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Centre activities for 2017-2021

The Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies provides an ongoing focus for research, teaching, interdisciplinary applications and public education on the interactions among culture, society, economics and politics in the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.

  • The Centre helps link Bond University with the international academic community. This joint cooperation has fostered several ongoing research agendas, including a historical analysis of Chinese foreign policy orientations, an analysis of China’s conceptions of strategic and soft power options, a critical assessment of the Belt and Road Initiative, and a collaborative assessment of the D8 developing nations. The Centre continues to administer a successful staff/student exchange program with the prestigious China Foreign Affairs University, along with links to other universities in the PRC such as Beijing Foreign Studies University and the Beijing International Studies University.  
  • The Centre’s research overlaps with many undergraduate and postgraduate subjects taught within the Faculty, and its members regularly supervise Masters and PhD theses on related topics.  
  • The Centre operates both within the Faculty of Society & Design and as a ‘virtual think-tank’ that links diverse scholars worldwide. Centre members include:
  • Director of the Centre, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Dr R. James Ferguson researches Eurasian politics, Chinese history and the Belt and Road agenda in global contexts, and the interaction between regionalism and globalization. 
  • Dr Rosita Dellios, Associate Professor of International Relations, one of the Centre’s founders, focusses on China and East Asia, with a special interest on Chinese defence policy and philosophy, geopolitics, concepts for world order and future trends in global politics. 
  • Dr Alica Kizekova, Centre Honorary Adjunct Fellow, maintains a strong research base on soft balancing, the SCO and ASEAN, and Japan-China relations. 
  • Professor Raoul Mortley focuses his research and publication on the history of Greek philosophy, the influence of Greek philosophy on early Christian thought, the philosophy of the negative way, and east-west philosophy.
  • Honorary Adjunct Professor Kartik Roy is an expert in the economics of development and has recently written and edited books on the Millennium Development Goals, Governance Institutions and Economic Development.
  • Associate Professor Bhishna Bajracharya has brought in his expertise in urban planning, smart cities, disaster management and policy research in the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Honorary Adjunct Professor, Masako Gavin, has expertise in Japanese language, education and intellectual history.
  • The Global Development Forum (GDF) is another focus area for the Centre. The GDF was co-founded by Professor Ahmed Khalid (PhD, John Hopkins) and Dr Maziar Falarti (PhD, QUT), and is a new focus area, developed from 2014. This interdisciplinary research forum explores socio-economic, political and global developments with respect to emerging global economies. This ongoing project will focus on the D8, a group of mid-level developing Muslim countries that represent four different regions in the world. The Forum is in the midst of a major project, Economic Integration and Global Governance in Emerging Modern Muslim Economies: Prospects and Challenges for D-8 Countries, which will consist of a collection of edited chapters focusing on the D8 as an institution as well as the particular challenges each country faces.
  • Valuable relationships have been developed with other institutions, including China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Suzhou University (China) and the Koch University (Turkey). External advisors to the Centre include Ms Vivian Man Wai Fung (Chairman, Sino-Australia Cultural Association), Dr Shan Chun (Professor, Law School of The China University of Politics and Law), and Dr Tevor Carolan, a Canadian author, journal and Associate Professor (at the University of Fraser Valley) with a focus on Asian culture and literature.
  • The Centre is proud of its emerging strengths in Asian and Chinese affairs, strategic studies, international relations, and new perspectives on inter-cultural relations. The Centre promotes research and dialogue through regular contacts with Australian and international academics, including colleagues in China, USA, Germany, Turkey, Malaysia, and India.

Alan Chan Fellowship Exchanges with China 

Since 2013, the Alan Chan Fellowship has facilitated annual staff and postgraduate student exchanges among Bond University, China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) and other Chinese institutions. The inaugural staff exchange in 2014 was undertaken by prominent Chinese international relations scholar, Professor Su Hao. Since that time, selected academics and PhD students from China are supported in visits to Bond University, and Australian academic and PhD students in turn spent time at major Chinese universities.

Our Centre members are actively publishing and writing new books, conference papers and articles, and have either completed or are in the midst of major research projects. The Centre has grown its online presence through its ongoing E-publications, which provide an avenue for staff, postgraduates, alumni and overseas academics to publish and promote their ideas and perspectives. 

