Contemporary China Centre

Contemporary China Centre

Project leader(s)

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 (PSC). PSC academics who specialize in China and thus are members of the Centre include Tamara Jacka, Andrew Kipnis, Sally Sargeson, Luigi Tomba and Jonathan Unger. Long-term Visiting Fellows include Anita Chan, a sociologist who conducts research on Chinese labour relations; Robert Miller, a political scientist who specializes in eastern Europe; and Peter Van Ness, who specializes in international relations.

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...

Tamara Jacka

Tamara Jacka is a feminist scholar, whose main research interests are in gender and rural-urban inequalities, rural-urban migration and social change in contemporary China. She is the author of...

Dr Robert MIller

Born in Boston, MA, USA, 10/12/1932; educated at US Coast Guard Academy; Northeastern University (Electrical Engineering); BA from University of Michigan (History and Government), Ann Arbor, Mich...

Dr Sally Sargeson

Biographical statement

Sally Sargeson’s research is motivated by an enduring interest in the political and social construction of capitalism in China. She currently is examining...

Professor 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...

Contemporary China: Society and Social Change

Contemporary China: Society and Social Change

China's rapid economic growth, modernization and globalization have led to astounding social changes.

The China Journal Vol 59

The China Journal is a cutting-edge source of scholarship, information and analysis about China and Taiwan. TCJ has published informed and insightful commentary from China scholars worldwide and stimulated the scholarly...

The China Journal

Now published with University of Chicago Press!

The China Journal is a cutting-edge source of scholarship, information and analysis about China and Taiwan. TCJ has published informed and insightful commentary from China scholars worldwide and stimulated the scholarly debate on Contemporary China for more than thirty years. With its reputation for quality and clarity, the journal has proven itself instrumental to instruction and research about one of the most significant regions in the world. Interdisciplinary in scope, TCJ provides deep coverage of important anthropological, sociological, economic and political science topics.

A top-ranking journal in ‘Area Studies’ by the annual Thompson-Reuters Journal Citation Report ®, TCJ boasts an impact factor of .826, and has held the no. 1 position in its category for two of the past five years.

In addition to a wide range of articles, TCJ also publishes high-quality book reviews of recent books published on modern China.

The first and irreplaceable journal to consult for innovative scholarship and substantive book reviews.

Deborah Davis Yale University

Previous issues

An index of articles published in previous issues of the Journal can be accessed through the Author index [PDF,277kB] or the Topic index [PDF, 453kB].

Back issues of the Journal (Nos 7, 10, 12 to 15, 17, 22 and 24 to 44) are available in printed form from the Contemporary China Centre. See subscriptions for further information.

It should be noted that up until Issue 34 (July 1995), the Journal was known as The Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs.

Articles appearing in the Journal are abstracted or indexed in Political Science Abstracts, Asian Business Contents, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences Citation Index, Research Alert, Historical Abstracts, Australian Public Affairs Information Service, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, Bibliography of Asian Studies, America: History and Life, World Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology Abstracts, International Political Science Abstracts, Geographical Abstracts: Human Geography, International Development Abstracts, GEOBASE, International Bibliography of Literature (IBZ) and Public Affairs Information Service.


Subscriptions and renewals of subscriptions can be done through the University of Chicago Press by any of the following methods:

Contemporary China Books

The Contemporary China Centre has since 1970 produced Contemporary China Books - a series of books and monographs that reflect the Centre’s emphasis on scholarly social-science analysis of post-1949 China.

Contemporary China Books aim to present some of the research being carried out both in Australia and overseas on modern China, a subject of profound significance in international relations and one that stimulates lively interest and debate.

In 1991 the Centre began a publishing arrangement with M.E. Sharpe, New York, commencing with issue No. 20.


Vols 1 to 19 are available from: The Contemporary China Centre

Vols 20 onward are available from:

  • M. E. Sharpe, Inc. 80 Business Park Drive Armonk NY 10504 USA
    Ph: +1 914 273 1800 Fax: +1 914 273 2106
  • DA Information Services 648 Whitehorse Road Mitcham VIC 3132 Australia
    Ph: +61 3 9 873 4411 Fax: +61 39 873 5679

Contemporary China Centre
c/o Jonathan Unger
Department of Political & Social Change
Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Hedley Bull Building
130 Garran Road
Acton ACT 2601 Australia

+61 2 6125 4157


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Anita Chan

Jonathan Unger

Assistant Editor

Janelle Caiger
+61 2 6125 4155 (mornings only)

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