Australia's China Knowledge Capability

Understanding current capacity and identifying future needs.

Australia’s capacity to engage effectively with China relies on robust, up-to-date and independent information, and the capacity of Australia’s higher education system to train personnel, conduct research and communicate evidence-based findings.

At present there are critical gaps in our understanding of the capacity of Australia’s universities to meet these needs. The project will survey Australia’s research and training capacity to effectively engage with and understand China at an important juncture in the relationship; and identify the knowledge needs of select stakeholders involved in the China relationship

Helping Australian governments, universities, industries and communities to develop informed engagement strategies, build on existing strengths, and address knowledge deficits.


  • Map Australia’s research and training capabilities in China studies.
  • Provide a survey of current and emerging knowledge requirements for select stakeholders.
  • Undertake a preliminary assessment of the capabilities needed to support a successful engagement strategy with China into the future.

Project team

The project is guided by an Advisory Group comprising experts from academia, business, and government. The Advisory Group is led by the Academy’s Vice President and International Secretary, Professor Louise Edwards FASSA FHKAH FAHA, formerly Scientia Professor of Chinese History at the University of New South Wales, Professor of Modern China Studies at the University of Hong Kong, and Director of the UTS China Research Centre.

 Advisory Group members:

For further information please contact the Project Director Cathryn Hlavka at


Australia’s China Knowledge Capability project is supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations. Australian Government logo and National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.