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David S G Goodman

Director, China Studies Centre, Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney

David S G Goodman is Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, where he is also Professor of Chinese Politics. He has worked in universities in Australia, China and the UK since 1971. Most recently he established the Department of China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China, where he also later served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. In Australia he previously worked at both the University of Technology Sydney; where he established the International Studies Program and later became DVC International; and the University of Sydney where he was part of the team that originally established the China Studies Centre. Prof Goodman is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

In addition to his role as Director of the China Studies Centre, Prof Goodman is general editor of two leading publication series on contemporary China: China in Transition with Routledge UK; and the Handbooks of Research in China with Edward Elgar UK.

Prof Goodman’s professional expertise is in social and political change in China, and international education. He has worked on projects with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the US State Department, as well as with commercial clients.

Prof Goodman’s research focus is on provincial and local development in China, class and social inequality in China, and the history of the Communist Party of China. He has written twenty books and published reports, and edited thirty volumes, as well as publishing articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Prof Goodman was educated at the University of Manchester, UK (Politics and Modern History) Peking University (Economics) and the London School of Oreintal and African Studies (Chinese language and Chinese Politics).


  • 2021–present
    Director, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney


  • 1981 
    London School of Oriental and African Studies, PhD in Chinese Politics
  • 1979 
    Peking University, Diploma in Economics
  • 1970 
    University of Manchester , BA Hons in Politics and History