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The Australian National University

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

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)

 

Publications

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  15 December 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers