China Studies Research Centre Advisory Board

Professor Kent Anderson DVC (Community and Engagement), The University of Western Australia

Professor Kent Anderson is an international lawyer who specialises in comparing Asian legal systems. He has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in US, Japan, and the UK in Law, Politics, Economics and Asian Studies. He also worked as a marketing manager with a US regional airline in Alaska and as a commercial lawyer in Hawaii. Before joining UWA, Kent was Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and before that Dean of the then Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He started his academic career as associate professor at Hokkaido University Law School in Japan. Kent is on the National Library of Australia Council, New Colombo Plan Advisory Board, Board of Canberra Grammar School, and a variety of academic and community boards including the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).

Rowan Callick, China Correspondent, Beijing

Rowan Callick grew up in England, graduated with a BA Honours from Exeter University, worked in Papua New Guinea for 11 years then migrated to Australia, becoming a senior journalist for The Australian Financial Review for 20 years, including as China Correspondent out of Hong Kong from 1996 to 2000. He joined The Australian at the start of 2006, going straight to Beijing as China Correspondent until 2009, then became Melbourne based Asia-Pacific Editor. He returned to Beijing in March 2016 as China Correspondent for The Australian. He has won two Walkley Awards, for his coverage of Hong Kong then of China, has been Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year, and was in 2015 made an OBE on the recommendation of the PNG government for services to journalism. He is a regular member of the annual High Level Dialogue between Australia and China. He has written three China-focused books: "Comrades & Capitalists: Hong Kong Since the Handover," "Channar: A Landmark Venture In Iron Ore," and most recently "Party Time: Who Runs China and How," all with Chinese language editions.

Dr David Kelly, Research Director, China Policy, Beijing

China Policy is a Beijing based research and advisory company. David’s early IT training led to the development ofChinaBase, a bilingual software system specialised for tracking China’s policy realm. The system underpins the evidence-based research methodology at China Policy. With interests encompassing a sweep of issues affecting China’s domestic reforms and its strategic positioning, David leads the governance and law, and geopolitics teams at China Policy. He has a particular interest in the external impact of China’s governance model. David is concurrently a Visiting Professor at Peking University. He holds an honours degree in anthropology and philosophy and a PhD in Chinese studies from the University of Sydney. He has held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Chicago and senior academic positions in Australia, Singapore and China.

Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

Professor Dissanayake is the founding Director of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) at La Trobe University, established in 2008 as the first centre in Australia dedicated to research on Autism. She has been an autism researcher since 1984, when she began her PhD at Monash University. On completion she undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sigman lab at UCLA, and has established and led an active research program since joining La Trobe University in 1996. She is currently working with researchers at Nankai University and Tianjin Women’s and Children’s Health Centre in Tianjin to train medical professionals to identify risk signs of Autism in children between the ages of 12-24 months using Social Attention and Communication Surveillance (SACS) developed at La Trobe University. SACS is being incorporated into the 7-year Tianjin Women and Child Health Plan (2014-2020).

Professor Anthony McGrew

Professor McGrew is PVC, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanties, La Trobe University. He is also Director of the Confucius Institute, La Trobe University. Before joining La Trobe, Tony was Professor of Global Public Policy and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at Strathclyde University Glasgow. Prior to that he was Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. He has held numerous visiting appointments including positions at ANU, Trinity College Dublin and Chuo University, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Tony's research interests focus on the political economy of globalisation, international relations theory and globalisation, global governance and China's role in global institutions.

Professor John Makeham

Professor Makeham is Chair and Director of the China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University.