Ben Hillman is a Senior Lecturer in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He studies political development in Asia with a focus on China. Hillman is especially interested in the role of informal institutions in public policy making, and in policies and mechanisms for promoting political inclusion and protecting minority rights. His forthcoming book will be published in Chinese, Shangrila Inside Out: Ethnic Diversity and Development (Yunnan People’s Publishing House). He has recently co-edited (with Gray Tuttle) Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West (Columbia University Press, 2016), and previously authored Patronage and Power: Local State Networks and Party-State Resilience in Rural China (Stanford University Press, 2014).

Last Updated: June 15, 2017



Why Are So Many Tibetans Moving to Chinese Cities?

Gerald Roche, Ben Hillman & more
China’s Tibetan areas have been troubled by unrest since 2008, when protests swept the plateau, followed by a series of self-immolations which continue to this day. The Chinese state, as part of its arsenal of responses, has intensified urbanization...