The LUCC directorate develops key centre initiatives, coordinates research, facilitates collaboration, and develops strategic initiatives for the centre.

Dr Astrid NORDIN

LUCC Director.

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 592422,

Dr Nordin is responsible for LUCC’s overall operations, strategy, and leadership. She 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.

Astrid Nordin

Dr Lingxuan LIU

Director of Research.

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 594895,

Dr LIU oversees LUCC's research strategy. He 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, including but not limited to Chinese brands and suppliers.

Dr Lingxuan Liu

Dr Rebecca LIU

Director of Alumni Relations.

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 594767,

Dr Liu oversees LUCC’s alumni relations. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, focusing on innovation, cross-cultural study, cooperation and networking, knowledge management and learning, and SME engagement in China.

Rebecca Liu

China expert fellows

LUCC’s China expert fellows provide a range of specialised expertise on China. They are based at Lancaster University sites in China and the United Kingdom.

Dr Derek HIRD

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 594684,

Dr Hird specialises in the ways Chinese masculinities are represented in popular culture and negotiated in everyday lives.

Dr Derek Hird

Dr Yang HU

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 593429,

Dr 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.


Yang Hu

Professor Geraint JOHNES

 Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 594215,

Professor Johnes specialises in the interface between education and the labour market. His studies on China include work on occupational destinations of male and female workers, and on the efficiency of Chinese higher education institutions.


Geraint Johnes

Professor Kevin JONES

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 510230,

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 Hong LI

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 510299,

Dr Li is an expert on environmental microbiology and chemistry dedicated on China strategic partnerships and international research programme management.

Dr Hong LI


Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 594419,

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


Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 510843,

Dr Sewell is an expert on graduate Employability and Entrepreneurship education, particularly well-known for the‘CareerEDGE model of Graduate Employability’and has worked with individuals,organizations and businesses across China and elsewhere in the world.

Dr Peter Sewell


Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 594715,

Dr Sweetman is an expert in assessing the sources, fate and behaviour of persistent chemicals in the environment and quantifying their risks to humans and wildlife in China and elsewhere.


Dr Andrew Sweetman

Dr Vittorio TANTUCCI

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 595112,

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 Aiqing WANG

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 510018,

Dr Wang’s research investigates Chinese cultural studies, pragmatics, historical linguistics and translation studies, with particular expertise on Classical Chinese syntax.

Dr Aiqing Wang

Associate fellows

LUCC’s Associate fellows consists of Lancaster University faculty with a strong interest in working in, on, or with China in relation to their principal expertise.


Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524

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

Dr Charlotte BAKER

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 592661,

Dr Baker is interested in the cultural impact of China-Africa relations in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Charlotte Baker


Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 593431,

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


Contact details:

Romainis a biogeochemist interested in the chemical evolution of the Earth’s environment, and the processes which have shaped the Earth’s surface towards a habitable planet.

Dr Romain Guilbaud

Dr Jungong HAN

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 593312,

Dr. Han is an expert on computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Dr Jungong Han


Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 592413,

Dr Kawanami is an expert on Myanmar’s relations with the world, Chinese-Myanmar borderland, Buddhist monastic communities and international network of Buddhist nuns, cultural exchange and civil society.

Dr Hiroko Kawanami

Dr Christopher LONGMAN

Contact Details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 510622,

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 Christopher LONGMAN

Dr Andreas MAUTHE

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 510485,

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

Professor Judith MOTTRAM

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0) 1524 594395,

Professor Mottram is an expert on colour use and understanding in global marketplaces.

Professor Judith Mottram


Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 510518,

Dr Serena Pollastri is a designer and a lecturer who uses practice as an essential part of research and teaching.

Serena Pollastri

Professor Oliver WILD

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 594871,

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

Professor Kenneth WILSON

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 593349,

Prof Wilson works on insect crop pests, their microbial pathogens and symbionts, and how these can be harnessed as biological pesticides.

Professor Kenneth Wilson


Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 510522,

Dr Young is an environmental scientist and an expert on air quality and climate change, exploring the impacts at global to local scales, and with interests in the roles that government, society and business can have in defining solutions.

Dr Paul Young

Professor Robert YOUNG

Contact details: Tel: +44 (0)1524 592222,

Prof.Young’s group is developing technologies for secure communications and anti-counterfeiting.

Professor Robert Young

Doctoral fellows

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 (link to page with information)

External fellows

LUCC external fellows are currently visiting scholars at the centre, or have been so previously. You can find more information about how to join us as a visiting fellow here (link to page with information)

Advisory board

Prof. Andrew ATHERTON


Andrew Atherton is Professor of Enterprise and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster University and an expert in SME policy and China.

Professor Andrew Atherton