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minghua-zhaoMinghua Zhao
Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 6870  

Professor Minghua is Head of the China Centre (Maritime), Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering. Minghua is an established maritime sociologist with an excellent international reputation and specialist knowledge and research expertise on maritime labour issues in shipping and fisheries. Her research interest includes in particular issues concerning gender and China. Specifically, Minghua's research covers seafarers’ labour market, their welfare and work and living conditions, employment policy and practice for women seafarers in commercial shipping, women’s participation in fisheries in European and Chinese coastal communities. Minghua is the principal investigator for the SWiC Project. 

pengfei-zhangPengfei Zhang
Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 6785

Captain and Dr Pengfei Zhang is an experienced Master Mariner with rich management experience in ships and port operations. Pengfei has very strong links with the British and Chinese maritime communities in both academia and industry. His research covers a number of issues, including maritime labour, autonomous ships, ship collisions, and ship management. Over the last several years, he has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters in prestigious journals, and one sole-authored book Seafarers Rights in China (2016, Springer). He has also led or/and participated in a number of research projects, such as the ORC project (Prevention of Ships Collisions with Offshore Platforms, 2015/2016) and the GEM Project (Gender, Empowerment and Multicultural Crews, (2015/2016). In addition, he was involved in a number of research projects led by Dalian Maritime University and Shanghai Maritime University. Pengfei is the co-investigator for the SWiC Project.

Gaochao HeGaochao He

Professor Gaochao is a political scientist by training. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in 1993, and served as a professor in the department of political science at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China between 2004 and 2017. He has also been a senior research associate at the Labor and Worklife Program of Harvard Law School since 2016. Gaochao’s research interests mainly focus on politics of labour, and on the changing labour relations among the state, trade union, managers and workers in China. He has conducted various surveys and interviews on workplace politics in China since 1995, and is working on two book manuscripts: (1) Labor Politics in China: Where the state meets market and society, and (2) Voices from Workplace: Workers reaction to the neo-liberal production regime in China. Gaochao is the research fellow for the SWiC Project. 

Lijuan ZhaoLijuan Zhao

Lijuan Zhao is a PhD candidate of Koguan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Her doctorate research examines the future of seafarers’ legal rights and protection of the People's Republic of China in the ‘era’ of the ILO MLC 2006. As research fellow of Silk Roads Law Institute, International Shipping Law School since 2015, Lijuan has also been involved two academic consultancy projects: A Study on Overseas Crew Manning (Seafarers) and Foreign Labour Service Cooperation under Free Trade Zones’ Policies in China (2015-2016) and A Study on Employment Risk Control and Dispute Settlement towards Coastal and Inland-water Workers on-board under Chinese Law (2015-2016). Lijuan received Bachelor degree of Law and Master degree of Legal History (English Constitution Tradition) from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZNEL) in Wuhan City, China. ‘Christian reformed tradition and its influence’ is another field that she is interested in. Lijuan leads the local support team in China for the SWiC Project. 

Yuan LiYuan Li
Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 6520  

Yuan Li is a PhD researcher at the China Centre (Maritime). She previously worked as a lecturer at the School of Shipping Law, East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPSL) in Shanghai. In 2012, she was visiting researcher with the Centre for Maritime Studies, National University of Singapore. Yuan studied law and specialised in maritime law in China, Germany and the UK. She gained her LLB from ECUPSL and her LLM from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. She also carried out maritime studies at the University of Greenwich in 2014-2015 before moving to Southampton to continue pursuing for a doctorate at Solent University. Yuan is currently working on her thesis which analyses the first Chinese maritime law in the Yuan and Song Dynasties (960-1368AD) and also examines the social, economic and technological context of its formation. Her research area covers international law, maritime law and policy, as well as (maritime) legal history. Yuan assists with data collection in Southampton Port for the SWiC Project.  

Jifan WangYifan Wang

Yifan Wang is a PhD candidate with the China Centre (Maritime). He was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering in 2014 from Shanghai Maritime University. He received his MSc in Ship and Shipping Management in 2015 from Southampton Solent University. He has worked in marketing for Det Norske Veritas (DNV), China, assisting with collecting and analysing competitors’ technologies and marketing strategies. In 2008, he assisted the CEO of INTSOK China with collecting information on oil and gas companies in China and, as a research assistant, analysis of the market movement of companies. His doctorate research project focuses on using LNG as a marine fuel using China and Norway as cases studies. Yifan assists with data collection in Southampton Port for the SWiC Project.  

Xingguan ZhaoXingguang Zhao

Xingguang has been a volunteer for the China Centre (Maritime) since April 2017. She assists with data collection at ports in Hamburg and Southampton for the SWiC Project.  


Lijun Zhao

Dr Lijun Zhao is lecturer in law in Middlesex University School of Law. She pursued her legal education in the UK (PhD, Bangor), Germany (Max Planck Institute) and China (LLB, LLM and MPhil in law). Before joining Middlesex University, Lijun was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (IGLP), Swansea University, and Cardiff University. Lijun assisted with data collection in Shanghai, July 2017.

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