Profile

Associate Professor in the Department of International Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong - Liverpool University and member of the Board of Directors and Senior Researcher at the Italian Research Centre on Contemporary China (Centro Studi sulla Cina Contemporanea, CSCC, founded by the former Ambassador to China H.E. Alberto Bradanini), Alessandra has a Joint Postdoctoral Degree at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Research Center for Global Cooperation of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, and a PhD in Asian Studies at the Oriental University of Naples and at Minzu University of China (double degree). Alessandra was visiting Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik-SWP) and a consultant for the Sino-German Poverty Alleviation Program Xinjiang. Among the others, she studied and conducted research at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Beijing Normal University, Free University of Brussels, Aristotelous University in Thessaloniki, Xinjiang University, Shihezi University and Kashgar Teachers' College. Alessandra's research interests are focused on Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia, Belt and Road Initiative, agricultural development and agribusiness in North-West China, Muslim communities in China. She published book chapters, scientific articles and analysis for, among the others, Routledge, Springer and the Baillet Latour Chair of European Union – China Relations and the EU-China Research Centre. Her monograph on socio-economic development in Xinjiang was published by Palgrave in December 2019. Media appearances: SCMP, The Guardian, THE, CGTN, CRI, Swiss Public TV, Radio Tre Mondo, Radio Anch'io, RFA, Il Resto del Carlino, Corriere di Romagna.
Alessandra Cappelletti
  • Qualifications

    • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (Jan. 2020)
    • Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at XIPU Institution, XJTLU (Nov. 2019)
    • Senior Research Fellow at the Research Center on Contemporary China (cscc.it), Italy (Mar. 2015)
    • PhD, Eastern and Southern Asian Studies and Law with Specialization in Ethno-Sociology (dual degree), Oriental University of Naples and Minzu University of China, 2013
    • Postgraduate Specialization Program, Diplomatic and International Studies, University of Padua, 2002
    • BA, MA, Oriental Languages and Literatures (major in Classical Chinese) - University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”, 2001
  • Experience

    • Principal supervisor for the Master (MSc) dissertation, Capstone Consultancy Project Report, "The Impact of Pakistani Stakeholders on China Pakistan Economic Corridor A stakeholders’ analysis based on the salience model", student: Zubair Shah Hussein, Degree of Master in Project Management, International Business School Suzhou XJTLU, January 2020, grade: 76 with merit
    • Voluntary Teacher for the group English Teachers for Hubei
    • Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, XJTLU, from August 2018
    • Associate Professor and Policy Analyst, XIPU Institution, XJTLU, January-August 2018
    • Scientific Coordinator, Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia, China Center, Turin Polytechnic University, 2017-2019
    • Member of the Board of Directors and Senior Researcher, Centro Studi sulla Cina Contemporanea (Research Centre on Contemporary China), 2016 to present
    • Visiting Research Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - SWP (German Institute for International and Security Affairs), 1st June-30th November 2017
    • Joint Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of East Asian Studies - IN-EAST and Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation (CGR21), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), October 2016 – March 2017
    • Adjunct Professor, International Relations of East Asia, American University of Rome, 2013 – 2016
    • Teaching assistant, International Relations with specialization on China, University LUISS Guido Carli, March 2014 – September 2014
    • Co-founder and contributor, Cinaforum.net, 2014 - ongoing
    • Scientific Coordinator, monthly publications and reports on Chinese economy and China-Italy economic relations for the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, 2015-2017
    • Member of the Scientific Committee, International Summer School "Understanding Global China - Economy, Innovation, Opportunities", Summer 2017
    • Member of AISC, Italian Association of Chinese Studies; Chinese Economic Association - CEA, UK; Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS)
    • China expert and input panelist at the conference: “Futures of Cooperation”, Panel IV: Global Cooperation and Competing Conceptions of World Order, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (CGR21), Duisburg, November 2017
    • China expert and discussant, conference "The DAC and Development Co-operation" Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (CGR21) – Duisburg, May 2017
    • Foreign expert, Commission for the evaluation of the research projects, Minor in Area and Cultural Studies – College of Humanities – Centre for Area and Cultural Studies (CACS), Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, May 2013
    • Professor of Journalistic Chinese, Confucius Institute University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Sept. 2014 – June 2016
    • Co-organiser and lecturer, Interdisciplinary and inter-faculty seminar “Metropolis in Asia”, University of Naples L'Orientale, May-June 2014
    • Lecturer, seminar on “Ethnic identity and borders: Socio-economic Changes in Peripheral China”, Degree in Project Management of Tourism Systems, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 20 Nov. 2013- 4 Dec. 2013
  • Research interests

