Dr Yu Tao is a lecturer in Chinese Studies in the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he teaches contemporary Chinese society and language and coordinates the Chinese Studies major. Prior to UWA, Yu was a senior lecturer and course leader in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where he taught area studies, development studies and social scientific research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Trained as a political sociologist in Beijing, Cambridge, and Oxford, Yu’s primary academic interest is to make sense of the social foundations and mechanisms underlying various political processes, with a special focus on China. Yu’s doctoral research in Oxford examines the heterogeneous correlation between religious groups and collective contention in Chinese villages through the perspective of ‘the varieties of social capital’. His DPhil was defended with no corrections in February 2015.
Yu is a former Dahrendorf Scholar at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and a former China Oxford Scholar at Merton College, Oxford. He is also a recipient of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. In addition to his academic publications in reputable English and Chinese journals, Yu has also published dozens of op-ed articles in newspapers, magazines, and online platforms.
- Company:The University of Western Australia
- Short Bio:Lecturer, Asian Studies