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Nathan Attrill

New Zealand


BA (Hons) (VUW), MIR (VUW), MPP (Peking)

Contact details

Phone: +61 0450 832 445

Room: Stanner Room 2.33

Nathan Attrill is a Ph.D. candidate in policy and governance at the ANU Crawford School of Public Public in Canberra, Australia.

His research areas include domestic Chinese politics, Chinese Communist Party institutions and history, and the political economy of deindustrialisation and revitalisation.

Originally from New Zealand he has spend time studying and researching in the People’s Republic of China over the last six years and has previously worked for the New Zealand public service.

PhD programme

Policy and Governance

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

The role of ideas in northeast China’s revitalisation failures: anti-market ideological resistance and the challenges of policymaking in a Chinese rust belt

Topic description

Researching the policy and governing issues in China’s northeast ‘rust belt’ or regional economy experiencing long-term negative deindustrialisation. My thesis focuses on the ideas shaping revitalisation politics and the effects it is having on the policy process and ideological debates around economic market reform.



“Xi Jinping looks to the northeast to make China great again” - East Asia Forum (October 2018).

“Chess masters and poker players: ways to understand the politics of policy-making in Xinjiang” – Asia Dialogue (October 2018).

“International students – peace offerings or security threats?” – The Monsoon Project (September 2018).

“China’s leadership model goes back to the future” – East Asia Forum (April 2016).

“China and the rule of law - everything and nothing changes” – China Stock Research (January 2015).

“Shock! Horror! Youku Tudou May Have Been Caught Stealing Content (Allegedly)” – China Stock Research (December 2014).

“China’s new bank deposits insurance scheme” – China Stock Research (November 2014).

“What if China misses its GDP growth target?” – China Stock Research (November 2014).

Scholarships and fellowships

EABER Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2016

Australian Postgraduate Award, 2016

Geoffrey Davies Memorial Prize, 2011

James Bertram Scholarship, 2011

Summer Scholars Scheme, 2010

Asian Politics Prize – Postgraduate, 2009

Employment history

Teaching assistant, School of Politics and International Relations, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. Jul 2018 - ongoing.

Teaching assistant, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre - Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific. Feb 2018 - ongoing.

China project officer, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER). Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. August 2016 - July 2017.

Sub-editor, East Asia Forum, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER). Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. July 2016 - Jan 2017.

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, J.G. Crawford Building No. 132, Lennox Crossing, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 Australia.

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