Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Marina is a senior researcher at the Centre specialising on contemporary Chinese society. Her research focuses on human rights, legal issues, social and political movements, cultural heritage policy, and the Chinese media. Marina also teaches at the Master Programme in Asian Studies.
Marina studied Chinese, history, and economics, at Lund University, where she received her Ph.D. in sinology from the Department of East Asian Languages in 1996. She spent the academic year 1997-1998 as a post doctoral fellow at the East Asia Institute, Columbia University, and has since 1998 been active as a researcher in Lund, first at the Department of East Asian Languages, and since 2004 at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies. She has spent extensive periods in China, first as an undergraduate in 1988-1990 at Fudan University, Shanghai, and later as Ph.D. candidate and as a visiting scholar at different institutions, including Beijing University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She usually spends between two and three months annually in China doing fieldwork. She is currently project leader for a Swedish multidisciplinary project on law implementation in China sponsored by the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) that runs 2004-2006.
Marina's major publications include, Debating Human Rights in China: A Conceptual and Political History (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002), and The Chinese Human Rights Reader (M. E. Sharpe, 2001, Co-editor with Stephen C. Angle). Other recent publications include “Ethical Dilemmas: Balancing Distance with Involvement,” in Maria Heimer and Stig Thögersen eds. Fieldwork in China (Hawaii University Press and NIAS Press, 2006), and In the Ancestor’s Shadow: Cultural Heritage Contestations in Chinese Villages Working Paper No. 17, 2006, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University.