Current Research

I research aspects of social relations and organization in mainland China. In particular I am interested in
    (i)      guanxi, its modes of governance and regulation and the ways in which it adapts                 to changing societal circumstances; 
    (ii)     family structure, including the way it changes as a consequence of internal                        migration; 
    (iii)    patterns and processes of inequality, especially related to privileged access to                     political resources.

I have a continuing research interest in Max Weber's sociology. The current focus is Weber's sociology of religion.


I will supervise PhD students in any area of study incorporating aspects of my current research interests and related themes in the sociology of China, sociological theory, and economic sociology.