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Research Staff: Research Fellows and Research Associates



Dr. CHAN Siaw Fume Sarah (陈晓芬)


Education Background
PhD (Economics), Nanyang Technological University, 2014

Master of Social Science (Applied Economics), National University of Singapore, 2001

Bachelor of Arts, National University of Singapore, 1996


Research Interests

International Economics


Development Economics

China and ASEAN+3 Economies (fiscal, monetary, external sector, exchange rate policies, etc)


Tel: (65) 6516 4337







Dr. CHEN Gang  (陈 刚)


Education Background
PhD (Contemporary International Relations), China Foreign Affairs University, 2006
MA (Contemporary International Relations), China Foreign Affairs University, 2001

BA (English), China Foreign Affairs University, 1998


Research Interests

China's Political Economy

Environmental Governance in China

International Relations

Transnational Cooperation against Climate Change



Dr. Chen Gang is Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore. Since he joined the EAI in 2007, he has been tracing China's environmental and energy policies and publishing extensively on these issues. He is the single author of China's Climate Policy (London and New York: Routledge, 2012), Politics of China's Environmental Protection: Problems and Progress (Singapore: World Scientific, 2009) and The Kyoto Protocol and International Cooperation against Climate Change (in Chinese) (Beijing: Xinhua Press, 2008). His research papers have appeared in internationally-refereed journals such as Asia Pacific Business Review, The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, The International Spectator, The Polar Journal, China: An International Journal, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, and The Journal of East Asian Affairs. He provides consultancy for the Singapore government on environmental and energy issues in East Asia. He is a member of the Association of Chinese Political Studies based in the United States. He is frequently interviewed by media such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNBC, the BBC, NHK, Channel NewsAsia and Xinhua News Agency. He sometimes gives lectures at the Business School of the National University of Singapore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, and Singapore Environment Institute. He helps the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to design the "Public Sector Risk Management" curriculum for MPA students. He is a member of the Global Emerging Voices program jointly sponsored by The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Stiftung Mercator, Torino World Affairs Institute and Australian National University. He has participated in various international research projects like the "EU-Asia Dialogue" co-funded by the European Union and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) of Germany and the Asian Energy Program sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He is now a member of the Association of Chinese Political Studies based in the United States.


     List of Publications


Tel: (65) 6516 4181






Dr. CHIANG Min-Hua (江敏華)


Education Background
PhD (Economic Science), Université Pierre Mendès France, 2008

DEA (International Political Economy), Université Pierre Mendès France, 2004

Master (International Business Economics), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 2002


Research Interests

Political economy of Asia-Pacific regionalism

Political economy of trade and investment

Economic growth and development

Global economic governance


Dr. CHIANG Min-Hua obtained her PhD. in economic sciences from Université Pierre-Mendès-France in Grenoble in 2008 (avec la mention: Très honorable avec félicitations). Before joining EAI, She had research appointments with the Institute of International Relations, Chengchi University (2009), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (2009-2010), Commerce Development Research Institute (2010-2011) in Taipei. She is managing editor for Bandung: Journal of the Global South. Her research interests are in trade, investment and issues related to economic growth and development in East Asia.


     List of Publications


Tel: (65) 6516 1673






Dr. DU Jun  杜 珺


Education Background
PhD (Economics), University of London, 2014

MSc (Economics), University of London, 2004

BSc (Economics), Nanjing University, 2003


Research Interests

Institutional Economics

Political Economy

Policy Study

Agricultural Economics

Growth Theory

China's agricultural policies

Sino-Japanese comparative policy study


Tel: (65) 6516 4177






Dr. KONG Tuan Yuen  康端严


Education Background
PhD of Industrial Economics, National Central University, Taiwan, 2009

Master of Political Economy, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 2003

Bachelor of Political Science, National Taiwan University, 2001


Research Interests

Economic Development

Southeast Asia International Relation

Political Economy

Industrial Economics

Corporate Management Strategy


Tel: (65) 6516 4180






Dr. LIM Tai Wei  林大伟

Adjunct Research Fellow


Education Background
PhD (Modern Chinese History), Cornell University, 2007
MA (Japanese Studies, IT Political Economy of Japan), National University of Singapore, 2001

BA (1st Class Hons) (Japanese Studies), National University of Singapore, 1999


Tel: (65) 6516 4357





Lim Tai Wei is Adjunct Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute (EAI) National University of Singapore (NUS). His teaching interests include East Asian History, World History and Japanese popular culture-related courses. His research interests include energy and environmental histories of contemporary Japan and China. He is an area study specialist (on contemporary China and Japan) and a historian by training.


