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

    6009 Perth


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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
  • Local Governance
  • Social Capital

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Research Output 2010 2020

first generation

Book Review of Mapping the New African Diaspora in China (by Shanshan Lan, Routledge, 2017)

Tao, Y., 2019, In : Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration. 3, 1, p. 71-73

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Religious Diversity with Chinese Characteristics? Meanings and Implications of the Term ‘Religious Diversity’ in Contemporary Chinese Dissertations

Tao, Y. & Griffith, E., 10 Oct 2019, Religious Diversity in Asia. Borup, J., Fibiger, M. Q. & Kühle, L. (eds.). Laiden: Brill, p. 169-192 (International Studies in Religion and Society; vol. 34).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

earning a doctorate
Religious Diversity
1 Citation (Scopus)

Agitators, Tranquilizers, or Something Else: Do Religious Groups Increase or Decrease Contentious Collective Action?

Tao, Y., 10 Jul 2018, In : Religions. 9, 7, 12 p., 213.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Religious Groups
Collective Action
Comparative Study


Asian Studies Grant

Yu Tao (Recipient), 2020

Prize: Award

studies abroad