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Jia Gao

Asia Institute
contemporary China
Chinese migrants
social sciences
social sciences, interdisciplinary
social sciences - other topics
international relations
political science
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Jia Gao

Primary Interest
The new Chinese migrant community in Australia
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Jia Gao


GAO Jia is Professor at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne. He served as Assistant Dean (China) of the Faculty of Arts at the same university from 2011 to 2019.

Professor Gao is a graduate of Renmin University of China, formerly known as the People's University of China, in Beijing.

He was a lecturer in social psychology and sociology at the same university, and he was also in charge of a number of research programs there before coming to Australia in 1988. In the same year, Professor Gao was awarded the first and only national academic prize in sociology by China's National Commission of Education and the Fok Ying Tung Foundation. He completed his PhD in human geography at the University of Melbourne, where he started teaching in its Chinese program as a casual tutor in 1993, and has been in his current position since 1997. Professor Gao teaches various subjects at the University of Melbourne, including Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Society.

Professor Gao's current research interests include contemporary Chinese society and the new Chinese migrant community in Australia. He has carried out continuing longitudinal research on the experiences of new Chinese migrants in Australia since 1988. At the same time, he has pursued his research interests in applied social psychological and sociological studies of post-1978 Chinese society, with a focus on public opinion and socio-political dynamics, social stratification, elite dominance and ideology in post-Mao China. Professor Gao has produced wide-ranging publications in both English and Chinese, including the following recent books and edited books:

  • Chinese Activism of a Different Kind: The Chinese Students'' Campaign to Stay in Australia. Leiden: Brill, 2013;
  • Transforming Chinese Cities (co-edited with Mark Wang and Pookong Kee). Abingdon: Routledge, 2014;
  • Chinese Migrant Entrepreneurship in Australia from the 1990s: Case Studies of Success in Sino-Australian Relations. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015;
  • Global Media and Public Diplomacy in Sino-Western Relations (co-edited with Catherine Ingram and Pookong Kee). Abingdon: Routledge, 2017;
  • Social Mobilisation in Post-Industrial China: The Case of Rural Urbanisation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019; and
  • Chinese Immigration and Australian Politics: A Critical Analysis on a Merit-Based Immigration System. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.


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Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


China's National Commission of Education and the Fok Ying Tung Foundation: Excellence in Sociology






Asia Institute


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts (honours)

Renmin University of China