A/PROF Jia Gao

A/PROF Jia Gao


  • Contemporary Chinese society (contemporary China)
  • The new Chinese migrant community in Australia (Chinese migrants)



  • GAO Jia is Associate Professor of the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne while serving as Assistant Dean (China) of the Faculty of Arts at the same university from 2011 to the present.

    Associate Professor Gao Jia is a graduate of Renmin University of China, formerly known as the People's University of China, in Beijing. He was a lecturer in social psychology and sociology at the same university, and he was also in charge of a number of research programs there before coming to Australia in 1988. In the same year, Dr Gao was awarded the first and only national academic prize in sociology by China's National Commission of Education and the Fok Ying Tung Foundation. He completed his PhD in human geography at the University of Melbourne, where he started teaching in its Chinese program as a casual tutor in 1993, and has been in his current position since 1997. Associate Professor Gao teaches various subjects in the Asia Institute, including Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Society.

    Associate Professor Gao's current research interests include contemporary Chinese society and the new Chinese migrant community in Australia. He has carried out continuing longitudinal research on the experiences of new Chinese migrants in Australia since 1988. At the same time, he has pursued his research interests in applied social psychological and sociological studies of post-1978 Chinese society, with a focus on public opinion and socio-political dynamics, social stratification, elite dominance and ideology in post-Mao China. Associate Professor Gao has produced wide-ranging publications in both English and Chinese, including Chinese Activism of a Different Kind (Brill, 2013), Transforming Chinese Cities (co-edited, Routledge, 2014), Chinese Migrant Entrepreneurship in Australia from the 1990s (Elsevier, 2015), and Global Media and Public Diplomacy in Sino-Western Relations (co-edited, Routledge, 2016).   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2000
  • BA (hons), Renmin University of China 1982

Awards and honors

  • China's National Commission of Education and the Fok Ying Tung Foundation: Excellence in Sociology, 1989



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Associate Professor Gao welcomes applications from students looking for honours, masters and PhD supervision on any of the following themes: the Chinese migrant community in Australia; new Chinese migrants in Australia; and post-1978 Chinese society, especially social stratification in post-1978 China, elite dominance and ideology of post-Mao China, and public opinion and socio-political dynamics.