Asia Expertise Guide

 

Cultures

  • Dr Julian Stringer

    Hollywood. East Asian cinema. Issues of film historiography. Cultural politics of international film festivals.
    +44 (0) 115 951 4846
    Arts and Culture Communications Cultures hollywood asian cinema film history Culture politics international
  • Dr Russel Skelchy

    Research interests include popular music of maritime Southeast Asia, multiracial studies, popular music (sub)cultures, sound studies, imperialism, decolonisation, and gender studies. Also performes the Indonesian keroncong, Javanese gamelan and Filipino rondalla music.
    0115 951 5845
    Cultures Gender History Migration Music Politics popular music Maritime southeast asia multiracial studies (sub)cultures sound studies imperialism Decolonisation gender studies
  • Dr Daniel Mutibwa

    Issues around emerging business models, community-building, sustainability and copyright that are shaping the direction of grassroots design and digital fabrication and hardware entrepreneurialism in the Greater China region and their impact on the global digital economy.
    0115 82 32251
    Business and economy Communications Cultures emerging business models community-building Sustainability Copyright grassroots design digital fabrication entrepreneurialism greater China region digital economy
  • Professor Julian Henderson

    Science and archaeology. Ancient technologies, particularly glass, ceramics, metals and stone. Islamic archaeology in Syria. Scientific techniques used in archaeology. Silk Road
    +44 (0) 115 951 4840
    Archaeology Arts and Culture Belt and Road Initiative Cultures Environment History Science archaeology Ancient technology Islamic syria silk road Asia China Japan Indonesia turkey Kazakhstan Tajikistan Hong Kong history
  • Dr Mark Gallagher

    Contemporary American and international cinema. American independent film. Documentary film and television. Global television. Gender and masculinity in media. Action film. East Asian cinema.
    +44 (0) 115 846 7292
    Arts and Culture Communications Cultures Gender film Culture documentary Television Contemporary cinema international American independent global Gender Action asian East Asia
  • Dr Esther Bott

    'Niche' tourism markets and how local people negotiate them. Expertise in ethnographic research on: orphanage tourism in Nepal; 'tribal' tourism in Vietnam; adventure tourism in Nepal, Thailand (and Jordan and Patagonia). Currently working on a project exploring micro-finance, children's health and women's 'empowerment' in poor communities in Bihar, India.
    07985 652 137
    Cultures Gender Migration Sociology Tourism poverty power dignity Asia tribal tourism adventure tourism micro-finance women health
  • Professor Xiaoling Zhang

    China's creative industries, i.e., the film industry, the TV industry, new media technologies/social media, more recently focusing on their role in the nation's attempt to refresh its image and to build international soft power.
  • Professor Gary Rawnsley

    Media, communications, propaganda, public and cultural diplomacy, soft power. My research has focused mainly on China and Taiwan, but I have also conducted research on Vietnam and Korea.
  • Dr Jonathan Sullivan

    China and Taiwan: politics, elections, foreign relations, security, media, internet, pop culture, Chinese football
    +44 (0)115 95 14046
    Belt and Road Initiative China Communications Cultures International Relations Politics World China Taiwan politics Chinese football Chinese media Chinese Internet
  • Dr Dag Yngvesson

    Indonesian cinema from 1950-present. Local/regional comparative politics of cinematic form and style. Relation between cinema and other screen/performing arts. Relation between local literatures (historical and contemporary) and cinema. Cinema as a local political/counter-hegemonic tool. Javanese philosophy & historiography. Politics of Sukarno era, Suharto era, and Reformasi in relation to cinema and other mass media.
    +6 (03) 8924 8704
    Art Communications Cultures Media film Indonesia southeast asia Malaysia Thailand cinema politics java Sukarno Suharto Reformasi
  • Professor Michèle Clarke

    The environment, climate and ecology of the Asia-Pacific region for the last 30 years, including the complexity of their interactions with society, heritage and cultures. Recent themes have included agriculture and rural development; cultural and built heritage; low carbon and clean energy; rapid urbanisation and sustainable cities; and the energy-water-food nexus.
    0115 951 5446
    Archaeology Architecture and Built Environment Cultures Education Energy Engineering Environment Gender History Migration Science Veterinary climate society sustainable development energy ecosystems Cities Water agriculture heritage Asia
  • Professor Charlotte Bolton

