The LUCC directorate develops key centre initiatives, coordinates research, facilitates collaboration, and develops strategic initiatives for the centre.
Dr Yunyan LI
Acting Director / Research Lead
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Yunyan Li is a social policy and mixed-methods researcher with research interests in social and public policy, gender and family, and East Asian welfare. A Senior Research Associate in the Lancaster University Management School, Yunyan's recent research project investigates the recalibration of the institutional arrangements in socio-economic reform and the welfare system in rural and urban China and its impacts on women under the interaction between modernisation and transforming Confucianism.Dr Yunyan LI
Dr Andrew CHUBB
LUCC Director (on leave until December 2023)
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Andrew studies Chinese politics and international relations, with a focus on crisis management, public opinion, and maritime disputes. As LUCC Director, Andrew contributes overall strategic direction, resource planning, and relations with other institutions within the university and externally.Dr Andrew Chubb
Dr Derek HIRD
Education and Research Lead
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Derek Hird's research principally concerns gender and class in contemporary China, with a particular focus on middle-class masculinities. As a member of the LUCC Directorate, Dr. Hird's work facilitates LU undergraduate and postgraduate students' engagement with LUCC activities, including through Translation Internships and the Doctoral Fellows program.Dr Derek Hird
Dr Lingxuan LIU
Academic Liaison Lead
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Dr Liu is an expert on China’s environmental management and policies based on a multi-level governance system, and looks into challenges and opportunities of sustainable supply chain management. As Academic Liaison Lead, Dr Liu facilitates visiting scholars from China to connect with relevant LU academics, and facilitates funding opportunities for China-related research.Dr Lingxuan Liu
Dr Rebecca LIU
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Dr. Rebecca Liu's research interests are interdisciplinary, focusing on innovation, cross-cultural study, cooperation and networking, knowledge management and learning, and SME engagement in China. As Engagement Lead, Dr Liu brings LUCC's activities and the work of its affiliated scholars to the attention of internal and external stakeholders and the public.Dr Rebecca Liu
Prof David TYFIELD
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David Tyfield's research focuses on the complex systems of processes of knowledge production and their interaction with issues of global cultural political economy, especially regarding critical analysis of the emergence of a globalised "knowledge-based" economy, climate change and the rise of China. As part of the LUCC Directorate, Prof. Tyfield draws together China-engaged LU researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds to facilitate the Centre's cross-disciplinary initiatives.Prof David TYFIELD
LUCC’s Fellows are researchers working on, in or with China and the Sinophone world. They provide a wide range of specialised expertise and broad experience in China-related research across all disciplines.
Dr Robert APSIMON
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Dr Apsimon is an expert in particle beam dynamics and accelerating devices, with applications in healthcare and environmental sustainability, including in China. He is a member of the Lancaster University flying faculty, teaching at the joint campus with Beijing Jiaotong University in Weihai, China.Dr Robert Apsimon
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Jocelyn Cunningham is a national cultural leader in innovative artistic practice and partnerships between academic disciplines and the arts. Lancaster Arts is an arts centre based at Lancaster University with a renowned reputation for cutting edge artistic excellence.Jocelyn Cunningham
Dr Anthony HESKETH
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Ant Hesketh's research explores how we understand value beyond the quantum form. Based in the LU Management School's Department of Organisation, Work and Technology, he is interested in how Chinese artistic and philosophical thinking might facilitate a deeper understanding of value-capturing processes in organizations, and how this might be extended to greater inclusivity in understanding the value of firms.Dr. Anthony Hesketh
Prof Yang HU
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Prof Hu is an expert on how China’s social, cultural, political and institutional changes shape population change and mobility, gender and family relations , and social (in)equalities. His research draws on the analysis of large-scale quantitative data as well as in-depth qualitative evidence.Dr Yang Hu
Prof Kevin JONES
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Prof Jones is an expert on China’s environmental quality, with interests in water, air and soil pollution, China’s role as a manufacturer and user of chemicals, environmental regulation and the links between environment and health.Professor Kevin Jones
Dr Christopher LONGMAN
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Dr Longman is interested in exploring issues relating to transnational partnerships in higher education,and differences in cultures of learning and teaching. He also has an academicbackground in the field of language politics and Identity construction.
