Dr Wuna Reilly

MSc (London School of Economics), D.Soi.Sci. (University of Sydney)
Visiting Fellow, Australia Centre on China in the World
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 0405 462 342

Areas of expertise

  • Rural Sociology 160804
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Economic Development Policy 160505

Research interests

Wuna’s research focuses on rural society, sustainable development, and social welfare.  She is currently preparing a book manuscript based upon her doctoral thesis: Sharing the Land: Explaining the Endurance of China’s Collective Owned Land Regime (COLR).  Drawing upon archival research and extensive field studies across China, her research traces the origins of China’s rural collective owned land regime back to the 1920s, identifies the COLR’s key characteristics, and assesses its impact upon the relationship between rural Chinese society and the state.  Wuna is also conducting research applying conceptual history to study socialist rhetoric in China. 




Wuna Reilly is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) in the College of Asia and the Pacific.  She recently held a 6-month fellowship with the Centre for Rural Revitalization in the New Era Institute at Peking University. Wuna served as the China and North Korea Country Representative for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), based in China for 10 years.  She has extensive experience in leading rural development projects in socialist countries (China, North Korea, and Vietnam). She then undertook her MSc in Development and Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, followed by her doctoral studies at the University of Sydney.  During her fellowship at the ANU, Wuna will focus on publishing articles drawing upon her recent research, and on completing her book manuscript based on her doctoral thesis.


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