Media and international relations - Ming-chin Monique Chu

My most recent research project exploring this theme started in May 2012 when I joined a group of media scholars in my capacity as one of the co-principal investigators to explore the way in which Asian and Western media had developed strategies to penetrate China’s market in order to overcome political and cultural barriers as part of their global expansion. The case studies include the Financial Times, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the China Times, the United Daily News, etc.

Impact of globalization on security: case of semiconductors - Monique Ming-chin Chu

The impact of globalization on security has fascinated me as a research topic since my PhD days at Cambridge. In my thesis-turned book by Routledge, The East Asian Computer Chip War, I examine the impact of semiconductor production globalization on interstate security relations by focusing on an understudied case, namely the migration of the Taiwanese chip sector to China, and the security implications of this migration for US-China-Taiwan relations.

Languages, Media and Politics: Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Discourse Analysis

Funded by CEELBAS research project grant (£5000) and Oxford Social Sciences DTC (ESRC-funded) grant (£1300), and resulted in the international research workshop “Languages, Media and Politics: Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Discourse Analysis”, organised by Dr. Pleshakova and held at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, September, 2013

Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance: ESRC: Oct 08 - Sep 13

The ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) is based in Oxford and Cardiff Universities. It is multi-disciplinary, with staff and associates from most branches of the social sciences.  Its central aim is to examine the links between the acquisition and use of skills and knowledge, product market strategies and performance (measured in a variety of ways).

Further information on the Oxford University Department of Education website.

Languages of Informality


Dr Nicolette Makovicky has been awarded a CEELBAS network grant of £2500 for two, one-day, interdisciplinary workshops. These workshops, which will be co-organised with David Henig (University of Kent), will bring together scholars from CEELBAS institutions, policy makers and representatives of third sector organizations to the debate linguistic, literary, and analytical aspects of informal economic practices across the contemporary post socialist Eurasia. These practices include networking, favouritism, clientelism, bribery, and corruption.

Youth, Livelihoods and Violence in Nigeria

Agaba masquerade performance, 2003.

This project conducted by Dr David Pratten has explored inter-generational tensions and the mobilization of youth as a political category in southern Nigeria. Its focus has been to document the livelihoods and modes of sociality among young men in order for us better to understand the reported ‘crisis of youth’ on the African continent. In the course of the research new perspectives have been examined in relation to vigilantism, cults and masquerade.