A regulatory and trade policy specialist, Philippa set up China Policy following a career in research and the public sector. First studying in Beijing in 1975, she has now worked in China-related research and policy development for over thirty years.

From 2004-9 Philippa was senior advisor at the EU-China Trade Project (EUCTP), the EU’s largest trade-related technical assistance program worldwide. At the EUCTP Philippa led the agriculture, quarantine, quality and standards programs. Responsible for standards issues across all sectors, Philippa’s own focus was on risk and safety.

Prior to joining the EUCTP Philippa was a member of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 1999-2003 she served as trade policy specialist at Beijing’s Australian Embassy, a time of regulatory watershed in China. Following accession to the WTO in 2001, China embarked upon a major program of economic and legal reform that continues today.

Philippa holds an honours degree in Chinese and economics from the University of Oxford.

David leads research at China Policy, with main responsibility for the geopolitics team. Over thirty years his work has ranged widely across issues affecting China’s economic, political, and social institutions. These threads combine in his current work on China’s strategic positioning, political risk and the external impact of domestic policy.

David models policy risk with the aid of a three dimensional paradigm: legacy issues specific to Chinese history; ‘deep troubles’ that all policies seek to address, and China’s official belief system, which he in turn maps using a minimum set of ‘Seven Chinas’. His close engagement with academic and research institutions in China affords him access to the conversation on governance and reform among the government’s senior advisors.

David is a regular media commentator on Chinese affairs including for the BBC, the ABC, the Financial Times, The Economist, Al Jazeera, Sky News and Voice of America. He holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Sydney, has held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Chicago, and worked at Australian National University, University of New South Wales, the National University of Singapore and Peking University.