Grant winners reveal wealth of China research at ANU

Australian Centre on China in the World
06 May 2019

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific has again demonstrated its ability to undertake comprehensive research on China, with eleven academics receiving over $180,000 from the Australian Centre on China in the World grants program.

Associate Professor Jane Golley, Acting Director of the Centre, says the diversity of projects funded under the scheme attests to the breadth and depth of China-related activities at ANU.

“I don’t think anywhere in the world is better placed to support this kind of research than ANU, where we are blessed with one of (if not the) largest number of China-focused academics outside of China,” she said.

“Trans-disciplinary research is a critical part of deepening our understanding of China: it simply isn’t possible, for example, to understand how the Chinese economy works without considering its complex politics, history and culture as well.”

Associate Professor Michael Clarke from the National Security College at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific will receive funding to study China’s mass detention of Turkic Muslims in the far-western Xinjiang province.

“The current situation in Xinjiang constitutes one of the world's gravest human rights violations where up to 1.5 million ethnic Uyghurs (and other Turkic-Muslim minorities) are currently detained in extra-judicial ‘re-education’ centres by the Chinese government,” he said.

“By bringing together some of the world's leading experts on Xinjiang, this project will provide analysis of the historical and ideological underpinnings of the current repression and identify and catalogue the available evidence for the surveillance state in Xinjiang.”

Dr Kerri Viney, NHMCR Sidney Sax Research Fellow at ANU College of Health and Medicine, will use the funding to better understand drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in China’s Hunan province.

“We hope to better understand how TB is spatially distributed in Hunan province so we can better target interventions to the areas with the most TB, including drug resistant TB,” she said.

Dr Viney said she hopes some of the interventions designed to reduce the incidence of TB may also be able to assist in the prevention of other diseases.

Full list of Australian Centre on China in the World Grant recipients:

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Project title

Associate Professor Llewelyn Hughes

Blowing in the wind? Assessing the performance of Taiwan as a lead market for offshore wind power in the Asia Pacific

Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig

Digital text analysis in traditional Chinese studies: exploring possibilities of the computational analysis of multilayered texts

Dr Tom Cliff

Funny money and political authority in China

Yujie Zhu

Heritage-making of war memories: remembering the Nanjing Massacre in nation-building

Dr Graeme Smith

Little Red Podcast

Dr Greg Raymond

Mainland Southeast Asia integrations with southern China

Associate Professor Pierre van der Eng

Motivations, expectations and realities: the ‘going-out’ experience of Chinese companies

Dr Kerri Viney

Spatiotemporal patterns of drug susceptible and drug resistant TB in Hunan Province, China

Professor Will Christie

The adaptation of Shakespeare in Chinese traditional opera

Yixiao Zhou

The rise of Chinese corporations and global competition policies

Associate Professor Michael Clarke

The Xinjiang Emergency: exploring the context, evidence and implications of China’s mass detention of Turkic-Muslims

The Australian Centre on China in the World is a research institution established to enhance the existing capabilities of The Australian National University (ANU). It aims to be an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China on a global scale.

For more world-leading insight and analysis on China, read the Centre’s recently released publication, China Story Yearbook: Power.




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