News and Events

Upcoming Events:

  • State of Exchange book talks: Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, 19 January 2018, 16:45; and, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Durham, 13 February 2018, 17:00.
  • Association for Asian Studies’ annual conference in Washington DC, 25 March 2018, 10:45am. Paper: “Chinese Non-State Actors and its Effects on our Understanding of Global Civil Society.”

Recent Events:

  • State of Exchange book launch at the University of Alberta on 31 March 2017, 14:30
  • In February and March 2017 I gave talks on my book, State of Exchange: Migrant NGOs and the Chinese Government at:
  • Association for Asian Studies’ annual meeting in Toronto (16-19 March 2017). Discussant on “China’s New Reality: The Evolving Behavior of State Actors, Policymakers and the Citizenry in an Era of Economic Uncertainty,” Friday 17 March 2017.
  • ARNOVA, Washington DC (17-19 November 2016) – Presentation of “Chinese NGOs as Welfare Providers: Challenges and Constraints” on panel NGOs and INGOs in East Asian Context; “Conceptualizing Government-Organized NGOs” on panel Conceptualizing the Sector.
  • Development Studies Association, Oxford, UK (11-13 September 2016) – My co-author Timothy Hildebrandt (LSE) presented “Understanding a terminological paradox: conceptualising government-organised non-governmental organisations (GONGOs) on Panel 24 China and the rising powers as development actors. I presented “The Developmental State of the 21st Century: Accounting for State and Society” on Panel 68 Partnerships and power in the 2030 Agenda.
  • American Sociological Association, Seattle, WA (20-23 August 2016) – I presented the following co-authored papers: “NGO Strategies in an Authoritarian Context, & their Implications for Citizenship: The Case of the PRC (Regular Session: Voluntary & Non-Profit Organizations) and “‘Going Out’ or Staying In? The Expansion of Chinese NGOs in Africa” (Sociology of Development Section Session).
  • 12th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research, Stockholm, Sweden (28 June – 1 July 2016) – two co-authored paper accepted for presentation: “Approaching Maturity: The Role of Knowledge and Professionalisation in the Development of Chinese NGOs” and “Communities of Practice and Social Learning: An Analysis of the NGO Sector in China.”
  • Association for Asian Studies’ annual meeting in Seattle (31 March – 2 April 2016), Paper presented: “China’s Development: A New Development Paradigm?”
  • Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales (Sydney) on Tuesday 21 July 2015 (12:30-1:30pm) I presented “A Game of Strategies: State-NGO Relations in China.”
  • China Studies Centre, University of Sydney on Tuesday 4 August (12:30-1:30pm)  I shared the latest findings from a collaborative project: “Opportunities and Constraints for the Expansion of Chinese NGOs in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Ethiopia and Malawi.”
  • North American Chinese Sociologist Association’s (NACSA) annual meeting in Chicago (21 August 2015), where I organised the following panel “Survival Strategies: Chinese NGOs in the Era of Xi Jinping.”
  • Immediately following NACSA, at the American Sociological Association’s meeting also in Chicago, I presented the following papers: “Approaching Maturity: The Role of Knowledge and Professionalization in the Development of Chinese NGOs” (Regular Session, Political Sociology, Sunday 23 August 2015, 2:30-4:10pm); “Strategic Collaboration and Avoidance in State-NGO Relations”(Roundtable, Global and Transnational Sociology, Tuesday 25 August 2015, 8:30-9:30am).