Dr Thomas Cliff

PhD. (Chinese Studies, Ethnography)
Research Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: + 61 2 6125 0152

Areas of expertise

  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Social Change 160805
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Visual Arts And Crafts Not Elsewhere Classified 190599

Research interests

China's Motor: Entrepreneurs and private enterprise. Family and lineage. 

Institutions: of production, market, and social order.

Charity: State structures and mobilisation. Non-state welfare and public goods. 

Experiences: of frontier settlement; of the Socialist State-Owned Enterprise.

Biography

Tom Cliff is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the School of Culture, History, and Language at the Australian National University. Tom is currently investigating non-state welfare and public goods provision in rural China.

The research is centrally concerned with charity "model" innovation and model dissemination.

In 2018, Tom's first book Oil and Water: Being Han in Xinjiang (Chicago University Press, 2016) won the Association for Asian Studies' prestigious E Gene Smith prize for Best Book on Inner Asia. 

Researcher's projects

Family, Enterprise, and Civic Duty in Contemporary China

Business-Local State Relationships in China (ARC DP140101289, with Andrew Kipnis)

Oil and Water: Being Han in Xinjiang

Current student projects

Stefanie Kam: Securitisation, Desecuritisation and Counter-Securitisation (PhD; Panel member)

Li Xiaoxuan: Imagining a Slower Life: Economic Slowdown and Successful Transnational Migrant Workers in China (MPhil; Panel member)

 

Past student projects

Alana Tolman: Social and Political Aspects of Bruneian Tertiary Education Policy (Hons)

Yuan Xiaoxi: The Influence of English on Modern Chinese through the 20th century (MAPS)

Lucy Zheng: Power of Language: Political Slogans, Cyber Censorship and Increasing Nationalism in 2010s China (MAPS)

Li Linshan: Lineage Groups and Modernity in Contemporary Southeast China (MAPS; Supervisor)

 

Publications

Projects and Grants

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Updated:  17 February 2019 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers