Robert Attwell

CCS_Intern_Robert_4Robert Attwell is a research affiliate at the Centre for Chinese Studies. He is currently doing an MSc in East Asian International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. To complete his studies in Scotland, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Robert is particularly interested in the way history shapes the international relations of East Asia and how issues from Japan’s colonial expansion continue to dominate that nation’s relations with its neighbours. Before pursuing graduate studies in Edinburgh, Robert lived in Kyoto, Japan for two years as an Assistant English Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. Before that, he was a research assistant at the CCS and worked on the “South African relations with China and Taiwan: Economic realism and the “One-China” doctrine” report. In addition to English, Robert knows intermediate Japanese, a smattering of Mandarin and is currently learning Korean.


David Bénazéraf

David Bénazéraf holds a PhD from the Paris Sorbonne University. His research concentrated on Chinese investments in Africa, with a specific focus on projects in African cities. He analysed the strategies of Chinese public and private enterprises, and questions the rise of a Chinese soft power. David graduated from the Political Science Institute of Paris (Sciences Po, 2006), and also holds a research Master from the Paris Sorbonne University on developing and emerging countries (2007). He was awarded with a doctoral research scholarship of the Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN), a body under the French Prime Minister’s office. He did fieldwork in China, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa and Angola. David has spent several years in China where he developed in-depth expertise on Asia. He worked both within Chinese (Tsinghua Urban Planning Institute) and French (French Embassy in Beijing) organisations. He currently works for the China desk of the International Energy Agency (IEA/OECD). David is fluent in English, French, Chinese.


Christine Hackenesch

CCS_Interim_ChristineChristine Hackenesch is a researcher at the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn, Germany, and a doctoral candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies. Her research focus is on Chinese engagement in African and consequences for European development cooperation in Africa.

Christine holds a diploma in political science from the Free University of Berlin and a Master degree in comparative regional politics from Sciences Po in Paris. She is fluent in German, English,  French and has basic knowledge of Chinese.


Luke Hurst

CCS_Visiting_Scholar_Luke_Hurst_01Luke Hurst is an Affiliate of the CCS. He is a PhD Candidate in economics and the Pacific Trade and Development Fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University. His thesis is broadly titled, “China’s impact on the global iron ore market”. To support his research Luke has undertaken fieldwork and institutional visits across Asia and Africa including with the Liberian National Investment Commission; Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Stellenbosch; Minerals Division at the Australian Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism; and the China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University.

Research interests include: direct investment theory; iron ore market industrial organisation and trade bargaining; Sino-African investment; Sino-Australian investment; and Chinese resource demand.


Maxime Lauzon-Lacroix

CCS_Photo_Affiliate_Maxime_Lauzon-Lacroix_2014Maxime is a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Chinese Studies. He holds a Double MSc International Affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University. After working and studying in China for four years, he recently moved to Johannesburg.

Maxime is fluent in English, French and Chinese.