    Global Health with chronic lung disease in Nepal. Worked with partners on a number of projects as part of a GCRF grant - workshop - qualitative understanding household air pollution - guidelines - public health messages Submitting further grants to look at chronic disease management.
    01158231677
    Cultures Environment Health and Medicine COPD lung health global health comorbidity multimorbidity
  • Professor Eugene Ch'ng

    Developing Virtual Reality technology for the production, storage and sharing of cultural heritage spanning large spatial-temporal scales. Develop technology for retrieving, processing, and tools for visual analytics for large social media datasets for understanding phenomena within connected societies.
    +86 574 8818 3049
    Archaeology Architecture and Built Environment Art Belt and Road Initiative Business and economy Cultures Environment History Science virtual reality augmented reality social media big data Digital heritage virtual heritage computational archaeology
  • Dr Lei Hao

    Dr Lei Hao obtained his PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His research area is on the phenomenology of digital technology, focusing on the debates around digital technology and subjectivity. He conceptualises the digital subject in the situated, material analysis of the affordances conditioned by subjective entanglements with technology. To develop this theoretical framework, Dr Hao has worked on the projects of Minzu Identity and ICT, Ethnic Minority Digital Cultural Production in China, Surveillance Technology and Digital Capitalism in China, the Concretisation of Blockchain Technology in Technoliberalism, Virtual Gifting Technology in Chinese Video Sharing Platform and Computational Propaganda in the past ten years. Based on his academic research, Dr Hao has worked closely with industry to make direct knowledge exchange. With over six years of entrepreneurial experiences in China and the UK, Dr Hao's professional background includes the Head of Chinese Operations in IOHK, an engineering company that builds blockchain technology. He is the founder of Access Digital Ltd, a consultancy company that provides insights into areas of marketing and technology. He has also founded Yuanju Technology Ltd, a software engineering company that builds applications for computational media.
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    Communications Cultures Sociology Identity and Rights Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Dr Thomas Barker

    Analyst of media and social change in SE Asia with a focus on Indonesian cinema. Trained in sociology with research interests in cities, media ownership, Islam, and transnational cinema. Author of "Indonesian Cinema After the New Order: Going Mainstream" (HKU Press, 2019).
    Communications Cultures Sociology cinema creative industries transnational Media film
  • Dr Eun Hee Lee

    My research focuses on sustainability (e.g. liveability and communication behaviour in new media) of Asian society such as South Korea and Singapore.
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    Communications Cultures Environment Psychology Governance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Dr Jane Nolan

    Jane is an interdisciplinary scholar drawing on theoretical approaches from sociology, anthropology and management studies. Her research interests in Asia are: State influence on management decision-making and corporate governance in financial MNCs operating in PRC; Expatriate management in PRC; Employee perceptions of organisational justice in Chinese banks; Elite global social networks; Comparative employee relations.
  • Dr Shih-wei Hsu

    Knowledge management in the Chinese context, leadership and social movement organisations.
    +86 574 8818 0293
    Business and economy Cultures Psychology China knowledge management leadership social movement organisations Asia
  • Dr Steven Zhou

    Focus on bridging world and management practices in academia and exploring the root of Chinese management and innovation from Chinese traditional culture.
    +86 574 8818 8803
    Architecture and Built Environment Belt and Road Initiative Business and economy Cultures China Management business culture innovation traditions
  • Professor Chee Wei Phang

    Culture and information technology use and cultural influence on marketing strategies.
    Business and economy Cultures Education Culture information technology cultural influence marketing strategies China Malaysia Singapore
  • Dr Michael Mustafa

    My expertise is on SMEs and Asian Family Business and how they have developed in response to the institutional environments of ASEAN
  • Dr Sascha Auerbach

    My research focuses on race and migration in the nineteenth century, with a particular interest in the Indian and Chinese labour diasporas, the legacies of slavery, and the dynamics of colonial governance.
    Cultures History Law Governance human rights
  • Professor Eugene Ch'ng