Dr Andreas MAUTHE
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Dr Mauthe is an expert in Network and Networked Systems Managementwith a focus on resilience and Cyber Security in distributed systems (such as Cloud, Industrial Control Systems, IoT infrastructures, etc. Further, his research includes Content and Information Centric Networking (CCN/ICN) and on user experience (specifically Quality of Experience in distributed multimedia systems).Professor Andreas Mauthe
Dr. Kunal MUKHERJEE
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Dr. Kunal Mukherjee has an interest in ethnic minorities and religious identity in contemporary China especially in Xinjiang and Tibet. He is also interested in China’s relations with South Asia especially India,and how China’s relationship with India has evolved since the 1962 war.Dr Kunal Mukherjee
Dr Vittorio TANTUCCI
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Dr Tantucci is an expert of Chinese language and linguistics. His research addresses both diachronic phenomena of language change and applied issues of intercultural communication, addressed through mix methods of corpus-based and machine-learning analysis.Dr Vittorio Tantucci
Dr Yingnian TAO
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A Senior Research Associated with the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR), Yingnian is interested in corpus-based social media discourse analysis. Her work has explored interruptions (overlapping speech) in everyday and institutional settings in Chinese, and apologies on social media in China. She is currently working on the University’s race equality surveys, using a mixed-method approach.Dr Yingnian Tao
Prof Oliver WILD
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Prof Wild is an atmospheric scientist with expertise in atmospheric composition, urban air quality and climate change, and has a particular interest in China’s impacts on local, regional and global air quality.Professor Oliver Wild
Dr Jocelin Lingxia ZHOU
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Dr Zhou is Confucius Institute Teaching Lead and Lecturer in Chinese at the Department of Languages and Cultures (DeLC) at Lancaster University. Jocelin’s research investigates language policy and campaigns in China from the prospective of sociolinguistics and political science.Jocelin Lingxia ZHOU
Dr Zoe ZHU
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Zoe Zhu is a business ethnographer interested in the institutionalization and internalization of culture in the organization, particularly how employees interpret organizational culture and related interactions between management and employees.Zoe Zhu
LUCC Non-Resident Fellows include researchers working with Lancaster University colleagues on China-related research, as well as current and former visiting scholars at the centre.
Prof Astrid NORDIN
LUCC Founding Director
Professor Nordin is Lau Chair of Chinese International Relations at Kings College London. Professor Nordin is an expert on how China’s relations with the world are negotiated through Chinese foreign and domestic policy, academia, propaganda, online dissidence, and artistic expression. As Founding Director, Professor Nordin continues to support LUCC’s overall operations, strategy, and leadership.
Dr Aiqing WANG
Dr Wang's research investigates Chinese cultural studies, pragmatics, historical linguistics and translation studies, with particular expertise on Classical Chinese syntax.
Prof Fanwei KONG
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Prof Fanwei Kong is a Professor in the School of International Relations at Tianjin Foreign Studies University. He was a Visiting Scholar in 2019-2020, working on China-EU investment issues.
Dr Yan LIU
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Dr Yan LIU of the Institute of Development Studies, Yunnan University, studies how regional differences affect China's urbanization processes. As a LUCC Visiting Scholar in 2019-2020, Dr Liu examined the case of Yunnan Province, an underdeveloped province in western China with plateau geographical features, and specifically how its economic development level and geographical features affect the spatial relationship between urban and rural areas as well as the rural-urban factor flows.
LUCC has a number of doctoral researchers, who are funded or supervised through the centre. You can find more information about how to undertake your doctoral research through LUCC here.
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Xue Bai is a PhD student in Politics, Philosophy and Religion. She is interested in exploring the political consumption in China and motivations behind Chinese citizens’ political consumption behaviours.
Francesca Ceccato is a doctoral researcher in Languages and Cultures. Her field of study belongs to gender, sexuality and women’s studies in contemporary China. Specifically, the focus of her research is on Chinese leftover women.
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Qin is a doctoral researcher in Linguistics and English Language. Her research project explores business discourse targeted at the high-end market in China, adopting Bourdieu’s conceptualization of taste and distinction. Her interests are in how added value in/around brands/products is constructed discursively, and how Chinese middle- and upper-class people are represented in business discourse.
