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Professor Jeffrey Henderson (Director)
Dr Winnie King
Dr Ryerson Christie
Dr Junko Yamashita
Dr Gaston Fornes
Professor Martin Gainsborough
Professor Yongjin Zhang


Current PhD students engage with and are writing about a wide variety of research topics in the areas of East Asian Studies, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology. Below is a list of what our current students are researching, as well as some recent graduates.

Maria Ahlsten
China and global governance
Supervisors: Jeffrey Henderson, co-supervised with Patricia Kennett in SPS

Ina Choi
How is good governance re-contextualised at the local level in Indonesia?
Supervisors: Vernon Hewitt, Martin Gainsborough

Mike Gow
Internationalisation of Higher Education in China
Supervisors: Jeffrey Henderson co-supervised by Susan Robertson in Education

Nicholas Jepson
China and the transformation of accumulation in the Global South: A world-systems perspective on Zambia and Bolivia
Supervisors: Jeffrey Henderson with Malcolm Fairbrother (Geographical Sciences)

William Kang
East Asian Corporate Governance in the Period of Economic Turbulence: Korea and Japan Comparisons
Supervisors: Jeffrey Henderson, Gaston Fornes

Hyang-Joo Lee
Constructions of North Korea in the South Korean Politics: A Critique of the Politics of Memory
Supervisors: Vernon Hewitt, Martin Gainsborough

Liqing Li
Nationalism Among University Students in Contemporary China: An Exploratory Study
Supervisors: Jon Fox, Jeffrey Henderson

Yixing Liu (East Asian Studies PhD)
China and the re-emergence of regionalisation in Mekong countries
Supervisors: Jeffrey Henderson, Martin Gainsborough

Thuy Mai
Supervisors: Martin Gainsborough, Ryerson Christie

Thuy Minh Nguyen
Democracy Promotion in Vietnam's political reform: The construction and problematisation of democracy since 1986
Supervisors: Martin Gainsborough, Tim Edmunds

Steven Rolf (Global Political Economy MPhil)
Uneven and combined development and the production of 'spaces of production': Electronics Global Production Networks in the Dongguan-Hong Kong nexus
Supervisors: Jeffrey Henderson, co-supervised with Adam Dixon in Geography

Holly Snape (Zheng)
Grassroots NGOs in China
Supervisors: Vernon Hewitt, Ryerson Christie

Dong-Luu Tran
The relationship between the institutional changes and economic performance: the case of a socialist country, Vietnam
Supervisors: Martin Gainsborough, Magnus Feldmann

Peng Wang
The poverty of Tianxia-ism
Supervisors: Jeffrey Henderson, Yongjin Zhang

Yung-Chen Yuan
Identity: the experience of high school students of Taiwan businessman's schools in China
Supervisors: Jon Fox, Winnie King


Professor Robert Bickers, School of Historical Studies
Dr Esther Dermott, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Professor Dave Gordon, School for Policy Studies
Dr Misa Izuhara, School for Policy Studies
Professor Susan Robertson, Graduate School of Education
Professor Jonathan Temple, School of Economics, Finance and Management
Professor Sally Thomas, Graduate School of Education
Dr Winnie Wang, School of Geographical Sciences
Dr Cheng Zheng, School of Economics, Finance and Management

Visiting Professors

Dr Sarah Cook (Director, UN Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva)
Dr Robin Porter

Visiting Fellows

Dr Suet Ying Ho