    I'm an expert in digital technologies, but in hardcore technical developments (hardware-software integration - VR, AR, MR, XR), applied to culture, and cultural heritage.
    Archaeology Art Belt and Road Initiative Communications Cultures Education Science digital cultural heritage virtual reality augmented reality mixed reality
  • Dr Gaik Cheng Khoo

    Independent filmmaking in Southeast Asia (with a focus on Malaysia), Southeast Asian cinema studies; political economy of the Malaysian durian focusing on the supply chain and its ecological and economic sustainability; cosmopolitanism and food identity; multiculturalism and race relations in Malaysia; S. Korean migrants in Malaysia.
    +60 38725 3572
    Communications Cultures Environment Identity and Rights
  • Dr Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan

    I am scholar from the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), my focus is the international law and human rights from a decolonial perspective. I have written on the United Nations human rights engagement with Sri Lanka which was published in 2019: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811373497. I have been invited to talks via webinars during the pandemic but also before predominantly by Global South institutions in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. I consider myself as expert in the area in its interdisciplinary approach.
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    Cultures History International Relations Law Migration Security Sociology Governance human rights Identity and Rights colonialism nationalism Racism Third World elitism post-colonialism
  • Dr Joanne Lim

    Society 5.0, digital media and society, particularly focusing on participatory culture via social media platforms, mobile (m-health) applications to improve quality of life; interculturalism and civic engagement; and smart and regenerative solutions for communities in the Malaysian-Southeast Asian context.
    Communications Cultures Sociology human rights Identity and Rights Sustainable development goals
  • Dr Sergio Camacho

    Dr Camacho is interested in the study of traditional music and performing arts practices in Asia in general, with a special focus on Chinese Orchestras as platforms for intercultural performance and their integration with Western orchestral practices, area to which he has contributed both via scholarly research and applied outputs, including several compositions, arrangements and orchestrations.
  • Ibtisam Ahmed

    I work on decolonial politics and utopias - how we envision futures that are equitable based on our experiences of the past. I give specific focus to queer identities, religious and spiritual minorities, literature and language, and cultural politics.
    Architecture and Built Environment Art Cultures Gender History Politics Sociology human rights Identity and Rights theology
  • Professor May-Tan Mullins

    My research interests are political ecology of rising China, environmental and energy justice, poverty alleviation and building resilience for the poorest and most vulnerable. One research strand is the rise of the smart eco city and a second strand of my work is to help communities alleviate poverty, particularly in a post-disaster context.
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    Belt and Road Initiative Cultures Education Environment Gender History International Relations Politics Governance human rights Identity and Rights Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Dr Chuma Owuamalam

    My research aims to understand how social identities and inequalities that exist in societies shape the outcomes of people from a variety of backgrounds (including race, gender, sexual orientation and so on). One guiding goal is to find evidence-based solutions to issues arising from social class divides that does not create more side effects than the problem itself.
    +6 (03) 8924 8721
    Cultures Education Gender Psychology Identity and Rights Social identities system justification hate crime Terrorism compassion stereotypes/social judgements prosocial behaviour
  • Dr Marieke de Vries

    My research focuses on autism and the link to culture. Several factors that are linked to autism might be influenced by culture, such as Executive Functioning, Language (e.g., multilingualism), Imagination, and Music.
    +60 387 253 605
  • Dr Sumit Mandal

    I am a transregional historian. My research concerns historical forms of inter-religious and inter-cultural interactions and their outcomes in the Malay world as well as contemporary Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Currently, I am doing research on the Muslim shrines that underpin a historical sacred geography spanning the Indian Ocean from Jakarta to Cape Town.
    Cultures History Malay world southeast asia Indian Ocean transregional history transnational history religious studies race politics Identities
  • Dr Scott Pacey

    Buddhism, new religious movements, and religion in Taiwan and the modern world. Multidisciplinary scholar drawing insights and theoretical approaches from sociology, history and religious studies. Interested in the interplay between tradition and modernity, and religious innovation.
    0115 846 6906
  • Dr Celia Lam

