Research

Oxford is engaged in a number of continuing projects and research collaborations that cover various aspects of China's society, politics, economy and environment, as well as various aspects of China's traditional culture, history and philosophy.

The research projects showcased on this page include initiatives by the faculty members as well as projects initiated and supported by graduate students.

  • Legal Ideology in   Tibet: Politics, Practice, and Religion
    Legal Ideology in   Tibet: Politics, Practice, and Religion
    Fernanda Pirie and Charles Manson are examining texts, ideas, and ideologies in their social contexts. They are tracing the different sources and strands of legal thought, exploring tensions between them and attempts by Tibetan writers, many of whom were religious scholars, to reconcile religious, ethical, and jurisprudential ideals.
  • Sounding Islam in China: a multi-ethnographic study
    Sounding Islam in China: a multi-ethnographic study
    A project run by Maria Jaschok, Rachel Harris (PI) and Ha Guangtian, which uses methodologies of ethnomusicology and sensory anthropology to map the Islamic soundscapes of contemporary China.
  • Barend ter Haar's Book Projects on Traditional China
    Barend ter Haar's Book Projects on Traditional China
    Current book projects on Guan Yu, witch persecution in China and a general history of China in English.
  • Interpreters in 18th and 19th century Europe and China
    Interpreters in 18th and 19th century Europe and China
    Professor Henrietta Harrison's project aims to create a joint biography of Li Zibiao (李自標, Jacobus Ly), who was the interpreter for the first British embassy to China in 1793, and George Thomas Staunton, the twelve-year old son of Macartney’s secretary George Leonard Staunton.
  • Juxtapose: Studying Contemporary India and China Together
    Juxtapose: Studying Contemporary India and China Together
    Juxtapose is a multi-faceted project aiming to create new approaches to comparative works on India and China, incorporating diverse perspectives to stimulate fresh contributions to the academy and beyond.

Research Highlights

  • Gordon Barrett gives paper on Chinese International Science and the Cultural Cold War

    Gordon Barrett gives paper on Chinese International Science and the Cultural Cold War

    Gordon Barrett recently gave a paper on ‘Chinese International Science and the Cultural Cold War’ at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.Read More »
  • FORHEAD publishes report on Air Pollution in China

    FORHEAD publishes report on Air Pollution in China

    In Nov 2018, the Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD) released its report Air Pollution in China: an Interdisciplinary Perspective. It provides an analysis of the current state of air pollution in China, the drivers and sources of pollutants, the scientific challenge in understanding air pollution and its health …Read More »
  • FORHEAD holds its 10th Anniversary Conference in Beijing

    FORHEAD holds its 10th Anniversary Conference in Beijing

    The Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD), of which OSGA’s Dr Jennifer Holdaway is co-Director, held its 10th anniversary conference at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 8-10 November. This year’s conference brought together natural, medical and social scientists as …Read More »
  • Rosemary Foot publishes article in International Affairs

    Rosemary Foot publishes article in International Affairs

    Rosemary Foot has published an essay on China in the latest edition of International Affairs, January 2019, 95(1): ‘Remembering the Past to Secure the Present: Versailles Legacies in a Resurgent China’.Read More »
  • Miriam Driessen publishes essay in the Financial Times

    Miriam Driessen publishes essay in the Financial Times

    Miriam Driessen published an essay, titled ‘The Restless Earth,’ in the latest issue of the FT Weekend (15/16 December). The online version of the essay, titled ‘The fight for survival in China’s abandoned rural towns,’ can be found here.Read More »
  • Ros Holmes wins the BACS Early Career Researcher Prize 2018

    Ros Holmes wins the BACS Early Career Researcher Prize 2018

    Ros Holmes, Associate of the China Centre, has won the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)  Early Career Researcher Prize 2018 for her essay ‘Bad Citizens and Symbolic Subjects: Wang Jin, Zhou Tiehai and the Art of (In)Civility’. The prize was won in 2016 by Pamela Hunt,  currently a Leverhulme Early Career …Read More »
  • Hamsa Rajan’s talk for the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionaly Anthropology

    Hamsa Rajan’s talk for the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionaly Anthropology

    Hamsa Rajan gave a talk via Skype at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, on 8 October.  Her talk, entitled ‘Cultural Differences and Fieldwork’, was part of the Institute’s Gender Inequality Symposium, held to discuss gender inequality in academia.  Hamsa Rajan’s talk covered questions of cultural …Read More »
  • Pamela Hunt and Miriam Driessen publish in The Cosmopolitan Dream

    Pamela Hunt and Miriam Driessen publish in The Cosmopolitan Dream

    Pamela Hunt and Miriam Driessen both published a chapter in The Cosmopolitan Dream: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age (HKUP, 2018), edited by Derek Hird and Geng Song. The edited volume explores both the representation and enactment of transnational Chinese masculinities. Pamela’s chapter is titled ‘Global and Local Phallic Creativity: Intertextuality …Read More »
  • Matthew Erie publishes article in American Society of International Law Insights

    Matthew Erie publishes article in American Society of International Law Insights

    Matthew Erie has published ‘The China International Commercial Court: Prospects for Dispute Resolution for the “Belt and Road Initiative”‘ in the American Society of International Law Insights (Vol. 22, Issue 11). Please see here.  Read More »
  • Matthew Erie awarded ERC Starting Grant of €1.5 million

    Matthew Erie awarded ERC Starting Grant of €1.5 million

    Dr Matthew Erie, Associate Professor of the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant of €1.5 million for his project, ‘Illiberal Law & Development: China and the World.’ The ERC bestows the Starting Grant to promising early-career researchers with two to …Read More »