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Prof. Beibei Tang is Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of China Studies at XJTLU. She is also an Honorary Professor of China Studies Centre, University of Sydney. Before joining XJTLU in 2015, she studied and worked in China, UK and Australia. She obtained her PhD in Sociology from The Australian National University (ANU). She then worked at ANU from 2011 to 2015. She has undertaken extensive ethnographic research across different localities in China, with particular focuses on local governance, social stratification and state-society relations in urban China. She has published her research in high-impact journals such as The China Quarterly, The China Journal and Journal of Contemporary China. She is the author of Governing Neighborhoods in Urban China (Cornell University Press 2023) and China’s Housing Middle Class (Routledge 2018), the co-author of Class and the Communist Party of China, 1978-2021 (Routledge 2022), the co-editor of Suzhou in Transition (Routledge 2021), and the winner of the 2015 Gordon White Prize (The China Quarterly). She is a member of the editorial board of The China Journal and The China Quarterly.

Research interests

Social class, social stratification and mobility in contemporary China

Neighborhood governance and state-society relations in China

Urbanization in China

Deliberative democracy

Social science research methods


Professor of China Studies, XJTLU- 2022 to present

Honorary Professor, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney - 2022 to present

Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, XJTLU - 2020 to present

Head, Department of China Studies, XJTLU - 2017 to 2020

Deputy Head, Department of China Studies, XJTLU-2015-2017

Senior Associate Professor, Department of China Studies, XJTLU - 2018 to present

Associate Professor, Department of China Studies, XJTLU - 2016 to 2018

Lecturer, Department of China Studies, XJTLU - 2015 to 2016

Postdoctoral/Research Fellow, Australian National University - 2011 to 2015

Research Assistant, Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University - 2009 to 2010


CCS405 Chinese Society

CCS901 Understanding China

CCS104 China: Society and Development

CCS001 Introduction to Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences Learning Practices

Awards and honours

2015 Gordon White Prize (The China Quarterly).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Sociology. The Australian National Univeristy

MPhil in Sociology. University of Oxford

BA in Sociology. Wuhan University

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  • Staff


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