     List of Publications





Dr. QI Dongtao  祁冬涛


Education Background
PhD (Sociology), Stanford University, 2009

MA (Sociology), Stanford University, 2003

MA (Sociology), Peking University, 2002

BA (Info Science & Business Mgt), Nankai University, 1995


Research Interests

Dynamic Relations Between State and Political Movements in China and Taiwan.

Changes in the Social Base of the Taiwan Independence Movement.

Chinese Peasants' Collective Resistance in Post-Mao Rural China.

Overseas Chinese and Taiwan Nationalism.

Democratic Consolidation in Taiwan.



Dr. Qi Dongtao obtained his double B.A. in information resources management and business management from Nankai University, M.A. in sociology from Beijing University, and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. His research covers both mainland China and Taiwan with a focus on social movements, nationalism, and state-society relations. He published a Chinese paper on peasants' political participation in rural China, a Chinese book chapter on the relations between social structures and individual political orientations, and edited a Chinese book on peasants, agriculture and rural society in the reform era. His paper on Losheng Sanatorium's Preservation Movement in Taiwan is forthcoming in a textbook for Chinese NGO leaders. He is now revising his dissertation chapters for journal publication. The dissertation, titled The Taiwan Independence Movement In Power: The Dilemmas of A Movement Government has a movement-government framework to explain why and how the DPP government gradually lost popular support from 2000 to 2008.


Tel: (65) 6516 3522







Dr. QIAN Jiwei  (钱继伟)

Education Background

PhD in Economics, National University of Singapore, 2010

M.Sc. in Development Economics, University of London, 2003

B.S. in Computer Science, Fudan University, 1998


Research Interests

Chinese Health System

Health Economics

Political Economy

Development Economics



Qian Jiwei obtained his B.Sc. in computer science from Fudan University, China and Development Economics from the School of Oriental Africa Studies, University of London. He got his Ph.D degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore.  His research interests include health economics, political economy and development economics.


Tel: (65) 6516 4178





Dr. SHAN Wei  单 伟


Education Background
PhD (Political Science), Texas A & M University, 2007
MA (International Politics), Peking University, 2000

BA (International Politics), Peking University, 1997


Research Interests

Citizen-Elite Relations

Political Attitudes and Behaviour

Political Development



Shan Wei received his BA and MA in International Studies from Peking University and PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the political behaviour of citizens and elite in the context of political and economic development. Topics he has covered include Chinese citizens' political participation, changes in political culture, mass-elite relations, political leadership, and factional politics within elite group. He is the co-editor of a book and the author of several journal articles and book chapters.


Tel: (65) 6516 4176






Dr. SHIH Hui Min  石惠敏

Adjunct Research Fellow


Education Background

PhD (Journalism & Communication), Tsinghua University, 2009

MBA, National University of Singapore, 2001

MBA, Nanjing University, 1999

Diploma in Business Management, Singapore Institute of Management, 1994

Diploma in Journalism, Shih Xin University, Taiwan, 1977


Research Interests

Media Managements

Journalism and Mass communication

Digital media

Creative industry     

Adult education


Dr. Shih Hui Min is Adjunct Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore. She has more than 30 years' experience in both electronic and print media management and the media production in Singapore and Asian countries. Her teaching and coaching interests include adult education, Journalism and mass communication.


