I'm a sociologist at The University of Melbourne's Asia Institute, where I serve as Deputy Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. Before coming to Melbourne, I was an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
I served as the inaugural Director of the Centre for Social Innovation Studies at CUHK.
My research on China encompasses political sociology, civil society, globalisation, organisational development, and philanthropy. I study Chinese and outside organisations working on environmental issues, labor rights, HIV-AIDS, education, and other concerns that have arisen in the context of rapid urbanisation and fundamental policy changes since the early 1980s.
I received my undergraduate degree in Asian Studies at Occidental College, and during my studies there I spent a year at Nanjing University and Beijing University as an exchange student. After working in Taiwan in the 1990s, I returned to the US to study at Yale University, where I obtained an MA degree in East Asian Studies and an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Sociology. During the early ‘00s, I spent three years with the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, where I co-founded and worked as Assistant Editor of YaleGlobal Online.
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Advocacy in an Authoritarian State: How Grassroots Environmental NGOs Influence Local Gove..
Bounded by the State: Government Priorities and the Development of Private Philanthropic F..
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Bounded by the State: Government Priorities and the Development of Private Philanthropic Foundations in China
Weijun Lai, Jiangang Zhu, Lin Tao, Anthony J Spires
Journal article | 2015 | The China Quarterly
AbstractFrom a regulatory perspective, philanthropy in China has been officially modernized. Since the government established a le..