Key Speaker Bios
The following are Short Bios of Principal Speakers and Panellists.
Morris ALTMAN, Victoria University of Wellington
Paper: Chinese Economic Development in the Context of Institutional Endogenous
Growth Theory: Tight Labour Markets, Labour Rights and Sustainable Growth
Dr Morris Altman is Professor of Behavioural and Institutional Economics and Head of the School of Economics and Finance at Victoria University of Wellington. He is also Professor of Economics at the University of Saskatchewan where was Head from 1994 to 2009. Recently he was Elected Visiting Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University and was a Visiting Scholar, Stirling University in Scotland, and was an Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Professor Altman has published over eighty refereed papers on behavioural economics, economic history, methodology, and empirical macroeconomics and three books in economic theory and public policy, and has made close to 150 international presentations on these subjects. He has recently edited Handbook of Contemporary Behavioural Economics, comprised of original contributions to the field. He has also published Behavioural Economics for Dummies (Wiley) and Economic Growth and the High Wage Economy (Routledge). He is also researching endogenous technical change, the linkages between economic justice (human rights), power, and economic growth and development, altruism, ethics, and reciprocity in economic theory, and is conducting a major project in experimental economics examining the role of prices, incomes, and social variables in determining consumer demand. Dr Altman is Editor of the Journal of Socio--Economics (Elsevier Science) and former Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Psychology and many others.
Jun FU, Peking University
Paper:The Chinese model: An Institutionalist Analysis
Dr FU Jun is Professor of Political Economy and the Executive Dean of the School of Government at Peking University. Professor Fu holds B.A. from Beijing Foreign Studies University, LL.B. from the Foreign Affairs College, and M.A. and Ph.D. both from Harvard University. Professor Fu has had work experience covering government, business, and academia. Professor Fu is a Fellow of Young Leaders Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations (2003), a Fellow of the World Economic Forum (2004), a Provost’s Distinguished Scholar of the University of Southern California (2005), and a recipient of the New Century Excellent Scholar Award (2005) by the Chinese Ministry of Education. He has served, among others, in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tsinghua University, and as Member of the Listing Committee of Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and as Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Executive Council of UNESCO as we ll advisors/directors of several business and non-business organizations, including Ogilvy, Samsung, Aspen Institute Italia, Tsinghua University Foundation, Peking University Foundation, China Association for International Friendship Contact, and 2005 Committee. Dr Fu has also served on the editorial board of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and International Interactions. Professor Fu’s teaching and research focuses on the interplay between hierarchies and markets. He is author of Institutions and Investments: Foreign Direct Investment in China during an Era of Reforms (University of Michigan University Press, 2000), Antitrust and Competition Policy: Economic Theory, International Experience, and Implications for China (Peking University Press, 2004), and The Dao of the Wealth of Nations (Peking University Press, 2009).
Reza HASMATH, University of Melbourne
Paper: The Beijing Consensus: An Alternative Model of Policy or Hype?
Dr Reza Hasmath received his PhD from Cambridge University. He is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Melbourne. He has worked for various think-tanks, development agencies and NGOs in Canada, USA, UK, Australia and China, and was previously based at the University of Toronto. His recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and International Labor Review. He is the author of The Ethnic Penalty: Immigration, Education and the Labour Market, and A Comparative Study of Minority Development in China and Canada, and has edited The Chinese Corporatist State: Adaptation, Survival and Resistance, China in an Era of Transition: Understanding Contemporary State and Society Actors, and Managing Ethnic Diversity: Meanings and Practices from an International Perspective.
Wanxin LI, City University of Hong Kong
Paper: Environmental information transparency and implications for green growth in China
Dr Wanxin Li is Assistant Professor at Department of Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong and Tsinghua Graduate School at Shenzhen. Dr Li received her bachelor in precision instruments and Masters in economics from Tsinghua University. From Virginia Tech, she received her second Masters in statistics and Ph.D. in public administration and policy. She has in the past worked with Tsinghua University, the World Bank, OECD where she was, among other things, the author of the OECD 2009 report entitled “Eco-Page 3 of 7 Innovation Policies in the People’s Republic of China.” Dr Li’s research has been focused on incentives and behaviours of environmental stakeholders, and social development, quality of life, and happiness in China. Dr Li has published in The China Quarterly, Nature, Journal of Environmental Management, and Journal of Contemporary China, Children and Youth Services Review, Child Indicators Research, and one more currently under review by Journal of Development Studies.
Romie Frederick LITTRELL, Auckland University of Technology
Paper: Thick Face, Black Heart—Cultural Values, Utilitarianism and Moral Idealism in Chinese Management and Leadership Beliefs and Behaviour
Dr Romie F. Littrell is Associate Professor of International Business at Auckland University of Technology. He has taught business and management in Germany, Switzerland, China, and the USA, and as a Visiting Professor in India and Turkey. Since 1997 he has facilitated a global project studying the relationships between individual values and preferred managerial leader behaviour across national cultures. Before that, Dr Littrell had worked for several decades working as a systems engineer and computer integrated manufacturing specialist for UNISYS, Xerox, IBM, managing his own international IT trading company. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Research.
