China Centre Newsletter Archive - Trinity Term 2012

China Centre Newsletter - Trinity 2012

Welcome to the China Centre Newsletter Trinity 2012 Edition. 


  • We are delighted to announce that Dr Anna Lora-Wainwright has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship which will enable her to focus fully on her second monograph, ‘Living with pollution in rural China: an Ethnographic Perspective’. Building on research she began in 2007, the book will explore local experiences of pollution through two case studies in sites affected by intensive resource extraction and processing. It will look at how this form of development has shaped everyday life, and at how citizens have responded to it.


  • Weng Hekai, an Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History at Tsinghua University, has joined us for a year to pursue his research on “Harold Laski’s Political Ideas and British Labour Politics”.

Please contact the China Centre administrator if you are interested in getting in contact with any of these visitors. 



  • Prof Christine Wong organised the “Workshop on Reform of the Fiscal System”with Professor Bai Chong-En at the National Institute for Fiscal Studies, Tsinghua University, 20 October, 2011, Beijing.  The workshop was sponsored by the NIFS and and Boyuan Foundation.

Prof Wong has also presented the following papers:

  • “Reform of Public Investment Management in China:  Achievements and Challenges,” at the Tsinghua workshop and later at the First World Bank – Korean Development Institute Development Forum in Seoul, Korea, on 15 November, 2011.
  • “Paying for Urbanization: a Look at China’s Municipal Finance,” at a luncheon seminar at the Universities Service Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong, on 7 February;  a revised version was presented as a lecture at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, on 10 April.
  • “Reforming Public Finance for the Harmonious Society in China:  How Far across the River?”
  • Presentation in the SOAS Centre for Chinese Studies Seminars, 28 November, 2011;
  • Public lecture in the Century Outstanding Economists Forum, Renmin University, Beijing. 10 November, 2011.



internal events

  • The “Oxford Forum on China and the World Economy” will take place on May 9th at the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College. This event is being jointly organised by the Oxford Department of International Development and the Oxford University China Centre.
  • The Institute for Chinese Studies and the Contemporary China Studies Programme will be co-hosting weekly seminars every Thursday.  Please check the ‘Events’ section of the website for further details.


external events

  • Prof Jessica Rawson will be giving a key-note speech at Peking University on April 28th as part of the celebration of 90 years of the University’s Faculty of Archaeology and Museology. The title is “Early China and its Innovative Technologies: Some Archaeological Discoveries in a Comparative Perspective”.
  • Prof Christine Wong will present a public lecture on “Riding the Tiger:  Challenges of China’s Municipal Finance in the 21st Century” later this term at:
    • Peking University – Lincoln Institute Center on 9 May, Beijing;
    • Central China Normal University on 17 May, Wuhan; and
    • Glasgow China Lecture 2012 on 21 May, University of Glasgow.
  • Careers Fairs in Asia, September 2012

Working in collaboration with Cambridge University, Imperial College London and the London School of Economics, Oxford University will be hosting three Careers Fairs in September 2012.  Each will be attended by a variety of employers from different employment sectors. These events are an easy way for students and recent graduates to meet top western multi-nationals and local organisations who are recruiting into the region. 

  • Beijing Careers Fair
    Monday 3rd September 2012
    14:30 – 17:00, Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel
  • Shanghai Career Fair
    Wednesday 5th September 2012
    14:30 – 17:30, Ramada Plaza Hotel
  • Hong Kong Careers fair
    Monday 10th September 2012
    15:00-19:00, British Council

Student registration for these events will open in May 2012.  Further details can be found on



  • Oxford University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, will be travelling to Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo in May. He will be hosting alumni events in all three cities, including a Lecture in Hong Kong by Professor Russell Foster and a Celebration of Collaboration between the University of Oxford and China in the Field of Medical Sciences in Beijing, which will include presentations by some of Oxford’s leading academics. In China, the visit itinerary will also include meetings with key government and institutional partners, and the official opening of a new office for the Nuffield Department of Medicine’s Oxford University Beijing Science & Technology Co.
  • Peng Chun, a DPhil student and China Oxford Scholarship Fund scholar who is supervised by Dr Patricia Thornton and Prof Paul Craig, has been honoured as an “Outstanding Student Abroad” by the Chinese Government. For further details please click on this link.
  • In April, Oxford University Press published China’s Remarkable Economic Growth by John Knight and Sai Ding. The book is the result of four years’ research, funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust. For further details please click on this link.



Prof Christine Wong has two new publications in journals:

“Are Beijing’s Equalization Policies Reaching the Poor? An Analysis of Direct Subsidies under the “Three Rurals” (Sannong)” (with Wanlong Lin), China Journal, issue 67, January 2012.

“The Fiscal Stimulus Program and Problems of Macroeconomic Management in China”, OECD Journal on Budgeting, Volume 2011/3.


Dr Jan Knoerich has recently had a book chapter published:

Knoerich, Jan (2012). “The Rise of Chinese OFDI in Europe”In: Ilan Alon, Marc Fetscherin, and Philippe Gugler (eds.), Chinese International Investments (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan): pp. 175-211.




Marc Szepan is a doctoral student in the DPhil programme in Management Studies at the Saïd Business School and a member of Green Templeton College. He is co-supervised by Professor Mari Sako and by Dr. Eric Thun. Marc’s research broadly focuses on globalization strategies of emerging market firms with particular reference to China.

Prior to returning to school, Marc served as Senior Vice President, Airline Operations Solutions, at Lufthansa Systems AG, the IT services business segment of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. He ran a global aviation products and services business headquartered in Germany and comprised of over 650 software engineering and aviation professionals based in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and the USA.

Previously, Marc has also held leadership roles at Lufthansa Technik AG, the aircraft maintenance and engineering business segment of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, and at two other German Fortune Global 500 companies in Germany, the Philippines, and the People’s Republic of China, including General Manager of a Chinese-German joint venture.

He has served as speaker at aviation industry conferences and at academic institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA and as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Asia Quarterly, a journal of current affairs affiliated with the Harvard University Asia Center.

Marc earned a B.A. from Middlebury College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and an A.M. in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University where he received a Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award for excellence in an A.M. thesis.