     List of Publications


Tel: (65) 6516 3709






Dr. TSENG Hui-Yi  曾蕙逸


Education Background
Doctor of Juridical Science, University of Wisconsin, 2010

L.L.M., New York University School of Law, 2003

L.L.M., University of Cambridge, 2002

L.L.B., National Chengchi University, 2001


Research Interests

Chinese Anti-Dumping Regulations and WTO Trade Remedy Law

WTO Dispute Settlement Procedure

International Commercial Arbitration and Chinese Commercial Arbitration

Trade & Environmental Conflict in WTO Systems

Public International Law



Dr. Hui-Yi Katherine Tseng is a Research Associate in East Asian Institute.


After her master degree in Cambridge and NYU, she attended the WTO negotiation team for Taiwan Government. She thus delved into WTO dispute settlement scenarios, with a special focus on anti-dumping measures, and food safety issues in Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary scenario. International negotiation experiences opened her views and further strengthened the idea to explore fundamental questions like conflicts between trade and environmental interests in her doctoral studies. 


After obtaining her doctorate degree with UW-Wisconsin, Madison, she went to Beijing China and spent some time with The Beijing Arbitration Committee (2010, Spring), studying arbitration issues in current China. She then joined the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (2010, Autumn), and had a good chance looking at how states and private sectors worked to resolve their disputes. Subsequently, she joined the East Asian Institute around the end of 2010. These experiences greatly enrich her perceptions toward conflict management and dispute resolutions in international community, enabling her to see these issues from different angles rather than mere legal ones.   


Her research interests expand from international trade dispute resolutions in World Trade Organization to maritime conflict management and disputes resolution in East Asian areas. Currently, she is working on the research concerning maritime territorial issues involving China, ASEAN countries, and Taiwan. Eyeing the thriving events that rapidly change the political landscapes in the world map, Dr. Tseng hopes that her research and the coming book can help shed lights on certain new directions that have and will revolutionalize legal orders established by international law.


Tel: (65) 6516 1626






Dr. WAN Jing  万 静


Education Background
PhD (Economics), National University of Singapore, 2013
MA (Economics), Nankai University, 2006

BA (Mechanical Engineering), Tianjin University, 2003


Research Interests

The impact of substitution of monetary policy (inflation taxation) for fiscal policy (income taxation) on innovation, growth and welfare in an endogenous business cycle model.

The socially optimal path for the economy with business cycle, and explores whether the government can use inflation, subsidization, and taxation to obtain the social optimum.

The effect of different taxes and redistribution on wealth inequality.


Tel: (65) 6516 4338






Dr. YU Hong  余 虹


Education Background
PhD (Political Economy of China), University of Sheffield
, 2008

MSc (Political Economy of East Asia), University of Sheffield, 2005

MSc (International Business Management), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2004

Bachelor in Finance, Guangdong University of Finance & Economics, 2003


Research Interests

Regional Development in China, The Railway Sector Reform in China, Chinese Industrial Development, China's State-Owned Enterprises, Urbanization and China's New Silk Road Strategy



Dr Yu Hong is a research fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. His research articles have appeared in peer-reviewed international journals such as Journal of Contemporary China; China: An International Journal; East Asia: An International Quarterly; The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies and Asian Politics & Policy. He is the author of the book Economic Development and Inequality in China: the Case of Guangdong (Routledge, London and New York: 2011). He co-edited the book China's Industrial Development in the 21st Century (World Scientific, Singapore: 2011). His most recent book is Chinese Regions in Change: Industrial Upgrading and Regional Development Strategies (Routledge, London and New York: 2015). He is also the author of several book chapters.


Tel: (65) 6516 7810








Dr. ZHOU Zhihua  周志华

Education Background

PhD (Housing Development Analysis), University of Sheffield, 2010

MSc (Development Economics), University of Sheffield, 2005


Research Interests

Policy Research on Housing-related issues in political, economic and social contexts in Contemporary China.

Measuring the performance of sustainable Construction in China.

Comparative Analysis on the institutional changes in housing under different regimes: cases in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.


Dr. Zhou's research mainly focuses on the build environment in the East Asian context, including land use management and urbanization, housing tenure and real estate economics, urban regeneration and heritage conservation, sustainable construction and environmental governance, and so on.


Tel: (65) 6516 3903





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