- Dr. Pál Nyíri
Pál is Professor of History from an Anthropological Perspective at the Free University, Amsterdam. Previously, he was the director of the Applied Anthropology programme at Macquarie University, Sydney. His latest books are Chinese in Russia and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2007) and, with Joana Breidenbach, Maxikulti (Campus, 2008). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mr. Johanes Herlijanto
Johanes is a PhD candidate at Department of Anthropology of Macquarie University, NSW, Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Art at Chinese Studies Program of University of Indonesia in 1996 and Master of Science in Sociology at Department of Sociology of University of Indonesia in 2002. Since 1996, he has joined Chinese Studies Program of University of Indonesia as a faculty member and is still attached to this
institution until now. In 2004, he was among the recipients of Asia Fellows Award, administered by Asia Scholarship Foundation, which enabled him to conduct a research on Chinese Women in Contemporary Malaysian Politics in Malaysia for the period of nine months. Johanes is currently conducting his fieldwork in Indonesia as a part of his PhD research which is under supervision of Dr Pal Nyiri and A/Prof Chris Lyttleton, both are from Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University. This fieldwork is enabled by the funding of Department of Anthropology, and International Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship (iMQRES).
- Ms. Li Yunxia
Yunxia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University. She holds a M.A in sociology and obtained M.Phil. in Anthropology at the University of Bergen in 2006, where she was gradually interested in ecological politics and resource management. Her undergraduate degree was in literature, and her research interests cover the issues of agriculture, gender, media, development and ethnic policy in China. Li’s early research mainly focused on gender and ethnic women’s health study in Yunnan China during this period she co-funded the Center of Gender and Ethnicity at Yunnan Nationalities University, at the same time she got involved in several projects at Yunnan Reproductive Health Center, Kunming Medical College, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Oxfam Hong Kong and Winrock International. Li also publishes several articles about the gender, women’s health and domestic education in Hani society. Meanwhile she works in northern Laos about the rubber planting on the land use and social relations within Akha communities.
- Dr. Chris Lyttleton
Chris is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has researched and published widely on health and development in Southeast Asia, most specifically on the topics of the social impact of HIV/AIDS and drug reduction programs in Thailand and Laos. Most recently his work has been in the Upper Mekong looking at public health vulnerability amongst minority ethnic groups in areas where rapid infrastructure development is taking place. He is currently working with research teams from Laos, China and Thailand on a 3 year study of the impact of mobility and HIV risk in border areas. He has also worked regularly as a consultant in HIV/AIDS and drug use prevention programs.
- Ms. Merriden Varrall
Merriden is a PhD student at Macquarie University’s Department of Anthropology, studying Chinese Foreign Aid Policy. Her background is in Australian Government policy-making, international aid and development, political science, and Chinese studies. She has a Masters of International Relations from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Social Inquiry/Communications and International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, with honours in Chinese studies. Some of her relevant work experience includes working with the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation in Beijing and the Australian Government Treasury’s Development Banks Unit in Canberra. Merriden is currently living in Beijing, undertaking the fieldwork for her PhD. She hopes to meet and get to know a range of Chinese policy actors, including academics, journalists and government officials in order to better inform her understanding of Chinese foreign aid policy.
- Ms. Zhang Juan
Juan is a PhD candidate with the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her doctoral research focuses on everyday cross-border business in China and Vietnam. She is interested in nationalism/transnationalism, Chinese modernity, and subjectivity. Ms. Zhang obtained her Masters at the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore in 2006. Her published work can be found in the journal of Field Methods, and in Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore (forthcoming in 2009).
- Dr Giles Mohan
Giles is a human geographer who teaches in an international development department. His work concerns the political economy of aid in Africa, focusing particularly on Chinese aid, trade and investment in West Africa. In May 2007 Giles received an ESRC grant entitled The politics of Chinese engagement with African ‘development’: Case studies of Angola and Ghana. He is also interested in the developmental impacts of the diaspora, based on both theoretical work and case studies of the Ghanaian diaspora in the UK and its linkages to Ghana. Giles is on the editorial boards of the Review of African Political Economy, Antipode, Political Geography, Geography Compass, and the International Development Planning Review. He has also acted as consultant to recent BBC productions African School, Indian School, Comic Relief and the Reith Lectures.
- Paulette Nonfodji
Paulette is researcher in the field of business anthropology at the VU University Amsterdam. The focus of her research is on the role of power and culture in the comeback of “old mega-projects” such as dams. Her fields of expertise cover China and Africa economic relations in general and most specifically the study of Chinese dam construction projects in Africa; Chinese state-run enterprises’ investments in bio-fuel in West Africa and broadly Chinese state-run companies’ foreign direct investment in Africa. Alongside her research, poetry is just one of those simple pleasures which embellishes her research activities and which she shares at: : http://simplyanotherwayofexpression.wordpress.com/