My research examines China's role in shaping the international economic order. Drawing on rare Chinese archives and contemporary sources, it explores China's role in shaping the post-World War II international economic order and the historical origins of 21st-century Chinese projects such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Belt and Road Initiative.
I have been fascinated by Asia since I began learning Japanese at age 12. Receiving a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in 2007, I completed a Masters and Doctorate in Chinese Studies and International Relations, and undertook thrilling research into the newly declassified archives of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing. At the Australian National University, my research on China and Japan now straddles the divide between economics and security. Through my research, teaching, and engagement with Australian government departments, I am using my research to strengthen Australia’s understanding of the economic and security forces shaping the Asian region. I am also passionate about amplifying the voices of the many talented female scholars whose work is not always acknowledged in these fields.
I grew up in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, but now call Canberra home and have recently begun introducing my one year-old son to the joys of cycling around this beautiful city.
Skills & Expertise
- Chinese foreign, economic and security policy
- China-Japan relations
- Asia-Pacific security
- Australia-Northeast Asia relations
- Women in foreign policy & national security
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