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Yuhong Lei is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University. Her interests are in technology-enhanced learning, academic procrastination, and Chinese students’ learning experience. Currently, her research focuses on the reasons behind academic procrastination among Chinese university students.
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Yannan Li is a PhD student in the Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department. Yannan is interested in exploring issues relating to nationalism in contemporary China, especially the impact of China’s state nationalism on its internal affairs and policies.
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Scott Lowther is collaborating with Lancaster University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry and NAQTS to measure air quality indoors in China; and suggest ways of improving it on an individual level. Working with Professor Xinming Wang (王新明) and his work group at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIG) he has quantified the effectiveness of indoor air purifiers under both laboratory and real-world conditions.Scott Lowther
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Doctoral Researcher examining the implications of China's infrastructural diplomacy in East Africa with a particular focus on Kenya through the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
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Rui Qian is a PhD student in Film at Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Art. Rui is interested in Chinese cinema studies, especially the images of Chinese migrant workers in films, and the representation of China’s modernization process on film screen.
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Artist and LICA PhD researcher Zi Quan's work is trying to find the image mode related to time, space and the universe in early Chinese history, and apply them to contemporary ink painting creations. Her personal website can be found at: https://www.artstation.com/ziquan1
Panagiota (Penny) TZANNI
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Panagiota (Penny) Tzanni is a PhD student in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Eresearch. She interested in exploring how hybrid professional development can empower Chinese educators and help them integrate more technology in their teaching practice.
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A PhD researcher in Educational Research, Tingjun Wang is interested in psychological interventions to support school students’ mental health and the integration of interventions into Chinese school contexts. Tingjun's main project investigates the application of mindfulness training to Chinese secondary schools, including the effectiveness of mindfulness training on students’ stress, emotion regulation and academic performance.Tingjun Wang
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Nick Wong is an applied linguistics researcher who is currently researching non-standard writing practices used by Hongkongers within the theoretical framework of translanguaging in the Department of Linguistics and English language (LAEL). He is also the founder of “Kongish Daily” and the notion of “Kongish”.
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Hao Yang is an art practice-based researcher and PhD student in the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts. Hao's research uses the the Chinese Taoist allegory of ‘the happy excursion’ to compose a set of art practices as a method to explore the 'digital Leviathan' monopolising and manipulating the individual’s way of thinking, sensing and being.
Najla AL ZAROONI
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Najla Al Zarooni is exploring the impact of China-Iran Relations on the Gulf sub-region. She is currently evaluating China’s involvement in the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
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Based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Noah Zhu has research interests in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and social media discourse. Noah's expertise lies in the evaluation of data-driven learning, corpus analysis of social media discourse and Chinese-English translation benchmarking for geoheritage.Noah Zhu
LUCC’s Visiting Scholars are academics from across all disciplines who working on, in or with China and the Sinophone world. For more information about how to join LUCC as a visiting scholar, see here.
Dr Chundi LAN
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Dr Chundi Lan is associate professor at Jiangxi Normal University of China with research interests in economic development, fairness and justice, and ideological and political education. She has published two books, Research on the historical track of Marx's justice thought (People Publishing House, 2019) and Research on higher education teaching model in China -- based on MOOC perspective (Economic Management Press, 2021).
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Miaoxin Yang is a member of staff at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), where she teaches International Trade and International Finance in the Department of International Business. Yang was selected for participation in the GDUFS Campus Euro-Asia Programme, and is a visiting scholar at LUCC for 2022-23.
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Gulnara Zholzhanova is a Visiting Scholar in 2023-24, examining the conceptual foundations Kazakhstan-China relations. A graduate of the MA (Media and Journalism) program in the School of Arts and Culture at Newcastle University, Gulnara is a politics and law journalist with the newspaper Egemen Qazaqstan in Kazakhstan.
LUCC student affiliates work with LUCC scholars to provide research assistance, and work on their own research projects.
Victoria Yue SU
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Victoria (Yue) Su is a Masters student in the Department of Linguistics and English Language with interests in phonetics and corpus linguistics. As a Project Officer and core member of LUCC's China Research Mapping project, Victoria uses Tableau collects data and develops visualisations on Lancaster's research on, in and with China and the Sinophone world.