    • China's foreign policy
    • Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia and Europe
    • China's cultural diplomacy
    • Agricultural development in North-West China and Central Asia
    • Chinese society
    • Ethnic minorities in China
  • Articles

    • "Between Centrality and Rescaled Identity: a New Role for the Chinese State in shaping China’s image abroad: The case of the Twitter account of a Chinese diplomat in Pakistan", in Chinese Political Science Review, June 2019, Springer
    • “Developing the Land and the People: Social Development Issues in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (1999–2009)”, in East Asia, June 2015, Volume 32, Issue 2, Springer pp. 137-171
    • “La proiezione cinese in Asia Centrale: il caso del Kazakhstan e dell'affitto dei terreni agricoli” (Chinese soft power in Central Asia: the case of Kazakhstan and the agreements on agricultural land), in Rivista di politica, Rubbettino (giugno 2015)
    • “Ethnicity Reconsidered. Land acquisition and power dynamics in the Kashgar Prefecture”,in Dalny Vychod, IV, 1, Olomouc University Press, 2014
    • “Study on the Development of the Tuntian System in Northern Xinjiang during the Qing Dynasty”, co-author with Zhang Anfu, in Ming Qing STUDIES 2012, Aracne Editore, Roma, pp. 191-212
  • Proceedings

    • “Social Change in Kashgar: from a Cultural and Religious Oasis along the Silk Road to the “Dubai of Central Asia”, in Proceedings of the “Social Changes in China” Academic Workshop, Catholic University of Milan, Aracne Editrice, Oct. 2014
    • “Land acquisition dynamics in the rural areas of the Kashgar Prefecture”, in Minutes of the XIV workshop of the Italian Association of Chinese Studies, University of Naples "L'Orientale", Naples: Libreria L'Orientale Editrice, 2014
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Cappelletti, Alessandra (2019), Socio-Economic Development in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Disparities and Power Struggle in China’s North-West (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • "La Nuova Via della Seta e il ruolo della Cina nello scenario globale" (The New Silk Road and the Role of China on the Global Stage), in Paolo Ciofi (ed.) "Più vicina. La Cina del XXI secolo" (Closer to Us. China in the Twenty First Century), bordeaux edizioni, May 2020 (isbn 9788832103571)
    • "Between the EU, Russia, and China: A Comparative Assessment of Cultural Diplomacy Engagements in Central Asia", Chapter 10, Elke Boers, Alessandra Cappelletti and Domenico Valenza, in Fabienne Bossuyt and Bart Dessein (eds.), "The EU, China and Central Asia: Regional Cooperation in A New Era", Routledge, to be published in October 2020
    • 瑞典创新模式,薄智跃 李丽莎,西浦报告,2018年第4期(总第4期), 2018年4月20日 “Ruidian chuangxin moshi”, Bo Zhiyue, Li Lisha, 2018 nian di4qi (zongdi 4 qi), 2018 nian 4 yue 20 ri “The Swedish Innovation Model”, Bo Zhiyue and Alessandra Cappelletti, XIPU Institution Report No.4, 20/04/2018
    • 韩国的创新之路,薄智跃 李丽莎, 西浦报告,2018年第5期(总第5期), 2018年5月21日 “Hanguo de chuangxin zhi lu”, Bo Zhiyue, Li Lisha, 2018 nian di5qi (zongdi 5 qi), 2018 nian 5 yue 21 ri “South Korea’s Path to Innovation”, Bo Zhiyue and Alessandra Cappelletti, XIPU Institution Report No.5, 21/05/2018
    • “The Construction of Chinese Culture in a Globalized World and Its Importance for Beijing's Smart Power – Notes and concepts on a narrative shift”, Working Papers on East Asian Studies, Green Series No. 115, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, June 2017
    • “Chinese cultural diplomacy in the European context: between sophistication and lack of self-confidence – notes on the impact and effectiveness of Chinese BRI-related cultural diplomacy actions among the European public”, EU-China Observer of the Baillet Latour Chair of European Union – China Relations and the EU-China Research Centre for Issue #4.16: “Public Diplomacy in EU-China Relations”, January 2017
    • “China and Central Asia in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative”, in “La Via Cinese” - realizzazioni, cause, problemi, soluzioni, Marx XXI editions, January 2017
    • “Is Xinjiang socio-economic development equal? Methodological issues and evidences from the field”, in “Moving Across Borders in China: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chinese Cultural Diversity in Marginal Areas”, Aracne Editrice, Collana Asia Orientale, December 2016
    • “La strategicità della regione dello Xinjiang e le sue complessità” (The strategic importance of Xinjiang region and its complexity), in Eurasia e Jihadismo, Carocci 2016
    • “Kashgar and Shihezi: socio-economic disparities and development gap”, in Anna Hayes and Michael Clarke (eds.), Inside Xinjiang: Space, Place and Power in China's Muslim Far Northwest, Routledge 2016
    • “Note on the Mongolian Landscape Map - Exhibition at Terme di Diocleziano, Rome”, in Ming Qing STUDIES 2012, Aracne Editore, Roma, pp. 265-267
    • Co-author, with Prof.Abduresit Jelil Qarluq, of the chapter on Uyghur peoples in the 60-volumes encyclopedia 《中国各民族》 "Peoples of China", joint project Minzu University of China, Ethnic Minority Study Center of China (EMSCOC) and Shanghai Yilin Press, 2010, 11 pages
    • “Gli Uiguri del Xinjiang: processi politici e dissenso tra Cina e Asia Centrale”, in ISPI Analysis, no. 9, April 2010, pp.1-8, Milan (http://www.ispionline.it/it/documents/Analysis_9_2010.pdf) (Uyghurs in Xinjiang: political processes and dissent between China and Central Asia)
    • “Dossier China – The Long Conquest”, in Missioni Consolata, January 2010, pp. 25-44, Torino. In the same monthly and in La Nuova Ecologia were published my reports and dossiers from China and Turkey
    • “La mamma è una sovversiva”, in Donne per un altro mondo ("My mother is a dissident", in Women for another world), di Angela Lano e Paolo Moiola, Gabrielli Editore, Giugno 2008, Verona
    • “Xinjiang as a kaleidoscope of cultures – Uyghurs and Han: power relations and wish of development”, in East no. 27, 2009, pp. 88-95, Milan
    • Contributor for the Dazhalan Project with articles on the Dazhalan district in Beijing and the Sulukule area in Istanbul (http://www.dazhalan-project.org), published in Urban China, no. 26, 2008 Beijing
    • Essay on the Chinese artist Huang Rui in the catalogue of the contemporary art exhibition Beijing 2008: Animal Time in Chinese History – an artwork by Huang Rui, Gangemi Editore, February 2008, Rome. The exhibition is held at Museo delle Mura di Porta San Sebastiano and Galleria Sala 1, 9th February – 8th June 2008, Rome
    • Le imprese greche e il mercato italiano nell’ambito del processo di internazionalizzazione – Un’analisi dei rapporti economico-commerciali tra imprese greche e Italia nello scenario imprenditoriale delle Fiere Internazionali di Salonicco del 2002 (The Greek Enterprises and the Italian Market in the Framework of the Internationalisation Process – An Analysis of the Economic-Commercial Relations between Greek Enterprises and Italy in the Context of the International Fairs of Thessaloniki during the Year 2002), Hellenic-Italian Chamber of Commerce Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, May 2003
    • Research and analysis on the ICT market in Greece for ASSOCAMERESTERO (Association of the Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad), via Morgagni, Rome
  • Conference presentations

