Professor Jane Golley

BEc (ANU), Mphil, Dphil Economics (Oxford), Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Director, Australian Centre on China in the World
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Economic Development And Growth 140202
  • Urban And Regional Economics 140218
  • Labour Economics 140211

Research interests

Jane specialises in the Chinese economy, doing applied research on a wide range of development and transition issues. Past research has covered: regional development and inequality; household consumption and carbon dioxide emissions; rural-urban migration and urbanisation; gender imbalances and economic growth; inter-generational transmission of education outcomes; and Socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

Recent research interests include Inequality of Opportunity in education, income and health; modelling the global impacts of deteriorating Sino-US and Sino-Australian relations; and the Geoeconomics of the Belt and Road Initiative.


Associate Professor Jane Golley is an economist and Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at The Australian National University (ANU). Jane is an ANU graduate (BEc, Hons, 1993). Jane's life-long interest in China began with a brief stint in the Asia Section of the Australian Commonwealth Treasury in 1993, before she left for the University of Oxford, where she wrote her Dphil thesis on 'The Dynamics of Chinese Regional Development: Market Nature, State Nurture'.

As a 'Sino-economist', Jane's research over several decades has covered a wide range of Chinese transition and development issues, including industrial agglomeration and regional policy; demographic change and economic growth (such as the economic impacts of the one- and two-child policies, and rising gender imbalances); rural-urban and gender inequalities in education and income; Socialism with Chinese characteristics and the Belt and Road Initiative, and China's growing geoeconomics capabilities.

Jane has taught the Masters-Level Chinese economy course at the Crawford School since 2016. She is actively engaged with politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats and the media in public policy debate regarding China's rise and the Australia-China relationship. She has been a co-editor of the China Story Yearbook series since 2016, including the latest edition, Power, published in 2019, and a chapter contributor to the book series since it began in 2012. Jane is now the President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, and an Executive Member of the Australia-China Business Council (ACT).

Current student projects

Chinese rural development: migration, income and health inequality

Regulation of Chinese FDI in Zambia

Gender issues in Chinese labour markets

Nature and Performance of Chinese State-owned Enterprises




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