Global China Group

The WUN Global China Group (GCG) has been identified as one of WUN's Cross-Cutting themes. These themes intersect with all four Global Challenges and are seen as vital to understanding and addressing them. Cross-Cutting themes are selected based on identifed research strengths across WUN. 

The group brings together the significant expertise and resources in contemporary China studies from across the Worldwide Universities Network in a two-way understanding of and engagement with China. The main focus of the GCG is understanding China's social and economic development with sub themes in:

  • cultural change and economic development
  • food security
  • climate change
  • public health
  • higher education.

The GCG's academic program is led by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, serving as a bridge between Chinese and Western thought to provide a global perspective on the world's most populous nation. The GCG takes an interdisciplinary approach to China and incorporates the research strengths that exist in WUN across Chinese economy, society, social policy, politics, history, anthropology, literature, visual and performing arts, and religion to offer a broad view of China - both in terms of how China sees the world and how the world sees China.

Building upon the work of its predecessor, the WUN Contemporary China Centre, the GCG is developing strong linkages with government, NGOs and industry as well as with leading academic partners beyond the network to serve as a key knowledge partner on contemporary issues facing China and the world.   

The WUN Global China Group Strategic Plan 2015-17 outlines the objectives and strategies for the Global China Group.

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Steering Group

  • Professor Fanny Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Mr Iain Watt, The University of Western Australia
  • Professor Gordon Houlden, The University of Alberta
  • Ms Jia Wang, The University of Alberta
  • Professor Hans Hendrischke, The University of Sydney
  • Professor John Hearn, Worldwide Universities Network 
  • Associate Professor Grace Liu, Worldwide Universities Network (Primary Contact)

Professor Gordon Houlden, University of Alberta

Ms Jia Wang, University of Alberta

Professor Manying Ip, University of Auckland

Professor Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen

Professor Robert Bickers, University of Bristol

Professor Susan Kidson, University of Cape Town

Professor Fanny Cheung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Zhang Junsen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Thomas Krafft, Maastricht University

Ass. Professor John Osburg, University of Rochester

Dr Lucy Zhao, University of Sheffield

Professor Sabu Padmadas, University of Southampton

Professor Hans Hendrischke, University of Sydney

Mr Iain Watt, University of Western Australia

Professor Nolan Sharkey, University of Western Australia

Dr Jonathon Howlett, University of York

Professor Lin Ka, Zhejiang University

Professor Dong Hengjin, Zhejiang University

Professor Xu Xiaozhou, Zhejiang University 

Understanding Cultures

Public Health (Non-communicable Disease)

Cross-Cutting Themes

Global Higher Education and Research

Responding to Climate Change