2019 Graduate Workshop on China in the urban age

September 5, 2018

Environmental challenges and eco-civilisation in China

Join a multidisciplinary discussion on China in the age of the Anthropocene.

The University of Sydney is organising the inaugural graduate workshop of the recently launched multidisciplinary research program on China in the Urban Age. The program will build a multidisciplinary approach to the study of China to stimulate a connection between the production of local knowledge and the global discussion on the environmental, social, engineering, health, cultural and governing challenges of urbanisation.

The first graduate workshop, aimed at any branch of the sciences, humanities and social sciences with an interest in sustainability, is devoted to China’s environmental challenge and eco-civilisation: a multidisciplinary approach to the Anthropocene. This is an initiative of the China Studies Centre in collaboration with the Planetary Health Platform at the University of Sydney.

Dates and location

The Graduate Workshop will be held at the University of Sydney between 14 and 18 January 2019.

Fees and scholarships

There is no enrollment fee for the graduate workshop. Participants will receive free accommodation. A number of scholarships will be available to help cover the cost of transport to Sydney (up to AUD $1500), relative to country of residence.


The workshop will bring together a group of international graduate research students and early-career researchers (up to five years post-PhD) whose interests are broadly related to the issue of sustainability in China, for five days of master classes, workshops and discussions led by a dozen leading international experts from diverse relevant fields.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Tony Capon Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney
  • Peng Gong Professor and Chair, Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University; Professor Emeritus, University of California Berkeley
  • Olivier Krischer Art historian, Deputy director of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • Pierre Landry Professor of Government and Public Administration, Director of the University Service Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Selina Lo Senior global health professional, consulting editor for The Lancet; CEO of Doctors for the Environment Australia
  • Anna Lora-Wainwright Professor, School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford
  • Sarah Swider Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
  • Luigi Tomba Professor of Chinese Politics, Director of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • Emily Yeh Professor of Geography, University of Colorado

How to apply

Please submit your application via our online form by 11.59pm (EST) on Monday 8 October 2018. Applications will be assessed on academic merit and the alignment of each applicant’s research interests with the themes of the workshop.


All questions regarding the Graduate Workshop should be addressed to the China Studies Centre.


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