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Director, East Asia Program
Lowy Institute
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Areas of ExpertiseChina; Chinese foreign and domestic policy; Chinese development policy
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Dr Merriden Varrall is Director, East Asia Program, at the Lowy Institute. Before joining the Lowy Institute, Merriden was the Assistant Country Director and Senior Policy Advisor at United Nations Development Programme China, where she worked on China’s role in the world, focusing on its international development cooperation policy. Merriden spent almost eight years living and working in China, including lecturing in foreign policy at the China Foreign Affairs University and conducting fieldwork for her doctoral research. Prior to that she worked for the Australian Treasury. Merriden has a PhD in political anthropology from Macquarie University, Sydney, and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Her dissertation examined the ideas and beliefs behind China’s foreign policy. She has a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the Australian National University, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Technology Sydney.