An active community of scholars has been sustained through facilitations of numerous seminar programs and presentations including a strong presence at major international conferences, facilitated by the International Confucius Association, the International Studies Association, the International Institute for Development Studies (IIDS),and at annual East Asia Security Conference held in Beijing. Recent Conference presentations were made at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the International Studies Association (ISA): Narratives of Security in Asian Geopolitics (Singapore 2019), the China-Australia Cooperation Forum: Promoting Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region, (Fujian Province, PRC, 2018), the First International Seminar on Development in Action, (Kolkata, India, 2018), the 10th International Symposium of the Institute of International Relations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (Prague 2018), and The 10th International Conference on Development (Belgrade 2017).

The Centre has an emerging profile in supporting university and external research. It has built collaborative teams across members and honorary fellows, engaged foreign scholars via the Alan Chan travelling fellowships, and participates in ongoing projects with several universities and institutes.

Members and fellows, such as Rosita Dellios, are often consulted by national and international media, and facilitate seminars both in Australia and during international research visits. They are either current members of, or have had active roles in, major professional organizations, e.g. the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures and the International Confucian Association. Regular collaborations with China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and the International Institute for Development Studies (IIDS), have led to a number of symposiums, conferences and book publications.

In May 2015, the Faculty and Centre delivered its inaugural international symposium, Confucianism and Modern Society, which provided presenters from China, Singapore, South Korea, the US, New Zealand and Australia the opportunity to engage in a fresh assessment of Confucian contributions to the 21st century. A second symposium, Confucianism, Governance and the Emerging Economic Order, was held at Beijing in October 2016, run in conjunction with Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). The third major international conference, Confucianism and World Disharmony: The Quest for Harmony in Difference, was held at Bond University in August 2019 in conjunction with the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures and The Centre for East-West Relations (Beijing Foreign Studies University). The conference drew in a wide range of intercultural, interdisciplinary and critical viewpoints.

Selected publications

Aftab, S. (2014). Viewpoint: Of What Use is An Ancient Philosopher, Confucius, to 21st Century China. Culture Mandala, 11(1), 7-9. 

Bajracharya, B. (2019). Review: Planning Metropolitan Australia, by Hamnett, Stephen, and Robert Freestone, eds. Journal of Planning Education and Research,

Bajracharya, B., & Bajracharya, E. (2019). Post-earthquake collaborative initiatives by a Nepali community organisation in Australia: A case study. In N. K. Chapagain, S. K. Shrestha, K. D. Bhatta, & S. Singh (Eds.), Revisiting the Nepal earthquakes 2015: Resilience, recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction (pp. 61-80). Tribhuvan University Press.

Bajracharya, B., & Hastings, P. (2020). Stakeholder engagement for disaster management in master-planned communities. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 35(3), 41-47.

Bajracharya, B., & Khan, S. (2019). Urban Governance in Australia: A Case Study of Brisbane City. In B. Dahiya, & A. Das (Eds.), New Urban Agenda in Asia-Pacific: Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities (pp. 225-250). Springer,

Blakemore, S. (2014). Chinese Regionalism: China's Engagement with ASEAN and SCO. Culture Mandala, 11(1), 22-28.

Cannon, W. (2014). How Will Australia's Strategic Culture Inform Its Engagement in the Indo-Pacific Region? Culture Mandala, 11(1), 10-21. 

Danner, L.K. (2016). Rising Assertiveness Versus Peaceful Development: Making Sense of China’s Ambivalent International Behaviour. Culture Mandala, 12(1), 23-44. 

Dellios, R. (2014). A Brief Overview of Chinese and Confucian Studies in Australia. Culture Mandala, 11(1), 29-34. 

Dellios, R. (2019). A Confucian Lesson in Development. In K. Roy, & C. Clark (Eds.), A Discourse on Economic Development (pp. 43-60). Nova Science Publishers.

Dellios, R. (2018). “Alternative Futures for Asia-Pacific Cooperation: Four Scenarios, One Surprise.” Paper presented at the China-Australia Cooperation Forum: Promoting Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region, Organised by National Institute for Global Strategy (NIGS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, and Fuzhou University, Fujian Province, PRC.

