Graduate Supervision

I am available to supervise Masters and Ph.D. candidates in the following topics, broadly construed:

  • Authoritarian regimes

  • Civic participation, philanthropy and volunteerism

  • Contemporary China (politics, economics and sociology)

  • Environmental, social and corporate governance

  • Ethics (individual, community and state)

  • Ethnic minorities in global contexts (life course experiences and integration models)

  • Immigration and migration

  • Institutional diversity (corporate and non-profit)

  • International development theory and practice

  • NGO governance and management

  • Norms in international affairs

  • Organizational behaviour

  • Political philosophy

  • Political sociology

  • Public policy formation and innovation

  • Social and welfare policy

  • Social theory (classical and contemporary)

  • The state's role in the economy

  • Work and the labour market

Please see below for examples of previous topics supervised and examined. To discuss a potential supervision arrangement, I can be contacted at hasmath@ualberta.ca.

Masters and Ph.D. Topics Supervised


1. “A Europe of Fortresses: The Securitization of Migration in Europe and the 2015 ‘Refugee Crisis’.”

2. “A Matter of Trust: Occupational Experiences of Visible Ethnic Minorities in the Australian Professional Class.”

3. “Are Higher Educational Levels a Precondition for Regime Change in Autocracies?”

4. “Between Memories and Dreams: What Reality for the Hoa Community in 21st Century Vietnam?”

5. “Chairman Mao is Dearest: Utopia and the Tools of Maoist Protest in Contemporary China.”

6. “China’s Energy Security and the National Oil Sector: Power and Interest Alignment in State-NOC Relations.”

7. “China’s Soft Power: The Case of the Confucius Institute in Thailand.”

8. “Chinese Migration to Africa: An Analysis of a QQ Group of Chinese in Zambia.”

9. “Connecting the Dots and Mapping the Nodes: Egao as Networked Practice.”

10. “Deterring the Boat People: The Australian Government's 'People Swap' Response to Asylum Seekers.”

11. “Does the Censorship of Sina Weibo Microblog Posts Concerning Mao Zedong on the 120th Anniversary of his Birth Support the Collective Action Potential Theory?”

12. “Going Beyond Better Prospects – It's a Matter of Trust: Unpacking the Malaysian Chinese Brain Drain.”

13. “How do Members of the Military Become Radicalized into the Far-Right?”

14. “How does China Engage with Global Norms? A Case Study of Peacebuilding and Security Sector Reform Norms.”

15. “How does China’s Indigenous Innovation Strategy Impact Dutch Multinational Enterprises?”

16. “Life and Business in China: The Marketization of Chinese Health by Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies in China.”

17. “Marx, Method, and Productivity: Reconciling Economic and Social Explanations.”

18. “Settlement Through Community Based Human Rights Advocacy.”

19. “Sharing the Burden? The Arab Spring, Forced Migration, and the Limits of Cooperation in the European Union.”

20. “Social Organisations and the State in China: Social Marketisation, Policy Influence, and State Strategies.”

21. “The Coping Strategies of Male Chinese Migrant Workers in Singapore.”

22. “The Discursive Construction and Performance of Gendered Identity through Online Media.”

23. “The Influence of Chinese Foreign Affairs Think Tanks in Foreign Policy Making.”

24. “The Integration, Settlement and Inter-Community Dynamics of Two Indian-Born Cohorts in Metropolitan Melbourne.”

25. “The Politics of Memory and the Chinese Cultural Revolution: National Commemoration, Neo-Maoism, and Implications for Chinese Economic Policy.”

26. “The Portrayal of Uyghurs and Hui in Chinese Newspapers: A Critical Discourse.”

27. “The Role of Soft Power in China’s Investment in a Bangladesh Garment Village.”

28. “Thought Reform During the Cultural Revolution 1966-1969: The Case of Deng Kesheng.”

29. “Understanding Africa’s China Policy: A Case Study of Mauritius’ Engagement with China.”

30. “What are the Regional Political Effects of China’s Adoption of ESG Regulatory Practices?”

31. “Why is China Adopting a More Assertive Behaviour at the United Nations Security Council?”

Ph.D. Viva and Examination Topics


1. “Between Market and State: Marketization and the Dynamics of State-NGO Relations in China”, University of Oxford.

2. “The Changing Chinese Dragon: Implications for (Cross-) Cultural Psychology in a Globalized World”, University of Alberta.

3. “Chinese Canadian Evangelicals in Transnational Mission Networks”, University of Oxford.

4. “Costs and Benefits of Goal Advancement: Organisational Sustainability in LGBT NGOs in Post-Same-Sex Marriage Canada”, London School of Economics and Political Science.

5. “The Dragon and the Lamb: Christianity, Nationalism and the State in China”, University of Oxford.

6. “Enemies of the State or Friends of the ‘Harmonious Society’? Religious Groups and Collective Protests in Contemporary Rural China”, University of Oxford.

7. “The Geopolitics of Asymmetrical Parity: Agency and Plurality in Sino-Caribbean Transnationalism”, University of the West Indies.

8. “The Governance of NGOs in an Authoritarian State: Evidence from Chinese Foundations”, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

9. “Identity Battles: Dual Identity in Taiwan”, University of Oxford.

10. “A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Understanding Chinese HIV NGOs”, University of Oxford.

11. “Negotiated Authoritarianism: Older People’s Associations and Social Governance in Contemporary Rural China”, University of Oxford.

12. “Participating in Chongqing’s Red Culture Campaign: How Creative Compliance is Possible”, University of Cambridge.

13. “Policy Influence of Social Organizations in China: Perspectives from Political and Organizational Sociology”, University of Oxford.

14. “The War on Language: Language Management and Resistance in Contemporary China”, University of Oxford.

15. “What You See is What You Get!? Looking into Ethnic Diversity and Professional Careers in Dutch Organizations”, Vrije University Amsterdam.