Dr Maurizio Marinelli is a Senior Lecturer in East Asian History and co-Director of the Asia Centre at the University of Sussex. He joined Sussex in September 2013, after leaving Australia where he was Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the China Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney. During his career, he also taught East Asian studies in Italy, China, and the United States. Between 2005 and 2010, he was Director of the MA program in East Asian studies at the University of Bristol (UK). During his last two years at Bristol, he was also Principal Investigator of the ESRC research project ‘Colonialism in comparative perspective: Tianjin under nine flags, 1860-1949’.
His research is located at the crossroads of culture, geography, history and politics, with a particular focus on Chinese cities. Through this interdisciplinary lens, he explores the two main themes of ‘civilising the citizens’ and the socio-spatial transformation of urban China as a means to engage with larger related universally experienced themes (i.e. urban aesthetics regimes, regeneration of colonial/global spaces, urban design and public space, living heritage). He has completed several studies on the historical and socio-political dimensions of urban transformation in the port city of Tianjin, the Chinese capital Beijing, and colonial-global Hong Kong. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including Theory and Society; Emotion, Space and Society; China Information; Urban History; China Heritage Quarterly; Postcolonial Studies, and Cultural Studies Review.