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Adj/Prof Timothy Wright

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Tim Wright is Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities, University of Western Australia.

From 2000 to 2009 he was Professor of Chinese Studies in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is currently Editor in Chief of the Chinese Studies module of the Oxford Bibliographies, in which there are more than 135 articles online, with that number continually being added to.

Key research
Tim Wright's research interests focus on the political economy and development of China, both before the 1949 revolution and in the contemporary period.
His major project is on economic fluctuations in Republican China, especially the impact of the 1930s world depression, and he has published articles on labour, on the regional economies of south-west and north-east China and on business-government relations in that context. He is currently working on issues of natural disasters and currency fluctuations in the economy of north-east China during the pre-war period.
A second current interest is in the political economy of economic reform in the contemporary Chinese coal industry. Most recently he has published several journal articles on the topic as well as a book on The Political Economy of Chinese Coal Industry: Black Gold and Blood Stained Coal with Routledge.
Other on-going research interests include Chinese business history (with an article on a major pre-war coal mining company) and Chinese historiography (on which he edited and introduced a book of Chinese articles on economic history).

The Political Economy of Chinese Coal Industry: Black Gold and Blood Stained Coal, (London: Routledge, 2011)

Coal Mining in China’s Economy and Society, 1895-1937 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984)

Edited Books

Sow-Theng Leong, Migration and Ethnicity in Chinese History: Hakkas, Pengmin and their Neighbors, edited by Tim Wright, with an introduction by G. William Skinner (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997)

The Chinese Economy in the Early Twentieth Century: Recent Chinese Studies (Macmillan, 1992)

Articles and Book Chapters

“Legitimacy and Disaster: Responses to the 1932 Floods in North Manchuria”, Modern China, 43.2 (March 2017): 186-216

“Rent Seeking and Surplus Seeking: Coal in China's Planned Economy”, pp. 381-409 in Wang Yuru (ed), Jingji fazhan yu shichang bianqian – Wu Chengming xiansheng bainian danchen jinian wenji (Economic development and market change – essays in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Professor Wu Chengming). Tianjin: Nankai daxue chubanshe, 2016

“A Economia e Politica da China desde 1949”, pp. 353-383 in Sun Lam, ed, A Herança de Confúcio: Dez ensaios sobre a China (Ribeirao: Ediçiõs Húmus, 2013).

(With Professor Ma Junya of Nanjing University), “Sacrificing local interests: Water control policies of the Ming and Qing governments and the local economy of Huaibei, 1495–1949”, Modern Asian Studies, 47.4 (July 2013): 1348-1376.

(With Professor Ma Junya of Nanjing University), ‘Industrialization and Handicraft Cloth: The Jiangsu Peasant Economy in the late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’, Modern Asian Studies, 44.6 (October 2010): 1337–1372.

‘Rents and Rent Seeking in China’s Coal Industry’, pp. 98–116 in Tak-wing Ngo and Yongping Wu (eds), Rent Seeking in China, London: Routledge: 2008

‘An Economic Cycle in Imperial China? Revisiting Robert Hartwell on Iron and Coal’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 50 (4) (2007): 398-423

‘State Capacity in Contemporary China: “Closing the Pits and Reducing Coal Production”’, Journal of Contemporary China, 16 (51) (2007): 173-194.

‘The Manchurian Economy and the 1930s World Depression’, Modern Asian Studies, 41:5, (September 2007): 1073-1112.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Future research
Continuing work on Chinese economic history
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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