SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

SOAS China Institute Academic Staff

SCI Staff

Institute DirectorProfessor Steve Tsang

Deputy DirectorDr Jieyu Liu

Emeritus ProfessorProfessor Robert Ash

Research Fellow: Dr Olivia Cheung

SCI Executive OfficerLi-Sa Whittington

SCI Events and Comms Assistant: Aki Elborzi

Centres & Programmes Office

Dr Jakob Klein
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Jakob Klein
China (South); anthropology of food; regional cuisines; local foods; restaurant cultures; urban Chinese society and the urban/rural divide.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4428
  • Email:
  • Room: 564
  • Academic Support Hours: See bio for details
Dr Kevin Latham
Kevin Latham
China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance

Professor Carlos Oya
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute (
Carlos Oya
West Africa, Southern Africa, agrarian political economy; poverty; rural labour; development aid; research methods
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4566
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  • Room: 292a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 2.30pm to 4.30pm via link  
Dr Tim Pringle
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Tim Pringle

East Asia, labour relations in China and Vietnam, trade union reform in China and Vietnam, labour and social movements in China, labour migration in China.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4678
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  • Room: 260a
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 1-3pm

Dr Frauke Urban
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Frauke Urban
Research: low carbon energy transitions, energy policy, climate policy, innovation for sustainability, sustainable development
Professor Robert F Ash
Emeritus Professor, SOAS China Institute
Bob Ash
China’s economic development in the 20th and 21st centuries (especially agricultural and rural change, demographic and employment issues, consumption and living standards); evolution of ‘Greater China’; economic development of Taiwan and cross-Strait economic relations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4525
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  • Room: S134
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Professor Chris Bramall
Academic Member, SOAS China Institute
Chris Bramall

Economic growth, income inequality, famine and agricultural development in modern China, the political economy of Maoism, The development of the contemporary Chinese empire

Dr Dic Lo
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Dic Lo
China and globalisation; industrialisation; Soviet-type economic system and transformation; East Asian economic institutions and development; comparative political economy. China.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4532
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  • Room: 271
  • Academic Support Hours: tba
  • On Sabbatical:On research leave in Term 1, 2021-22

Professor Ulrich Volz
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Ulrich Volz

International Finance, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Financial Market Development and Stability, Development and Transition Economics, Global Economic Governance, East Asian Financial Markets

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4721
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  • Room: 285
  • Academic Support Hours: tba
Professor Hong Bo
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Hong Bo

Firm investment decisions under uncertainty; capital market imperfections; corporate finance; corporate governance; financial economics; China.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4528
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  • Room: 543
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Dr Eunsuk Hong
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Eunsuk Hong

Foreign Direct Investment, Emerging-Market Multinationals, Applied spatial econometrics, Chinese management/economy

  • Tel: 0207 898 4564
  • Email:
  • Room: 527
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Dr Huan Zou
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Huan Zou

International entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship, economic development and international business under climate change, internationalisation of emerging economy firms, creative industry and firm growth.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4056
  • Email:
  • Room: 530
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment


Professor Michael W. Charney
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Mike Charney
The history of Buddhist societies in South and Southeast Asia and of culture, technology, and warfare in colonial Africa and Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4612
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  • Room: 322
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dr Andrea Janku
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Andrea Janku

China, Social and Cultural History; The Early Press and the History of Communication; Environmental History

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4636
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  • Room: 318
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11-12:30 (term time) or by appointment

Dr Lars Laamann
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Lars Laamann

Popular religions in early modern China (16th-20th cc); Christianity in china (18th-20th cc); Opium and other narcotics (18th-20th cc); Manchu history (16th-20th cc)

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4634
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  • Room: 323
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays to Fridays by appointment
Professor Shane McCausland
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4705
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  • Room: 453
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Dr Stacey Pierson
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Stacey Pierson

History and production of Chinese ceramics; history and theory of collecting and display

  • Tel: 020 7898 4441
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  • Room: 566
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Professor Louise Tythacott
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Louise Tythacott

Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4159
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  • Room: 505
  • Academic Support Hours: On research leave from September 2022-June 2023