    • “Strategic partnerships along the New Silk Road. Main actors and opportunities in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative”, webinar on “Strategic Partnerships along the New Silk Road – Focus Central Asia and Africa”, Global Elite of Business Administration (EBA), Shanghai Jiaotong University, 9th June 2020
    • Presentation of the book "Più vicina. La Cina del XXI secolo" (Closer to Us. China in the XXI Century), webinar organised by Bordeaux Edizioni, 5th June 2020
    • “The Role and Place of Central Asia in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative”, expert meeting on the topic: “Analysis of China’s economic and foreign policy in Kazakhstan”, webinar organised by the Center for Applied Research «TALAP» in Nur-Sultan and by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Nur-Sultan, 29th May 2020
    • "Covid-19 and Its impact on China-EU Relations", webinar organised by the Institute of the Belt and Road Initiative, Tsinghua University, 21st May 2020
    • "The new world after COVID-19", presenter from China, Prof. Jeffrey Wasserstrom from California, Amb. Alberto Bradanini from Italy. Webinar organised by the Research Center of Contemporary China, 10th April 2020
    • "Transition from Small-plot Farming to Large-scale Agricultural Ventures in Xinjiang and the Repercussions for Central Asian Countries", panel "Transition from Small-plot Farming to Large-scale Agricultural Ventures in Xinjiang and the Repercussions for Central Asian Countries", ESSHC 2020, 18-21 March, Leiden, the Netherlands (postponed due COVID-19 outbreak, paper submitted)
    • "The Official Discourse on 'Terrorism' as a Way to cope with Political Struggle and Maintain the Status Quo: the Case of 'Uyghur Terrorists' in China", panel Comparing Narratives: Terrorism Representations and the 'Historical Continuities' Hypothesis , ESSHC 2020, 18-21 March, Leiden, the Netherlands (postponed due COVID-19 outbreak, paper submitted)
    • "Renarrating the 'Western territories': training programs for voluntary narrators in China's Far West", international workshop on "Orchestrated Thinking: Communications in China", XJTLU, China, 7-8 December 2019
    • "La Cina all'epoca di Montucci" (China in Montucci's epoch), Conference and art exhibition "Da Siena all'Europa guardando alla Cina" (From Siena to Europe looking at China), University of Siena and Siena Municipal Library, ITALY, 28th November 2019
    • "Noisy Silence: The Social Dilemma and Inclusive Development of Suzhou Ladies' Street", invited speaker with Dr. Diana Garrisi and Liu Yitong, XIPU Insights Seminar, International Research Building XJTLU, China, 13th November 2019
    • "La Nuova Via della Seta e il ruolo della Cina nello scenario globale" (The New Silk Road and China's role in the global arena). Conference: 70 anni dopo. La Cina oggi e la sua presenza nel mondo (70 years after. China today and its role in the world), Faculty of Law, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy, 18th October 2019
    • "The transformative aspects of CPEC in Balochistan. Political acceptance and social resistance", XJTLU Roundtable, Panel on State and National Engagements, 3rd Annual Jiangnan Conference, University of Nottingham Ningbo, CHINA, April 26th and 27th 2019
    • BREXIT ROUNDTABLE, Chair, Department of International Relations, XJTLU, 6 March 2019
    • "Small-plot farming and transnational agribusiness ventures in Xinjiang. The cases of Kashgar and Shihezi", International Workshop The Frontier of Continental North East Asian Industrialization. The Long Perspective (1895–Now)", invited speaker, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, February 25th–26th, 2019
    • Research Seminar: “Agricultural Land Allocation Policies between Informality and Codification” (invited speaker) Research Seminar series – Department of China Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 15th November 2018
    • Workshop/book project: “Suzhou in Transition” (invited discussant) Discussant for the chapter by Beibei Tang: “Wujiang in Transition: Urban Development and Changing Governance Mechanisms”, Department of China Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China 26th May 2018
    • Conference: “The Yangtze River Delta Think Tank Alliance” (organizer) XIPU Institution, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou, China 18th May 2018
    • “China’s smart power along the BRI countries” (invited speaker) “Innovation ecosystems: collaborative platforms between Sweden and China” (invited speaker) Two lectures held during the Second Annual Conference of the Jiangnan Research Group on China Studies: “A ’New Era’ for China? Trends and Challenges on Domestic and International Fronts”, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China 23rd-24th March 2018
