UQ’s School of Economics lecturer awarded prestigious Chinese Fellowship

12 June 2018

On the recommendation and support of Professor Ping Chen, Director of The University of Queensland’s Confucius Institute, Dr. Renuka Mahadevan, Associate Professor at UQ’s School of Economics, was successful in her application for an Understanding China Fellowship. The Fellowship is sponsored by the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in Beijing. The program supports scholars from foreign universities to undertake China-related joint research which focus on humanities and social sciences within sixteen selected Chinese universities. Recipients of the fellowship are completely free to choose their own research topics and collaborators.

Associate Professor Mahadevan is an applied economist using leading-edge micro and macroeconomic modelling to analyze data, using evidence-based research to shape policy making to benefit society in the area of economic and social development. A significant part of her research has focused on developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. To date, she has published 86 journal articles and 5 books in areas covering development and agricultural economics, international trade and energy, and tourism economics. Dr. Mahadevan has also undertaken work for the Asian Productivity Organization, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, International Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, and African Economic Research Consortium.

Professor Ping Chen was delighted with the announcement regarding Dr. Mahadevan.

“We congratulate Associate Professor Renuka Mahadevan on being awarded this highly competitive and prestigious fellowship to China,” Professor Chen said.

The Institute has provided resources for a credit-bearing course Dr. Mahadevan designed, which is currently under consideration by the School of Economics, to be offered as an elective to any student interested in understanding the Chinese economy. In addition, the Institute will also be helping Dr. Mahadevan with her initiative of establishing a UQ-China Social Science Network.

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