Jason Young

Senior Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

China, East Asia, Chinese Investment, New Zealand-China Relations, Rural China, Hukou

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  • BSc Otago
  • PhD VUW

Office hours

Monday and Tuesday 12.00 - 12.50 pm


Jason Young is a Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations and  a Research Fellow at the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre. His research interests focus on Chinese politico-economic reform, agricultural development and socioeconomic change in rural China. Jason spent four years studying Chinese at Fu Jen and Tunghai Universities and travels regularly to China and Asia including as coordinator of the China Field Study exchange programme with China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Students interested in taking part in the China Field Study should contact Jason or refer to the Programme Resources webpage .

Research interests

Jason’s current research is supported through a Marsden Fast Start from the Royal Society of New Zealand and focuses on investment and the operations of New Zealand agribusiness in rural China.

Thesis supervision

I am interested in supervising graduate research at both the Masters and Doctoral level in the following broad areas:

  • Chinese politics and development, particularly rural development
  • New Zealand-China/Asia relations
  • East Asian politics and international relations

Selected publications

  • 'Space for Taiwan in regional economic integration: Cooperation and partnership with New Zealand and Singapore', Political Science, Vol. 66, Issue 1 (June 2014) pp. 3-22.
  • 'Conclusion: The Third Plenum and New Zealand' pp.145-151 in China at the Crossroads: What the Third Plenum Means for China, New Zealand and the World, edited by Peter Harris, Wellington: Victoria University Press (2014).
  • 'China-New Zealand Relations Enter a New Stage' pp.231-248 of Blue Book on Oceania: Annual Report on Development of Oceania (2013-1014), edited by YU Changsen, Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press (China)(2014) (Chinese).
  • Huang, Xiaoming and Jason Young. 'China and the World Economy: Challenges and Opportunities for New Zealand', China Research Centre Discussion Paper, 13/01 (Aug. 2013) 90pp.
  • 'Comparative Analysis of Modern Rural Development in New Zealand and China' Economic Forum, Gen. 521, No. 12 (Dec. 2013) pp. 164-170 (Chinese).
  • 'Toward an Integrated System of Rural-Urban Residency and Land Use in China', Modern China Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, (2013), pp.229-266.
  • 'The Forgotten Sector: Institutions, Market Linkages, and Concurrent Growth in Rural China and Japan' pp.192-212 of Modern Economic Development in Japan and China: Developmentalism, Capitalism, and the World Economic System, edited by Xiaoming Huang, London: Palgrave MacMillan (2013).
  • China’s Hukou System: Markets, Migrants and Institutional Change, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, June 2013).
  • 'Hukou, Labour Markets and the Chinese Developmental State', Fudan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, vol 5, no.3 (2012): 1-25.
  • 'Labor Movement and Economic Growth: Shaping and Managing the Lewis Transition in China and India' pp.150-179 of China, India and the End of Development Models edited by Xiaoming Huang, Alexander C Tan and Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).
  • 'Investing in the Economic Integration of China and New Zealand', China Papers, no.22 (2012): 1-31.
  • 'The Evolution of China’s Rural Land Tenure System', proceedings of the 19th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference, (2011): 54-59.
  • 'China’s Changing Hukou System: Institutional Objectives, Formal Arrangements and Informal Practices', pp.130-151 of The Institutional Dynamics of China’s Great Transformation edited by Xiaoming Huang, (Oxon: Routledge, 2010).
  • 'New Zealand's Policy towards Britain Joining the Common Market' (with Jia Wenhua), World History, vol 5 (2009): 48-58 (Chinese).