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Research

My research primarily focuses on processes and patterns of underdevelopment, marginality and inequality at different levels within China and globally. My Ph.D. was an ethnography of the implementation and outcomes of China’s three largest government-run microcredit programmes in three townships in rural Jiangxi Province. Forthcoming publications from this project critically examine the reasons for heterogeneous implementation of the programmes in different localities, and demonstrate the ways in which microcredit produces patterns of de-marginalisation for some areas and actors, while simultaneously feeding into processes that lead to the marginalisation and exploitation of others.

Currently, I am in the process of developing two new research projects. The first seeks to examine the informal migration of Chinese nationals to Ghana in order to engage in small-scale gold mining. The second aims to explore the use of new forms of Internet finance – particularly peer-to-peer lending – in rural areas of China. I am also engaged in research and publications that critically reflect on the methodological challenges implicit in conducting in-depth empirical fieldwork, and which seek to develop new techniques and approaches for interacting with the field and data.

 

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Loubere, Nicholas, 2016. “Indebted to Development: Microcredit as (De)marginalisation in Rural China.” Journal of Peasant Studies. Doi: 10.1080/03066150.2016.1236025.

Loubere, Nicholas and Zhang, Heather Xiaoquan, 2015. “Co-operative Financial Institutions and Local Development in China.” Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management, 3(1), pp. 32–39.

Lin, Ka, Yin, Pingjun and Loubere, Nicholas, 2014. “Social Support and the ‘Left Behind’ Elderly in Rural China: A Case Study from Jiangxi Province.” Journal of Community Health, 39(4), pp. 674–681.

 

Edited Volumes

Crawford, Gordon, Kruckenberg, Lena J., Loubere, Nicholas and Morgan Rosemary, eds., 2017. Understanding Global Development Research: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections, London and Thousand Oaks: SAGE.

Francechini, Ivan, Lin, Kevin and Loubere, Nicholas, eds., 2017. Made in China Yearbook 2016: Disturbances in Heaven, Canberra: ANU Press.

 

Chapters

Crawford, Gordon, Kruckenberg, Lena J., Loubere, Nicholas and Morgan Rosemary, 2017. “Global Development Fieldwork: A Relational Perspective.” In Gordon Crawford et al., eds. Understanding Global Development Research: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections. London and Thousand Oaks: SAGE, pp. 3–24.

Chambers, Robert and Loubere, Nicholas, 2017. “Liberating Development Inquiry: Freedom, Openness and Participation in Fieldwork.” In Gordon Crawford et al., eds. Understanding Global Development Research: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections. London and Thousand Oaks: SAGE, pp. 27–46.

Pearce, Jenny and Loubere, Nicholas, 2017. “Under Threat: Working in Dangerous Environments.” In Gordon Crawford et al., eds. Understanding Global Development Research: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences, and Reflections. London and Thousand Oaks: SAGE, pp. 155–176.

Crawford, Gordon, Kruckenberg, Lena J., Loubere, Nicholas and Morgan Rosemary, 2017. “Towards a Relational Understanding of Development Research.” In Gordon Crawford et al., eds. Understanding Global Development Research: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections. London and Thousand Oaks: SAGE, pp. 225–250.

Loubere, Nicholas, 2017. “Laying Off Responsibility: Microcredit, Entrepreneurship, and China’s Industrial Retrenchment.” In Ivan Francechini, Kevin Lin and Nicholas Loubere, eds. Made in China Yearbook 2016: Disturbances in Heaven. Canberra: ANU Press.

Loubere, Nicholas and Crawford, Gordon, 2017. “There and Back Again: Conceptualising the Chinese Gold Rush in Ghana.” In Ivan Francechini, Kevin Lin and Nicholas Loubere, eds. Made in China Yearbook 2016: Disturbances in Heaven. Canberra: ANU Press.

Loubere, Nicholas, 2017. “Cyber Loan Sharks, Social Credit and China’s New Frontiers of Digital Control.” In Jane Golley and Luigi Tomba, eds. China Story Yearbook 2016: Control. Canberra: ANU Press.

Zhang, Heather Xiaoquan and Loubere, Nicholas, 2015. “Rural Finance and Development in China: The State of the Art and Ways Forward.” In Heather Xiaoquan Zhang, ed. Rural Livelihoods in China: Political Economy in Transition. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 151–174.

 

Online Publications

Loubere, Nicholas, 2016. “Inside Out: Owen Lattimore on China.” The China Story Journal. Available at: http://www.thechinastory.org/2016/01/inside-out-owen-lattimore-on-china/

Loubere, Nicholas, 2014. “Rice Wine and Fieldwork in China: Some Reflections on Practicalities, Positionality and Ethical Issues.” LSE Field Research Method Lab. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/fieldresearch/2014/04/10/rice-wine-and-fieldwork-...

Zhang, Heather Xiaoquan and Loubere, Nicholas, 2013. Rural Finance, Development and Livelihoods in China. Duisburg Working Papers on East Asian Studies, (94), pp. 1–28.

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