Chen LIU, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Paper: Projecting the Social Transformation of China: Nation Branding in the Crisis Communication
Dr Chen Liu is Associate Professor at the School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University. She is Director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies and Executive Director of China Association for Intercultural Studies (CAIS). Her research interests include cross-cultural studies and national image studies. She is the author of two books on national image studies of Asia television media and 22 referred journal papers on the presentation of national image of Asian countries. As the project manager, she has been working on a project, China’s Image and China’s Television Media, with funding from the National Social Science Foundation of China.
James H. LIU, Victoria University of Wellington
Paper: Are there culturally contingent forms of belief about authority, and to what extend do they provide psychological affordances for different models of ordering societies?
Dr James Liu is Professor of Psychology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Cross Cultural Research at Victoria University of Wellington. Professor Liu obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, and worked as an aerospace engineer for Hughes Aircraft in the mid-80s. He received a PhD in psychology from UCLA in 1992, did a post-doc at Florida Atlantic University, and has been teaching at Victoria University of Wellington since 1994. Professor Liu is author of more than 80 articles and has edited books on New Zealand Identities, Restorative Justice and Practices in New Zealand and Progress in Asian Social Psychology. He devoted considerable energy to establishing a bicultural psychology for Aotearoa/New Zealand that brings together Maori and European worldviews. He has been Treasurer and Secretary-General for the Asian Association of Social Psychology and been associated with its Executive since its inception.
Venkat RAMAN, Indian Institute of Management
Paper: Governance and the Challenge of ‘Social Management’ in China
Dr G. Venkat Raman is Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode in the area of Humanities & Liberal Arts in Management since. Dr Raman received a PhD degree from Peking University. After completing his doctoral studies, he worked as Business Development Manager for Essar Global’s Representative Office, Beijing, for two and a half years, and thereafter relocated to India to join IIM Kozhikode. Prior to this, he was enrolled in the integrated MPhil and PhD programme at the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and the Centre for Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong. His research interests include Chinese Government and Politics, India-China Relations, Government and Business.
Hong SHENG, Shandong University
Paper: Chinese Political Institutions in the Market Economy: Short Term Effects and Long Term Efficacy
Dr Sheng Hong is Professor at the Economic Research Institute of Shandong University, and Director of the Unirule Institute of Economics. Professor Sheng received his BA from People’s University of China in 1983, Masters and PhD in economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1986 and 1990 respectively. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago from 1993 to 1994. Professor Sheng is a leading member of the new institutionalist movement in research on Chinese economic growth and development. Since the early 1990s, he has been focusing on institutional economics, international political economy, and comparing and combining traditional Chinese culture and Western economic theories. His representative works include: Division of Labour and Transactions (1992), Transitional Economics of China (1994), Creating Peace Forever (1996), Seeking for a Stable Way for the Reform (2002), Governing a Large Country as Cooking Small Fishes: Institutional Economics on Government (2003), On Familism (2008), The Institutional Reason of the Financial Crisis in America (2010), and The Great Wall and the Coase Theorem (2010).
Zhiwei TONG, China East University of Political Science and Law
Paper: A Constitutional Law Interpretation of the Chinese Model
Dr TONG Zhiwei is Professor of Constitutional Law at China East University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai. Dr Tong has been Professor of Law at the Law School of Wuhan University, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Professor Tong is a leading scholar in constitutional law in China. His work concerns the Chinese legal system, law, state power and individual rights, constitutional order and the market. He is the author of Forms of State Structure, and Legal Rights and Constitutional Order.
Hui WANG, Tsinghua University
Paper: Rethinking the Dialectics of Autonomy and Opening
Wang Hui is Professor of Literature and History at Tsinghua University, Director of Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a leading scholar on China’s modern development and intellectual history. His main publications include The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (SDX Joint Publishing House, 2004), China's New Order (Harvard University Press, 2003), The Politics of Imagining Asia (Harvard University Press, 2011), The End of the Revolution (Verso, 2009), From an Asian Perspective: Narrations of Chinese History (Oxford University Press, 2010). Professor Wang is a leading member of China’s “New Left” movement and a past editor of Dushu, one of China’s most influential literary journals. In China’s New Order: Society, Politics, and Economy in Transition, Wang Hui offers a powerful analysis of China and the transformations it has undertaken since 1989, critiquing the country’s economic reforms, social polarization, and political corruption. He is also the author of The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity. In May of 2008, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world.
