Democratic responses to populist challenges

Four authors of four new books reflect on how opposition parties, activist groups, global institutions and new political alliances contest the rise of the...

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Philadelphia July 25, 2016. Protesters marched from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center

Supporting democratic values and institutions in Southeast Asia

DFAT has doubled the funding on a wide-ranging research project by PSC to explore how domestic political concerns in Southeast Asian countries are impacting...

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Shedding light on the Vietnamese LGBTIQ+ movement

As a recipient of the Ben and Melinda Tria Kerkvliet Southeast Asia Research Award, Huyen Truong has been able to further her research into the LGBTIQ+...

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Huyen Truong

'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'

Join us for the launch of two books: 'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties: The Case for Electoral System Redesign in the Philippines' edited by Professor Paul...

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'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'

Changing immigration stance in focus at 2019 Japan Update

Leadership in a time of uncertainty - 2019 Japan Update

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Japan Update 2019

The ANU Department of Political and Social Change is a leading centre for the study of Asian politics and society. We have considerable depth of expertise on the political and social dynamics of the countries of Asia, in particular Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Korea and China, including the highest concentration of academic staff and PhD students specialising in Indonesian politics outside of Indonesia itself. Academic specialisations include democratisation, national and local politics, gender, conflict and conflict resolution, religious politics and political theory.

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Kirsten Sellars

Kirsten Sellars

Dr Kirsten Sellars is Visiting Fellow at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. Her research focuses on public international law — especially the law of the sea, the law...

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Jonathan Unger

Professor Jonathan Unger holds a PhD in Sociology, and his research interests include social stratification in China; rural Chinese social, political and economic change; urbanisation; workers and factory life;...

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David Gilbert

David Gilbert is a PhD candidate researching ways in which regulation bear on gender and sexuality in Yangon everyday life. Before coming to the ANU, David worked in education and civil society development in...

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Anita Chan

Anita Chan

Biographical Statement

Anita Chan was born and educated in Hong Kong. She received her first degree at the University of Hong Kong and Masters degrees at York University (Toronto) and the School of Oriental and...

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Ivan Franceschini

Ivan Franceschini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change and at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. A graduate of Venice University, from 2006 to 2015 he lived in...

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Contemporary China Centre

The Contemporary China Centre was set up in 1970 at The Australian National University as a research facility concerned with scholarly social science analysis of post-1949 China. In 2010, the Centre merged with the Department of Political & Social Change.

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