    • “China, the Global Order, and Two Ages of Rising Powers: Comparing and Contrasting the World of 1900 and the World of Today” lecture by Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom, 28th Käte Hamburger Lecture (organizer and chair) Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) - Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST), University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany 14th December 2017
    • “Strategic Power without Normative Intentions: A New Paradigm in International Relations? The Case of China”, two-day academic workshop (organizer and speaker) Institute of East Asian Studies and Käte Hamburger Kolleg, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany University of Duisburg-Essen, SG Building, Geibelstr. 41 14th - 15th December 2017
    • “The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater” (invited speaker) Panel: “China's Policies on the Ground” Conference: “China's Expanding Influence in the Middle East: Trade, Energy, Security and Multipolarity”, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs KAS (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung) Office Syria/Iraq, Beirut, Lebanon 28th September 2017
    • “Between Past and Future, the Port of Venice as a Cultural-Economic Hub of the New Silk Road” (invited speaker) International Summer School: Understanding Global China Research Institute on Contemporary China / University of Rome “Tor Vergata” Villa Mondragone, Frascati, Rome, Italy http://globalchinasummerschool.com/ 24-28 July 2017
    • “Chinese Investments in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative” (invited speaker) round table “BRI – Belt and Road Initiative. Opportunities and Challenges for the Italian industry” Chatam House standards Confindustria National Headquarters, Rome, Italy 19th July 2017
    • “Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the Belt and Road Initiative: the Case of Venice” (invited speaker) Seminar "One Belt One Road, the rising Chinese model in the global society?" University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany 8th July 2017
    • “China's Smart Power: towards the construction of a flexible multi-centric cultural infrastructure” (invited speaker) discussant: Prof. Liam Swiss – Chair: Prof. Liu Tao Research Colloquium at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany 21 March 2017
    • “Cultural Diplomacy along the Silk Road: dynamics and impact in the OBOR countries” (invited speaker) international conference: Regional Variations and the Role of Local Actors in Chinese Cultural Diplomacy: Taking Central Asia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Central Europe as Case Studies Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague 23-24 February 2017
    • “Cultural Diplomacy and communication strategies implemented by Chinese state and non-state actors in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. A theoretical framework” (invited speaker) international workshop: The Internationalization of Chinese Currency and the One Belt One Road Strategy University of Duisburg-Essen – campus Duisburg, Germany
    • “Slowing Internal Economy, Transnational Investments and Cultural Diplomacy: Global New Normal?” (invited speaker and panel chair) international workshop China's “New Normal”: Politics, Economic Reforms and Political Philosophy University of Duisburg-Essen – campus Duisburg, Germany 1st-3rd December 2016
    • “The socio-economic impact of the shift from long-term to short term agricultural land contracts on the local communities in the Kashgar Prefecture” (invited speaker) talk at Columbia University, New York The Inner Asia Curriculum Project and the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia SIPA School of International and Public Affairs, United States 13th April 2016
    • “China's strategy in Central Asia: the case of Kazakhstan” (selected speaker) Panel: Caucasus and the Caspian regions in the international system Sgri 2015 (Italian Standing Group on International Relations) Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy Trento, 25-27 June 2015
    • “China-India. Distant neighbours” (invited speaker) Talk addressed to undergraduate students in the framework of the course “History and Institutions of contemporary Asia” Department of Asian and African Studies, University of Venice “Ca' Foscari”, Italy 24 Nov. 2015
    • “The new Xinjiang: towards a reassessment of the interpretative binarisms centre-periphery and urban-rural” (panel chair) Panel: “Metropolis in Asia: Representations and Reconfigurations of Contemporary Urban Spaces” The Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) 2015 Meiji Gakuin University, Shirokane Campus, Tokyo, Japan June 20-21, 2015
    • “Plural identities: the impact of socio-economic change on Uyghur population in contemporary Xinjiang” (invited speaker) Seminar on research methodology for PhD students Dipartimento Istituto di Studi Orientali (ISO), University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy 9 June 2015
