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Ivan Franceschini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, and at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. A graduate of Venice University, from 2006 to 2015 he lived in China, where he worked as a journalist and as a consultant in the field of development cooperation. His research focuses on labour and civil society in China and Cambodia, but he is also interested in Chinese modern history and literature, as well as literary translation. He has published several books related to China, on topics ranging from human trafficking to digital activism, from labour struggles to civil society. He is also the co-director of the documentaries Dreamwork China (2011) and Boramey: Ghosts in the Factory (forthcoming in 2021). Currently, he is researching the social impact of China's presence in Cambodia. He is the founder and co-editor in chief of the open access quarterly Made in China Journal and the co-creator of The People's Map of Global China.

Research interests

  • Labour rights and the ideology of labour reform in China
  • Labour activism and class formation
  • Chinese and global civil society
  • Chinese modern history
  • Labour policies and worker activism in Cambodia
  • Global China

Expertise Areas

  • Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
  • Social Change
  • Studies of Asian Society
  • Labour Law
  • Law and Society


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