Yu Tao

Dr, BA (Peking), MPhil (Cantab.), DPhil (Oxon.)

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 10 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

Personal profile


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, Dr Tao worked as a senior lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in England.

Dr Tao was trained as a political sociologist in Universities of Beijing, Cambridge, and Oxford, and his research primarily focus on the interaction between religious groups, civic organisations and local state agencies in contemporary Chinese society and overseas Chinese communities. In addition to his academic publications in reputable English and Chinese journals, Dr Tao has also published dozens of op-ed articles in newspapers, magazines, and online platforms.

Dr Tao welcomes proposals for doctoral research on contemporary Chinese society and politics, ideally with emphasis on state-society relations.

Roles and responsibilities

*Roles and Responsibilities*
-- Major Coordinator, Chinese Studies
-- Unit Coordinator, ASIA3003 (Social Issues in Contemporary China); CHIN2801 (Chinese Filed Study); CHIN3409 (Chinese 9 [understand Chinese politics]); CHIN3410 (Chinese 10 [understand the Chinese society])

contemporary Chinese politics and society // local governance // religious groups

Funding overview

-- Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange: Dissertation Fellowship
-- Political Studies Association: Overseas Exchange Grant; Early Career Member Event Grant

Previous positions

-- Senior Lecturer & Course Leader in Asia Pacific Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2016-17
-- Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2014-16
-- College Tutor in Contemporary Chinese Politics and Society, St Peter's College, University of Oxford, 2012-2014
-- College Tutor in Chinese for Academic Purpose, King's College, University of Cambridge, 2009-10




  • Government
  • Not for Profit
  • Education
  • Local government issues
  • Religion
  • Religion And Politics
  • China

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Research Output 2010 2018

Religion and Media in China (Review)

Yu, T. 28 Mar 2018 In : Religious Studies Review: a quarterly review of publications in the field of religion and related disciplines. 44, 1, p. 123-124 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Religious Affiliations of the Chinese Community in Australia: Findings from 2016 Census Data

Tao, Y. & Stapleton, T. 22 Mar 2018 In : Religions. 9, 4, 93

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

The historical foundations of religious restrictions in contemporary China

Tao, Y. 1 Dec 2017 In : Religions. 8, 12, 263

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Communist Party
Religious Groups
1 Citations

顶层设计、干部权威与越轨抗争: 对中国农村信访潮的再反思

Tao, Y., Hou, L. & Liu, M. Sep 2017 In : 公共管理学报 (Journal of Public Management). 14, 3, p. 73-86

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


East Asian Societies (Review)

Tao, Y. May 2016 In : Political Studies Review. 14, 2, p. 309-309 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


Runner-up, EACS Young Scholar Award 2014

Yu Tao (Recipient), 2014

Prize/award: Prize

studies abroad