    • “The future of Green Economy on the Italy-China axis” (invited speaker) Master course in Management and Communication for the Green Economy University Suor Orsola Benincasa Naples, Italy 11 Apr. 2015
    • “Cambiamenti socio-economici e identità nel Xinjiang contemporaneo” (Socio-economic changes and identity in contemporary Xinjiang) (invited speaker) Department of Asian and African Studies University of Venice “Ca' Foscari” Venice, Italy 24 Mar. 2015
    • Lecture at the Master in Global Management China: “Cinaforum.net: from the blog to the online journal” “Sinological research in Chinese border areas” (invited speaker) Ca' Foscari Challenge School Università “Ca' Foscari” di Venezia Venice, Italy 10 Dec. 2014
    • “China between tradition and modernity” (invited speaker) Confucius Institute Day Catholic University of Milan Milan, Italy 27 Sept. 2014
    • “Understanding 'rule of law' in contemporary Xinjiang. Land acquisition dynamics and legality in Han and Uyghurs' contexts” (selected speaker) New European Research on Contemporary China conference French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) and Sino-French Academic Center (CFC, Tsinghua University) Beijing, China 2-4 July 2014
    • Dal piccolo appezzamento all'impresa agricola nella regione del Xinjiang” (From plots to large-scale intensive agiculture in the Xinjiang region) (invited speaker) SIII 2014 – VII edition, Interdisciplinary, inter-university and inter-faculty workshop Università degli Studi di Milano – Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Economiche e Sociali, Milan, Italy 19-20 May 2014
    • From “land as a common” to “commodity land” in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (selected speaker), International Workshop: Disorder, Action and the “Public Good” in China University of Lausanne, Switzerland 6-7 December 2013
    • “Elite co-optation dynamics in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: Uyghur Muslim officials in rural Xinjiang” (selected speaker) SEG Jahrestagung – Colloque annuel de la SSE Panel: Current Contributions to Chinese Anthropology, Sierre, Switzerland 7-9 November 2013
    • “Ethnicity Reconsidered: The Uyghurs and the Power in China's Muslim Region of Xinjiang” (selected speaker) 7th Annual Conference on Cultural and Social Anthropology of East Asia 2012 Art Center, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic 31st Oct-2nd Nov. 2013
    • “Land Acquisition” and “Land grabbing” in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – Towards a sociological understanding of a complex phenomenon Panel coordinator at the National biennial Conference of the Italian Association for Chinese Studies (AISC). Panel title: "The contribution of the socio-anthropological approaches to the Chinese studies: theoretical perspectives and outcomes” Università degli Studi di Napoli “L'Orientale”, Procida School of Advanced Studies, Italy 19th-21st September 2013
    • Kashgar as a new destination for Han tourism: the impact on local communities and urban transformations (invited speaker) Seminar on tourism and urban transformations Campus Einaudi – University of Turin, Italy 17th June 2013
    • “Land acquisition” dynamics in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: the impact on land patterns and floating population (selected speaker) The 11th biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) “Responsible China” University of Turku, Finland 11.-14th of June 2013
    • "Tuntian e Corpi di Produzione e Costruzione del Xinjiang: continuità oppure rottura storica?" (Tuntian and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps: continuity or historical breach?), invited speaker Convegno di Studi Ming-Qing Studies 2012 University of Macerata, Italy Coordinator: Prof. Paolo Santangelo 30th April 2013
    • “Popolazioni e leadership locali nel Xinjiang di epoca Qing – amministrazione e controllo dell’area prima e dopo il 1759” (Populations and Local Leadership in Qing Xinjiang – administration and control of the area before and after 1759), invited speaker Research seminar: Le minoranze linguistico-religiose nella Cina Ming-Qing University of Rome “La Sapienza” – Department of Asian Studies, Italy Coordinator: Prof. Paolo Santangelo 7th March 2013
    • “Categorie etniche e ricerca sul campo in Cina. Quando, come e perché usare, o non usare, la prospettiva etnica. Il caso del Xinjiang” (Ethnic Categories and Fieldwork in China. When, how and why to use, or not to use, the ethnic perspective. The Xinjiang case), selected speaker -National AISC (Associazione Italiana di Studi Cinesi) Seminar – Research seminar - Perugia, PG, Italy 6th-7th October 2012
    • “L'immigrazione Han nel Xinjiang dal 1949 a oggi” (Han Migration to Xinjiang since 1949) National ASIAC (Associazione per gli Studi in Italia dell'Asia Centrale) Conference Levico Terme, TN, Italy 10-12 December 2009
  • Grants

