SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Taiwan Studies Staff

Professor Robert F Ash
Centre of Taiwan Studies Founder and Professorial Research Associate
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
Dr Dafydd Fell
Director of the Centre of Taiwan Studies
Dafydd Fell
Contemporary Taiwanese Politics: Elections, Parties, Democratization
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4206
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  • Room: 209
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm and by appointment

Dr Bi-Yu Chang
Deputy Director (Center of Taiwan Studies)
Bi-Yu Chang
Cultural politics; identity politics; spatial construction and cartographic representation; nationalism in Taiwan.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4508
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  • Room: 364
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 11am - 1pm
Professor Bernhard Fuehrer
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
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  • Room: 398
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm

Dr Ernest Caldwell
Member (CTS)
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)

Research Associates

Mr Chang Tieh-chih
Non Resident Research Associate
Chang Tieh-Chih

An influential Taiwanese writer who writes about politics, culture and music for major media in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and international media.

Chief Advisor, Business Next (A news media outlet focusing on technology, business and creativity)

Chief editor and Host of Talk to Taiwan (A weekly web-TV program on politics and culture, and has been featured in the Monocle magazine.)

Dr Ming-Yeh Rawnsley
Research Associate
Ming-Yeh Rawnsley

 A specialist in Chinese-language cinema (in particular Taiwan cinema) and the media and democratization in Taiwan

Professor Niki J.P Alsford
Research Associate
Niki Profile 2020

Professor in Asia Pacific Studies, Head of Asia Pacific Institutes at University of Central Lancashire

Visiting Academics