Shaoguang WANG, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Paper: Towards a More Secure and Equal Society？The Emergence of Social Policy in China
Dr Shaoguang Wang is Chair Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Changjiang Professor in the School of Public Policy & Management, at Tsinghua University, a senior fellow in Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Science at Chongqing University, and a non-official member of HKSAR's Commission on Strategic Development. He taught at Tijiao High School in Wuhan, China from 1972 to 1977 and at Yale University in the United States from 1990 to 2000. Professor Wang is a leading scholar on contemporary China. He researches and publishes in political economy, comparative politics, fiscal politics, democratization, and economic and political development in China and former socialist countries and East Asian countries. He is the author of Government and Market (in Chinese, Planning Press, 2000), The Political Economy of Uneven Development: The Case of China, State Capacity of China (in Chinese, Liaoning People's Press, 1993, and Oxford University Press, 1994, Regional Disparities in China (in Chinese, Liaoning People's Press, 1996)
Yiyan WANG, Victoria University Wellington
Paper: The Agrarian Question in the China Model: Jia Pingwa’s Nongmin Stories’
Dr Yiyan Wang is Professor of Chinese and Director of Chinese Programme in the School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University Wellington. Her publications focus on modern Chinese literature and culture, and she is the author of Narrating China: Jia Pingwa and His Fictional World’ (Rutledge 2006). She is also interested in modern Chinese intellectual history and Chinese diaspora studies. Her current research projects include: “Painting China Modern: an Intellectual History of Modern Chinese Art 1900-1930” and “Local Stories and National Identity: Competing National Narratives in Contemporary Chinese Nativist Fiction”.
Bin WONG, University of California, Los Angeles
Paper: Economic Development with Chinese Characteristics: Theories, Models, and Lessons
R. Bin Wong is Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the UCLA Asia Institute and Distinguished Guest Professor, Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences. Wong’s research has examined Chinese patterns of political, economic and social change, especially since eighteenth century, both within Asian regional contexts and compared with more familiar European patterns. Among his books, China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience (Cornell University Press, 1997) also appears in Chinese. His latest book, co-authored with Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe (Harvard University Press 2011) is expected to appear in Chinese, French and Japanese. Wong has also written or co-authored more than seventy articles published in Chinese, English, French, German and Japanese in journals that reach diverse audiences within and beyond academia. His scholarly articles include “Entre monde et nation: Les regions Braudelienne en Asie” in Annales HSS, (56.1 (janfev 2001): 5-42); “The Search for European Differences and Domination in the Early Modern World: A View from Asia,” American Historical Review, (107.2 (April 2002): 447-69). More popular essays appear in the Nihon keizai shimbun (Japan Economic Times) the Economic and Political Weekly (Bombay, India), and the Singapore magazine Global-is-asian where he published “States and Regions in East Asia and Europe: histories matter” in 2011.
Jason YOUNG, Victoria University Wellington
Paper: Breaking the China Mould: Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation
Dr Jason Young is Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. Jason is currently completing a book on the hukou institution and conducting research on the development of China-New Zealand economic relations post Free Trade Agreement with a particular focus on agricultural reform in China. He is a research associate of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre, member of the New Zealand Asian Studies Society and recipient of the Sir Desmond Todd Memorial Prize for the most outstanding PhD in Political Science or International Relations. His research interests include Chinese politico-economic development, the international relations of East Asia, and New Zealand-China trade and investment.
Feng ZHU, Peking University
Paper: China’s Unfinished Transformation and Implications to Its Foreign Policy
Dr ZHU Feng is Professor of International Relations at School of International Studies and Deputy Director of the Center for International & Strategic Studies (CISS), Peking University. Professor Zhu Feng began his undergraduate studies at the Department of International Politics at Peking University in 1981 and received his PhD from Peking University in 1991. Professor Zhu writes extensively on international relations of China and East Asia. He is a leading China expert and senior research fellow of the Center for Peace and Development of China. Professor Zhu Feng sits on a couple of editorial boards of several scholarly journals, consults independently for the Chinese government and the private sector, and comments frequently on television and radio and in the print media on Chinese foreign affairs and security policy. His recent books are Ballistic Missile Defence and International Security (Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Press, 2001), International Relations Theory and East Asian Security (Beijing: People’s University Press, 2007), and China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and Future of International politics (co-edited with Prof. Robert S. Ross, Cornell University Press, 2008).
Jianfei ZHU, University of Melbourne
Paper: A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains: Scale and Statehood for a Different Modernity
Dr Jianfei Zhu is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He studied architecture in Tianjin University and University College London, and is teaching design and history-and-theory subjects at University of Melbourne. His research centres on architecture and politics, ‘political space’ of dynastic Beijing, episodes of modern Chinese architecture, spatial analysis, and various topics in China-Europe/West comparison. He is the author of Chinese Spatial Strategies (Routledge, 2004) and Architecture of Modern China (Routledge, 2009), and the editor of Sixty Years of Chinese Architecture 1949-2009 (CABP, 2009) and two special issues of Time + Architecture (Tongji University, 2006, 2010). He has published more than sixty papers, including, “Criticality in between China and the West” and “Robin Evans in 1978” in Journal of Architecture (2005 and 2011).