    • 2020, Research Development Fund, “Deconstructing the Belt and Road Initiative. Concepts, methods and approaches in China, Italy and Greece”, XJTLU (80,000 RMB)
    • 2020, Small Grant China Outside Project, “From transnational to national: appropriating Dunhuang as a symbolic locus for China’s national culture”, HSS Cluster, XJTLU (10,000 RMB)
    • 2019, Department Grant for the project “No more ladies in Suzhou Ladies’ Street: social dilemma and inclusive development in Nvrenjie”; project on Muslim communities in Suzhou, XJTLU, Department of International Studies (RMB 20,000)
    • 2019, Principal Investigator, Transitional society in Suzhou’s Nurenjie : a historical perspective, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), XJTLU (RMB 9,750)
    • 2016, Joint Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of East Asian Studies - IN-EAST and Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation (CGR21), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), October 2016 – March 2017 (€ 21,000)
    • 2009, PhD, Eastern and Southern Asian Studies and Law with Specialization in Ethno-Sociology (dual degree), Oriental University of Naples and Minzu University of China, 2013 (€ 60,000)
    • 2002, Leonardo Grant from the EU Commission for an internship at the Italian-Greek Chamber of Commerce, Thessaloniki (4000 Euro)
    • 2002, Scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a Specialization Course in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs, University of Padua (5000 Euro)
    • 2001, Scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a course in French Language and Literature at Free University of Brussels
    • 1999, Full Scholarship from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a year in China, Beijing Normal University (24,000 RMB)
  • Professional service activities