Dellios, R. (2015, 14 August). “China: An old Hand at Soft Power.” Asia and the Pacific Society Policy Forum,

Dellios, R. (2019). Counter-terrorism with Chinese Charactristics. In D. M. Jones, P. Schulte, C. Ungerer, & M. L. R. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11 (pp. 340-350). Edward Elgar Publishing,

Dellios, R. (2019). Narratives of Security in Asian Geopolitics. Culture Mandala, 13(2), 19-28.

Dellios, R. (2019). Security Deficit. In S. Romaniuk, M. Thapa, & P. Marton (Eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies Palgrave Macmillan

Dellios, R. (2019). Security Landscape. In S. Romaniuk, M. Thapa, & P. Marton (Eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies Palgrave Macmillan

Dellios, R. (2017). Silk Roads of the 21stCentury: The Cultural Dimension. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 4(2), 225-236. 

Dellios, R. (2020). Supranational Actors. In S. Romaniuk, M. Thapa, & P. Marton (Eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies Palgrave Macmillan

Dellios, R. (2015). The City-God Temple of Shanghai: A Protective Presence. Culture Mandala, 11(2), 55-60. 

Dellios, R., Bhattacharyya, A., & Minarova-Banjac, C. (2019). Ecofeminism in a World of BRICS: Opportunities and Challenges. Culture Mandala, 13(2), 1-18.

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R.J. (2013). China’s Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World.Lexington Books.

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R.J. (2014). “Confucian Geopolitics in the Age of Competitive Regionalism”, International Symposium in commemorating 2565th Anniversary of Confucius’ Birthday: The 5th Meeting of International Confucian Association,Beijing, PRC.

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R.J. (2015). “Confucian Geopolitics in the Age of Competitive Regionalism, Proceedings Vol. 1, International Symposium Commemorating 2565th Anniversary of Confucius’ Birthday”, International Confucian Association, Jiuzhou Press, Beijing.

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R.J. (2018). Geopolitics of Development: Opportunities for China and India. In K. Roy & S. Kar (Eds.), Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals(pp. 285-298). World Scientific. 

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R.J. (2015). “New Buddhist Silk Roads.” Conference paper, Fourth World Buddhist Forum, Wuxi, China. Published in Buddhist Association of China and the China Religions Cultural Communication Association, 2, 174-195. 

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R.J. (2017). The Human Security Dimension of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Journal of Management and Sustainability,7(3), 48-62.

Dellios, R. & Ferguson, R.J. (2015). “Thinking Through Srivijaya: Polycentric Networks in Traditional Southeast Asia.” Paper presented at the Second Global South International Relations Conference – Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation, International Studies Association (ISA), U.S.A.

Ferguson, R. J. (2019). Benevolent Governance and Positive Peace: A Comparative Analysis. Paper presented at Confucianism and World Disharmony: The Quest for Harmony in Differences, Gold Coast, Australia.

Ferguson, R. J. (2019). China’s Eco-Civilization: From History to Policy. In K. Roy, & C. Clark (Eds.), A Discourse on Economic Development (pp. 87-118). Nova Science Publishers.

Ferguson, R.J. (2018). China’s Eurasian Dilemmas: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power. Edward Elgar Publishing. 

Ferguson, R.J. (2015). Gnosticism: The Wise Sister of Christianity. The Culture Mandala, 11(2), 24-54.

Ferguson, R. J. (2020). Non-Traditional Security Dilemmas on the Belt and Road. Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, 3(1), 59-86.

Ferguson, R. J. (2019). Reflection and Aspiration: Mirrors and Models in Traditional European and Chinese Thought. In M-C. Patron, & J. Kraven (Eds.), Intercultural Mirrors: Dynamic Reconstruction of Identity (pp. 147-164). Brill,

Ferguson, R.J. (2019). Rome and Parthia: Power Politics and Diplomacy Across Cultural Frontiers. Culture Mandala, 13(3), 1-43.

Ferguson, R.J. (2016). The Ancient Egyptian Concept of Maat: Reflections on Social Order and Natural Justice. Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Research Paper No. 15.