    Celia has an interest in the areas of media and cultural studies, focusing on audience and fan engagement with popular culture texts
  • Dr Corey Schultz

    I have a PhD from Goldsmiths (Media & Communications), and a MA in Asian Studies (China Concentration) from UC Berkeley. I have also studied at Fudan University (Shanghai) and Tsinghua University (Beijing). My areas of research focus on contemporary Chinese visual culture and film phenomenology, and I have additional projects in museum studies and the representations of Jews and Jewishness in China.
  • Dr Filippo Gilardi

    Filippo Gilardi expertise is in Cultural and Creative Industries, Transmedia Storytelling, and Digital Literacy. His main research interests include Media convergence, Creative Industries, and Digital Business Models.
    0086 (1) 574 88188289
    Communications Cultures Education Digital platforms creative industries digital copyright business models Asia China Japan
  • Professor Alan Smyth

    Cystic fibrosis. Clinical trials in children. Chest disease in childhood. Professor Smyth is Director of the Medicines for Children Research Network in the East of England (MCRN-East).
    +44 (0)115 823 0612
    Cultures Health and Medicine Science cystic fibrosis clinical trials chest disease children
  • Dr Christian Mueller

    Global connections between Europe and Asia (South, Southeast and East Asia) from the early modern period to the contemporary era, with a focus on imperialism, transnationalism, normative orders, labour, travel, encounters, curiosity, and identities.
  • Dr Bjarke Liboriussen

    Digital media in China with special attention to video games, gendering of gamer identity, gamer culture, the intersection of social media and video games, video games as popular heritage. The creative industries in China with special attention to the use of tools and technologies in creative work, generational difference.
    +86 (0)754 8818 8992
    Communications Cultures Gender games gaming China e-sports
  • Dr Mary Jane Ainslie

    Dr. Mary J. Ainslie is an Associate Professor specializing in culture and media throughout Southeast Asia, with specific emphasis upon Thailand and Malaysia, as well as the wider intercultural links between the East and Southeast Asia regions. She is Deputy Head of the School of International Communications at the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus. Dr. Ainslie has received funding for a range of projects from various international organizations, including the Academy of Korean Studies, the Korea Foundation and the Vidal Sassoon Centre for the Study of Antisemitism (for studies in which she was project leader). She organized the first symposium to study the consumption and reception of Korean pop culture in Southeast Asia and regularly presents her work in Europe, Israel, Korea and across Southeast Asia. She has previously worked for the Bangkok International Film Festival and was an invited speaker at the Khon Kaen International Film Festival. She has published in journals such as The China Quarterly, Korea Journal, The Women's Studies International Journal and The Asia Pacific Journal, as well as in numerous edited collections. To date she is editor of the volume 'The Korean Wave in Southeast Asia: Consumption and Cultural Production' (2015), 'Thai Cinema: The Complete Guide' (2018), 'Southeast Asia on Screen: From Independence to Financial Crisis (1945-1997)' (2020) has edited a special edition of the 'Horror Studies Journal' (2015), and is currently co-editing 'The Southeast Asian Gothic collection'. Her monograph 'Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Malaysia: Malay nationalism, philosemitism and pro-Israel expressions' was published in 2019, while her forthcoming monograph is under contract with Edinburgh University Press. In 2020 she was made an External Affiliate at the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.
    +86(0)574 8818 0000 (8173)
  • Dr Lily Yu

    Translation Studies, feminist translation studies, history of feminist translation, translation of women's writing, translation of feminist writing, women's studies, women in/and translation, gender Studies, gender in/and translation, gender in language, queer in/and translation, memory and translation, interpreters for the Japanese army in the Second Sino-Japanese war, museum narratives, museum text translation, audio-visual translation, comparative literature.
    +86 574 8818 8569
  • Dr Nancy Liu

    Mostly my research concerns with translation and interpreting related areas such as media and language in social, political and cultural contexts. I'm interested in the intersection of language presentation in the media driven by various stakeholders, policy makers and societies.
    0086-(574)8818000-8568
    Belt and Road Initiative Communications Cultures Politics media translation studies sociocultural translation interpretation
  • Dr Ping Du

