written extensively on re-evaluations of Chinese Communist Party history from 1935–76, and is currently researching leadership politics in the post-Mao era. His wider areas of interest lie in Chinese politics more broadly, communist and post-communist systems, the international communist movement and American foreign policy.

His publications in recent years include The End of the Maoist Era, China’s Road to Disaster, The Tragedy of Lin Biao, The Politics of Agricultural Co-operativisation in China, The Formation of the Maoist Leadership (all with Warren Sun), Politics and Purges in China, and Politics at Mao’s Court. He has also contributed to The Cambridge History of China and written for The China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Problems of Communism, The China Journal and other journals.