Ferguson, R. J. (2020). The European Discourse on Sufism: On the Appeal of ‘Moderate Islam’. In D. Shahi (Ed.), Sufism: A Theoretical Intervention in Global International Relations (pp. 181-198). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Ferguson, R.J. (2016, 11 March). The Forgotten Ingredient in Classical Chinese Governance: The Art of Persuasion. Confucian Weekly Bulletin

Ferguson, R.J. & Dellios, R. (2018). Between Development and Sustainability: Adaptation Strategies for China and Indonesia. In K. Roy & S. Kar (Eds.), Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals(pp. 257-284). World Scientific.

Ferguson, R.J. & Dellios, R. (2017). The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power: The Timeless and the Timely. Lexington Books.

Fritz, J. (2013). Satellite Hacking: A Guide for the Perplexed. Culture Mandala, 10(1), pp. 21-50.

Fung, V. (2015). Conference Report on the 4th World Buddhist Forum in China: Exploring the Value of Buddhism in Modern Times. Culture Mandala, 11(2), 61-64.

Graham, N. (2014). An Analysis of the Opportunities for Brand Business Development within the Chinese Social Media Landscape. Culture Mandala, 11(1), 1-6.

Hiscox, A. (2018). Modern Mongolia: Geopolitics Amid Great Powers. Culture Mandala, 13(1), 1-15.

Kizekova, A. (2015). Russia and Southeast Asia: Reciprocity in Engagements and Transnational Crime. Russian Analytical Digest, 169, 9-11.

Kizekova, A. (2018). Czech Foreign Policy in 2017: Analysis. Institute of International Relations.

Lupton, D. (2015). Can the 'Apology Standoff' between China and Japan be Resolved? Culture Mandala, 11(2), pp. 19-23.

Minarova-Banjac, C. (2018). “Gender Culture in Diplomacy: A Feminist Perspective.” Culture Mandala, 13(1), 20-44.

Raphael, J. (2018). South of South – Australia and its Influence in the Antarctic. Culture Mandala, 12(2), 1-12.

Roy, K. (2018). Governance Institutions and Economic Development: Emerging China, India, East and Brazil. World Scientific.

Roy, K. & Clark, C. (Eds.) (2019). A Discourse on Economic Development. Nova Science Publishers.

Roy, K. & Kar, S. (Eds.) (2018). Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals. World Scientific.

Shahed, K. & Bajracharya, B. (2019). The Changing Role of Regional Organisation of Councils in Australia: Case Studies from Perth Metropolitan Region. In B. Dahiya, & A. Das (Eds.), New Urban Agenda in Asia-Pacific: Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities (pp. 93-116). Springer.

Sypott, K. (2015). India's Military Modernisation: Assessing the Impact on India's Relative Power and Foreign Relations. Culture Mandala, 11(2), 1-18.

Future projects

Major ongoing and future projects include:

  • Rosita Dellios, The Defence of the People’s Republic of China: Philosophy, Capabilities and Contingencies
  • Rosita Dellios “Sustainable development from an East-West integrative perspective: Eastern culture meets Western complexity theory”, in Low, Pak Sum (ed.) Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific Perspectives, Cambridge: CUP, 2021 (forthcoming)
  • R. James Ferguson Greening China’s New Silk Roads: The Sustainable Governance of Belt and Road (major book project, contracted for completion in early 2021).
  • Ferguson, R. James “The Political Challenge of Linking Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies: Risks and Prospects”, in Low, Pak Sum (ed.) Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific Perspectives, Cambridge: CUP, 2021 (forthcoming)
  • Ahmed Khalid, R. James Ferguson & M Niaz Asadullah (Eds)Economic Integration and Global Governance in Emerging Modern Muslim Economies: Prospects and Challenges for D-8 Countries(this is part of an ongoing joint project with research funding and independent donor funds).
  • Raoul Mortley, The Confucian Pathway: A Westerner’s Exposition
  • James D. Sellmann, R. James Ferguson, & Rosita Dellios (eds) Living Confucianism: Strategies for Optimizing Harmony(ongoing project 2020-2021)