Politics and International Relations

Graduate Student

Degree Course: DPhil in Politics

Supervisor: Associate Professor Patricia M. Thornton

Email: yu.tao [AT] politics.ox.ac.uk

Website: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~mert2799/

Mr Yu Tao

Research Topic: Enemies of the State or Friends of the ‘Harmonious Society’? Religious Groups and Collective Protests in Contemporary Rural China

Academic Profile

Yu Tao is a DPhil candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations in the University of Oxford. He is also a member of St. Antony's College.

Yu is interested in the roles that religious groups play in the local politics of transitional polities. His doctoral research project looks at the relationship between religious groups and collective protests in contemporary Chinese villages. This mixed methods research aims to illustrate a complex yet clear picture on how religious groups collaborate and conflict with local states. It involves both quantitative statistical analyse on data collected through a national survey and qualitative comparative case studies in up to eight Chinese villages.

In addition to his doctoral project, Yu is a great fan of research on state-society relations, intermediary social groups, the meaning of role models in modern China, and innovative marketing strategies of states, international reigns, and NGOs. He is also fascinated by the puzzling relationship between disciplinary studies and area studies, especially the relationship between political science and China studies. Please find out more about Yu through his personal website.

Areas of Specialisation

state-society relations, politics of China, roles of religious groups and other intermediate organisations in contentious politics, the relationship between disciplinary studies and area studies (especially, the relationship between political science and China studies)

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Tutor for undergraduate students, University of Cambridge, 2009-2010

[giving tutorial sessions on Chinese politics and Chinese language]

Awards

T. D. Allman Scholarship, St Antony's College, Oxford, 2012.6 & 2011.6 (twice).

Departmental Scholarship, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, 2011.10.

ECRAN Best Paper Award for Young China Researchers, for “A Solo, a Duet or an Ensemble? Analysing the Resent Development of Religious Communities in Contemporary Rural China”, paper presented at 4th International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Studies, Nottingham, September 11-13, 2011.

China Oxford Scholarship, China Oxford Scholarship Fund, 2010.10.

Wing Yip Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2008.10.

Outstanding Graduate, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, 2008.7.

The National Scholarship, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, 2007.12 (The National Scholarship is only awarded to particularly outstanding undergraduate student in China).

Daiwa Securities Group Scholarship, Peking University, 2006.11.

Tung OOCL Scholarship, Peking University, 2005.11.

Books

[Book Chapters]

Tao Yu and Mingxing Liu. forthcoming. "Double Acceptance and Overlapping Authorities: Understanding the Relationship between Rural Associations and Collective Protests in Contemporary Rural China." In Research on the Politics of Petitioning in China, ed. X. Tang. Shanghai: Academia Press. [in Chinese]

Tao, Yu, Mingxing Liu, Yongdong Liu and Ran Tao. forthcoming. "An Analysis on the Organisational Structures and Functions of Rural Associations." In Dynamics of Social Structure and Social Management in Contemporary China, ed. P. Li. Beijing: Economy and Management Publishing House. [in Chinese]

Tao, Yu and Mingxing Liu. 2013. “Intermediate Associations, Grassroots Elites and Collective Petitioning in Rural China.” In Elites and Governance in China, eds. X. Zang and J. W. Kou. London: Routledge, 110-135 (Chapter 7).

Papers

Liu, Mingxing, Yongdong Liu, Yu Tao and Ran Tao. 2010. "The Development of Rural Associations, Disputes Mediating and Collective Petitions in Rural China." Sociological Studies 2010(6): 178-200. (In Chinese)

Online publications

Tao, Yu. 2012. "A Solo, a Duet or an Ensemble? Analysing the Recent Development of Religious Communities in Contemporary Rural China." ECRAN Working Paper. Europe China Research and Advice Network. {link}

Book Reviews

Tao, Yu. forthcoming. Book review of Understanding Chinese Politics: An Introduction to Government in the People's Republic of China, by Neil Collins and Andrew Cottey. Political Studies Review.

Tao, Yu. forthcoming. Book review of Is China Buying the World, by Peter Nolan. China Perspectives.

Tao, Yu. forthcoming. Book review of Zhu Rongji Meets the Press, by Zhu Rongji. Political Studies Review.

Tao, Yu. 2012. Book review of The Religious Question in Modern China, by Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer. Religion 42(4): 689-693.

Tao, Yu. 2011. Book review of Nation and Religion: Perspectives on Europe and Asia, edited by Peter van der Veer and Hartmut Lehmann. Bijiao: China in Comparative Perspective Book Review 1: 28-29.

Tao, Yu. 2010. Book review of Making Religion, Making The State: The Politics Of Religion In Modern China, edited by Yoshiko Ashiwa and David L. Wank. Religion 40(4): 373-374.

Conference Papers and Presentations

[General Social Sciences Conferences]

Tao, Yu. "Social Capital as Depressants or Stimulants? Trust, Embeddedness, and the Relationship between Intermediate Associations and Collective Petitioning in Contemporary Chinese Villages." Paper presented at The 6th Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) Congress 2012: Policy and Politics in Changing Asia, Hong Kong, November 30-December 1, 2012.

Tao, Yu. "Recognizing Allies of the 'Harmonious Society': Intermediate associations and collective petitions in contemporary Chinese villages." Paper presented at The 61st Political Studies Association Annual Conference, London, April 19-21, 2011.

[Area Studies Conferences]

Tao, Yu. "A Solo, a Duet or an Ensemble? Analysing the Resent Development of Religious Communities in Contemporary Rural China." Paper presented at The 4th International Forum on Contemporary Chinese Studies, Nottingham, September 11-13, 2011 and at The 24th Annual Meeting of the Association of Chinese Political Studies, London, June 17-19, 2011.

Liu, Mingxing and Yu Tao. "Intermediate Associations, Grassroots Elites and Collective Petitions in Contemporary Chinese Villages." Paper presented at the International Conference on Elites and Governance in China, Taipei, November 6-7, 2010.

[Graduate Conferences]

Tao, Yu. "Decoding the Enigmatic Relationship Religious Groups and Collective Protests in Contemporary Rural China." Paper presented at The Graduate Conference of Rethinking State-Society Relations in Contemporary China. Oxford, May 10-11, 2013.

Tao, Yu. "Mainstrem Religious Theories and the Resent Development of Religious Community in Contemporary Rural China." Paper presented at The 2nd Political Studies Association Graduate Network Conference, Oxford, November 26, 2011.

Tao, Yu. "Mind the Gap: Globalisation, Reform and Intranational Income Inequality in Mainland China." Paper presented at The 1st Political Studies Association Graduate Network Conference in 2011, London, April 18, 2011 and at The 3rd China Postgraduate Network (UK) Annual Conference, Oxford, April 8-9, 2010.

Tao Yu. Recognizing Allies of the 'Harmonious Society': Intermediate associations and collective petitions in contemporary Chinese villages." Paper presented at The 14th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference, Cambridge MA, February 25-27, 2011.

Knowledge and Impact activities

The New Generation China Scholars Program , the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, December 2012-May 2013 (as an official observer).

Asia-Pacific Week 2011, Australian National University, Canberra, July 10-14, 2011 (as one of the ten IARU [International Alliance of Research Universities] scholars). [One of the panals was broadcasted by the ABC, click here to watch the entire talk -- I asked questions at 37'13".]

 
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