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Current PhD research

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

Supervisores: 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