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Yu Tao

Dr Yu Tao

Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Asian Studies

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BA (Peking), MPhil (Cantab.), DPhil (Oxon.)
Dr Yu Tao is a lecturer in Chinese Studies in the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he teaches contemporary Chinese society and language and coordinates the Chinese Studies major. Prior to UWA, Dr Tao worked as a senior lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in England.

Dr Tao was trained as a political sociologist in Universities of Beijing, Cambridge, and Oxford, and his research primarily focus on the interaction between religious groups, civic organisations and local state agencies in contemporary Chinese society and overseas Chinese communities. In addition to his academic publications in reputable English and Chinese journals, Dr Tao has also published dozens of op-ed articles in newspapers, magazines, and online platforms.

Dr Tao welcomes proposals for doctoral research on contemporary Chinese society and politics, ideally with emphasis on state-society relations.
Key research
Trained as a political sociologist in Beijing, Cambridge, and Oxford, Dr Yu Tao’s primary academic interest is to make sense of the social foundations and mechanisms underlying various political processes, with a special focus on how religious and civic organisations engage in politics at various levels of contemporary Chinese society and overseas Chinese communities.
Dr Yu Tao is also an enthusiastic researcher and practitioner in evidence-based pedagogical innovations in higher education.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
*Roles and Responsibilities*
-- Major Coordinator, Chinese Studies
-- Unit Coordinator, ASIA3003 (Social Issues in Contemporary China); CHIN2801 (Chinese Filed Study); CHIN3409 (Chinese 9 [understand Chinese politics]); CHIN3410 (Chinese 10 [understand Chinese society])

-- contemporary Chinese politics and society
-- religious groups
Funding received
-- Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange: Dissertation Fellowship
-- Political Studies Association: Overseas Exchange Grant; Early Career Member Event Grant
-- Political Studies Association
-- European Association of Chinese Studies
Honours and awards
-- Runner-up, 2014 Young Scholar Award European Association for Chinese Studies, 2014
-- Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (The highest honour to overseas Chinese postgraduate students), 2014
-- Dahrendorf Scholar at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, 2013
-- Best Paper Award Young ECRAN China Researchers PhD Student Forum, 2011
-- China Oxford Scholar at Merton College, Oxford, 2010
-- Wing Yip Scholar at Churchill College, Cambridge, 2008
-- Excellent Graduate of the Municipality of Beijing (equivalence to Summa Cum Laude), 2008
-- National Scholarship The Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China (The highest honour to undergraduate students in the People’s Republic of China), 2007
Previous positions
-- Senior Lecturer & Course Leader in Asia Pacific Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2016-17
-- Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2014-16
-- College Tutor in Contemporary Chinese Politics and Society, St Peter's College, University of Oxford, 2012-2014
-- College Tutor in Chinese for Academic Purpose, King's College, University of Cambridge, 2009-10
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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