Dr Panpan Yang
Academic Staff
Panpan Yang

Arts and visual cultures of China and the Sinophone world; cinematic arts; animation and digital media; art theory; medium and materiality; cultural flows.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4647
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  • Room: 408
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 2-3pm and by email appointment
Ms Zhaoxia Pang
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Zhaoxia Pang
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4257
  • Email:
  • Room: 378
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 12-1 & Thurs 1-2 (email for appointment)

Dr Song Lianyi
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Lianyi Song
Modern Chinese language and language pedagogy
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4226
  • Email:
  • Room: 367
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues 2-4pm & Fri 2-4pm (email for appointments)
Ms Lik Suen
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Lik Suen
Modern Chinese languages; language pedagogy
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4264
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  • Room: 382
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11.15am-12.15pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm

Dr Ernest Caldwell
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Ernest Caldwell

Early and medieval Chinese law; palaeography; manuscript culture; Classical Chinese; law and language; law and visual culture

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4645
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  • Room: 398
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment (ec24)
Professor Carol G. S. Tan
Carol Tan

Contract, legal history, British overseas rule and the law especially in relation to the leased territory of Weihaiwei and to ethnic Chinese communities in Hong Kong and South East Asia, law and society in South East Asia, traditional Chinese law

Dr Grace (Yu) Mou
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Mou Grace

Criminal justice;  criminal law; comparative criminal justice; criminal evidence; Chinese law; criminology; Asian legal systems; socio-legal studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4277
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  • Room: S227
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11-1pm (term 2)

List C: Guided Options

Professor Justin Watkins
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Justin Watkins

Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
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  • Room: 462
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until Feb 2022; online by appointment
Dr Cosima Bruno
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Cosima Bruno

Contemporary Chinese poetry; translation studies; Chinese language art; Sinophone literatures

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4421
  • Email:
  • Room: 388
  • Academic Support Hours: 2021-22 On leave term 1

Professor Bernhard Fuehrer
Emeritus Professor of Sinology, SOAS China Institute
Bernhard Fuehrer
Classical Chinese philology, rhetoric, philosophy and literature; the history of Sinology in Europe; reception of the canon with specific reference to the Analects
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4218
  • Email:
  • Room: 398
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm
Professor Andrew H-B Lo
Emeritus Professor of Chinese, SOAS China Institute
Andrew Lo
Chinese language (Cantonese and Mandarin); fiction and prose from the Ming-Qing periods; cultural activities of Ming and Qing scholars, especially games; export paintings; traditional horticulture

Dr Xiaoning Lu
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Xiaoning Lu

Chinese film history and criticism; modern Chinese popular culture; visual culture and media technology; cultural governance; socialist modernity

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4670
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  • Room: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment (xl1)
Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
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  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 12-1 or by appointment online


Dr Guangtian Ha
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Guangtian Ha
  • Tel: 020 7898 4399
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  • Room: T402
  • Academic Support Hours: By Email Appointment
Professor Rachel Harris
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Rachel Harris
Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; Silk Road narratives; cultural and heritage policy, Islamic soundscapes; gender; minority rights and identity politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email:
  • Room: 513
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 10.30-11.30 online, Fri 10.30-11.30 in person

Dr Hwee-San Tan
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Staff Silhouette

Ethnomusicology, Buddhist music in China, Taiwan, diaspora studies, intangible cultural heritage preservation, music in Singapore and Malaysia.

Dr Bi-Yu Chang
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Bi-Yu Chang
Cultural politics; identity politics; spatial construction and cartographic representation; nationalism in Taiwan.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4508
  • Email:
  • Room: 364
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 11am - 1pm

Dr Olivia Cheung
Research Fellow, SOAS China Institute
Olivia Cheung

Contemporary politics of China: The Chinese Communist Party; political ideas; ideology; strategic thinking; elite politics; factionalism; political norms; policymaking; local government innovations; experimental zones; rural collectivism; city-clusters; democracy.