    My expertise is in intercultural workplace communication in China, especially in the area of conflict resolution. My research is at the interface of sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and social psychology. I collect and analyse ethnographic data including audio-recordings of meetings, participant interviews, organizational documents, emails and observation notes. My monograph was titled as Intercultural Communication in the Chinese Workplace by Palgrave.
    Communications Cultures Gender Psychology intercultural communication workplace communication conflict communication Discourse analysis Conflict resolution Identity and Rights
  • Dr Florian Wiedmann

    As an academic architect specialized in investigating emerging cities from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, I have been involved in research, practice and teaching in Western Asia since 2006. My main focus has been the rapid urban transformation due to international migration in the Persian Gulf region. From 2011 to 2018 my research was funded by Qatar Foundation and one of the main areas of my expertise is the space production of knowledge economies in the context of rapid urban growth. In recent years, I have also established new links to institutions in India, Nepal and Vietnam.
    Architecture and Built Environment Business and economy Cultures History Migration Cities Persian Gulf GCC urbanism Sustainable development goals governanace
  • Dr Hongwei Bao

    My research focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) visual and performance culture in contemporary China and transnationally. I also study media and cultural practices in the Chinese diaspora.
    0115 84 67465
    Arts and Culture Communications Cultures Gender History Sociology Identity gay politics China social media Media Asia films Gender sexuality
  • Dr Paul McGarr

    I work on the diplomatic and political history of relations between the United States, Great Britain, and South Asia. My research focuses on aspects of Western interaction with India and Pakistan in the areas of transnational politics, economics, defence, intelligence and security, and post-colonial culture.
    0115 84 68505
  • Dr Ruth Maxey

    20th-century and contemporary American literature, especially fiction; Asian American studies; immigrant writing in the United States; American autobiography as a form.
    +44 (0) 115 846 8119 , +44 (0) 7742 919 769
    Arts and Culture Cultures Migration American Literature fiction asian Contemporary Immigrant United States
  • Dr Xuan Feng

    I have extensive research experience with local Chinese government, Chinese and international companies and healthcare sectors in China. My research areas include: Leadership Development, Talent Policy Research, HRM, Organisational Career Development. I have won multiple municipal research grants and municipal teaching and research awards/recognitions. I also teaches in executive education programmes and has delivered teaching sessions in International HRM, change management and work design.
  • Dr Luke Emeka Okafor

    Economic issues that relate to international trade, regional connectivity, digital transformation, tourism economics, development process, and industrial organization with a specific focus on how firms, industries, and countries respond to globalization and shocks. This includes investigating the interplay between digitalization, economic resilience, and performance as well as COVID-19 effects on firms, industries, and economies.
    +6 (03) 8725 3716
    Belt and Road Initiative Business and economy Cultures Education Energy Environment Gender Migration Trade Corruption Governance human rights Identity and Rights Sustainable development goals
  • Professor Martin Lockett

    Over 40 years' experience in China - research has included Chinese management and culture, economic reform and development, international trade and investment, and innovation. He has worked on consulting and executive education in mainland China, Hong Kong/ Macau, Malaysia and Singapore.
    +86 (0) 574 8818 8535
    Belt and Road Initiative Business and economy Cultures Education Chinese management and culture economic reform and development international trade and investment innovation consulting Executive Education mainland China Hong Kong Macau Malaysia Singapore
  • Professor Peter Li

    I am a leading scholar in two areas: (1) indigenous research on Chinese management with a special focus on the modern implications of traditional Chinese philosophies, and (2) emerging multinational firms with a special focus on the strategy and innovation of Chinese multinational firms, especially their overseas mergers and acquisitions.
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    Belt and Road Initiative Business and economy Cultures emerging economies MNCs China Chinese management innovation and entrepreneurship in China
  • Dr Richard Common

    Comparative public policy and management - primarily East Asia and Middle East.
    07717256697
    Cultures Politics World public management international policy transfer public sector management; Public policy; Civil service ministers Training and development in public services and central government HR In public services pay and recruitment Local government International policy development

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