    • Training Zoom - Platform for video and audio conferencing, XJTLU, February-March 2020
    • Training Big Blue Button (BBB) - Web conferencing system designed for online learning, XJTLU, February-March 2020
    • Coordinator for the Department of International Studies - XJTLU Working Party for Novel Coronavirus Prevention
    • Scientific supervisor of the summer school "EU-China Cooperation: Economic Trends and Perspectives along the New Silk Road" (http://www.euchinasummerschool.com/), Palazzo Dossetti - Reggio Emilia, Italy, 8-19 July 2019
    • Participant on behalf of the Department of International Relations and of XJTLU at NAFSA 2019, annual conference theme, “Global Leadership, Learning, and Change”, 27th May-1st June 2019, Washington DC
    • Lecture Series Curator for the Department of International Relations, XJTLU, September 2018-ongoing
    • Global Engagement Officer for the Department of International Relations, XJTLU, August 2018-ongoing
    • Representative for the Municipality of Reggio Emilia at the European Union Programme IUC, 15 – 21 July 2018, appointed delegate at the annual EU-China High-Level Seminar on Regional Policy, Zhengzhou, 18 July 2018 (chaired by Corina Cretu, EU Commissioner for Urban and Regional Policy)
    • Organizer of the study tour on the Chinese Silk Road (Xian-Lanzhou-Dunhuang-Turpan), 5th-15th September 2016
    • Organiser, cultural trip: “In Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing with Qiu Xiaolong”, 27th Dec. 2015 - 6th Jan. 2016
    • Consultant sociologist, Land Allocation Monitoring Mission – Sino-German Poverty Alleviation programme, co-financed by the Chinese Government and Federal Republic of Germany through KFW, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, for Kfw Investment Bank, Frankfurt, Financing Agency of the Project with the Chinese Ministry of Finance, 2011-2012
    • Interpreter Italian-Chinese-Italian, training on the job for Chinese engineers of the company XAXAC for AVIO Group S.p.A., 6 May – 11 May 2013
    • Italian trainer for corporate clients, Oxford CenteRiver Training & Education Group, Nov. 2010- Nov. 2011 (Beijing)
    • Support staff to the General Manager and Corporate Office, BANCA UBAE SpA, 2006-2007
    • Sales officer, Asia-Pacific Commercial Office, MF Group Spa, 2005-2006
    • Marketing and Press Officer, Asia Onlus, 2005-2006
    • Officer, International clients support division, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 2003–2004
    • Special projects Officer, Italian-Greek Chamber of Commerce in Thessaloniki, 2002–2003
  • Teaching activities

    • International Relations of East Asia
    • China's Foreign Policy
  • Courses taught

    • INR001 Current Issues in Global Affairs
    • Journalistic Chinese
    • Chinese Language (advanced)
  • Awards and honours

    • Member of the Inter-university Center for Comparative Area Studies: Asia, Africa, Latin America (ASAFAL), 2018-ongoing
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 0086 512 81884646
  • Email

    Alessandra.Cap@xjtlu.edu.cn
  • Address

    Department of International Relations
    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
    Office HS 402
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park
    Suzhou
    P.R.China
    215123