Associate Professor Sally Sargeson

BA (1st class Hons, Murdoch University medallist), PhD
Senior Fellow / Associate Professor, Department of Political & Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU.
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 9124

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Gender Specific Studies 169901

Research interests

Sally Sargeson's research interests encompass the political economies of development, urbanization, social class, land rights, gender and rural governance in China.


Career highlights include Dr Sargeon's appointment as Faculty member at ANU (2007), University of Nottingham (2003-2007), University of Western Australia (2002), Murdoch University (1996-2002); Visiting Professor, School of Public Affairs and China Academy of Rural Development, Zhejiang University (2015, 2013, 2006) and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (2008); Visiting Lecturer, University of Hong Kong (2002).

She has been awarded various competitive grants, including three large grants from the Australian Research Council; a Leverhulme Research Fellowship; and international grants from the Ford Foundation, British Academy, UK Universities' China Committee, Pacific Cultural Foundation, and Japan and Korea Foundations. She also is the recipient of several awards, including a Fulbright Postgraduate Research Scholarship to study at Harvard University, Australian Award for Research in Asia, Australian Institute of International Affairs prize, and the ANU Anthropology prize.


Researcher's projects

Agrarian change, China, 2015-2017

The politics of land development, China, 2012-2017

Women's political participation and representation in village governance, China,  2012-2017

Women's property rights and agency, 2008-2011

Gender and urbanization, China, 2006-2010

Reforming rural land rights, China, 2000-2005

Collective goods in Asia, 2000-2002


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