Dr Dafydd Fell
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4206
  • Email:
  • Room: 209
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm and by appointment

Dr Bhavna Davé
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Bhavna Dave

Geopolitics of Eurasia, Labour migration regulatory regimes in Russia and Kazakhstan, China's Belt and Road Initiative and effects on Central Asia, Politics in Central Asia, Development strategies in the Russian Far East

  • Tel: 020 7898 4734
  • Email:
  • Room: 224
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Dr Yuka Kobayashi
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Yuka Kobayashi

Human Rights, WTO, Environment, with reference to China and East Asia

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4736
  • Email:
  • Room: 4425
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Dr Tat Yan Kong
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Tat Yan Kong
Comparative Political Economy (East Asia): varieties of capitalism; socialist to market transitions; Security on the Korean Peninsula, Development Theory
  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4743
  • Email:
  • Room: 206
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Professor Steve Tsang
Director, SOAS China Institute
IMG - Steve Tsang

Twentieth-century Chinese history; Chinese foreign policy; China's 'peaceful rise' strategy; China's rising military might; China's soft power; China-UK relations; China-EU relations; China-US relations; China-Taiwan relations; China-Asia relations; Chinese politics; nature of political system in China; the Chinese Communist Party and democracy; human rights in China; Taiwan politics; Taiwan's external relations; Taiwan's democratisation; Taiwan's security; US-Taiwan relations; Hong Kong politics; Hong Kong's relations with mainland China; colonial history of Hong Kong.

Dr Yanan Song
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
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Dr Yanan Song is a Lecturer in Diplomacy and Public Policy at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). Prior to joining SOAS she was a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics at University of Exeter. She had her PhD degree in Politics at Durham University, and completed her MSc in International Public Policy at University College London (UCL).

Professor Julia C Strauss
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
Julia Strauss

State and society in China and Taiwan; Comparative Political Sociology; theatrical and performative dimensions of politics, interpretive methods, China-Africa, China-Latin America

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4746
  • Email:
  • Room: 207
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11:00am - 1:00pm
Dr Jieyu Liu
Deputy Director, SOAS China Institute
Jieyu Liu

Women and gender in China; gender and work; sexuality and organizations; migration; gender and intergenerational relations; ageing and family transitions; unemployment; social policy and welfare reforms in China.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4899
  • Email:
  • Room: S134
  • Academic Support Hours: Appointment by email

Professor T H Barrett
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
T H Barrett
History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period
Dr Antonello Palumbo
Staff Silhouette

Ideological history of pre-modern China; Chinese religions, notably Taoism and Buddhism; history of the Buddhist canon in China; Manichaeism and Iranian influences in medieval China; Chinese cultural relations with Central Asia

Professor Ulrich Pagel
Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute
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History of Buddhism in Tibet, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Kanjur Studies, Vinaya, Religions of Central Asia, Tibetan, Sanskrit. 

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4782
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  • Room: Room 343
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon 12-1 (343),Tues 2-5 (online by appointment)

Senior Teaching Fellows

Senior Fellow

Professorial Research Associates

Professor Michael J E Palmer
Professorial Research Associate, SOAS China Institute
Michael Palmer

Chinese Law & Society, Comparative Dispute Resolution, Chinese Family Studies, Chinese Legal Professions and Administrative Justice in China.

Research Associates

Mr Duncan Bartlett
Research Associate, SOAS China Institute
Duncan Bartlett

Editor & Presenter “China In Context” podcast (SOAS China Institute)

Analysis of news and current affairs from China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Formerly presenter of World Business Report on the BBC. 

Mr Jonathan Fenby
Research Associate, SOAS China Institute
Jonathan Fenby

History of modern China: end of the 19th century up to the present day.

Mr John Gittings
Research Associate, SOAS China Institute
John Gittings

US-China-Soviet relations; popular art and politics; Chinese perception of peace

Mr Nigel Inkster
Research Associate, SOAS China Institute
Nigel Inkster Research Associate

China's cyber power, intelligence and security policies and military modernisation

Dr Frances Wood
Research Associate
Frances Wood

Dunhuang studies, Chinese export paintings, Chinese domestic architecture, Chinese history, Chinese bibliography.

Visiting Scholars

Professor Chuang Men
Visiting Scholar, SOAS China Institute
Chuang Men

Research Area: The transition of foreign exchange and foreign trade control in China during the Cold War

Date of Appointment: April 2022 - March 2023

Dr Ruiping Ye
Visiting Scholar, SOAS China Institute
Ruiping Ye

Research area: Extradition to China

Date of Appointment: June 2022- September 2022