The Department of China Studies at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University aims to become a major centre for research on the development of Chinese society. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together consideration of history and culture, society and politics, business and economics. Understanding that research in the humanities and social sciences is often individual-based, staff nonetheless use the department as a collective resource and framework for intellectual inquiry.

The Department of China Studies has identified the following key research directions based on the strength of our academic team and the strategic direction of XJTLU:

  • Chinese society
  • Chinese politics and economy
  • Chinese history, literature and culture

Collective research project

The department collectively has a three-year project to consider the development of Suzhou, entitled the Suzhou Project. This is a university-wide project that brings in staff from other departments.

Individual research projects

David Goodman

  • The New Rich and the State in China: The social basis of local power
  • Economic growth in China's west: the social basis of enterprise development
  • Social Change in Suzhou

Beibei Tang

  • The cities of Suzhou, Guangzhou and Shenyang

Pawel Zygadlo

  • Chinese culture and identity
  • Contemporary marriage

Dragan Pavlicevic

  • China-EU relations

Xi Liu

  • Minorities Culture in Chinese Avant-gardists’ Fictions
  • Memoirs of Contemporary Chinese Female Intellectuals
  • Class and Gender in Contemporary Chinese Literature


The department is cooperating with the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at City University, Hong Kong, to hold a workshop on family and marriage in China on 25-27 September 2016. The workshop will lead to the Handbook on Family and Marriage and China to be published by Edward Elgar, UK.


The department has academic seminars through semester time on Thursday evenings at 5.30.


The Department of China Studies welcomes students either as enrolled full time students on its own PhD programme, or as visiting students coming to study for one semester or a year. Applications are welcome.

For further information on research, please contact Monica Yang, at