Research affiliates

The ENEP-China ERC project brings together scholars and engineers from a wide array of disciplines (history, computing, lingusitics/NLP, data science) and from various institutions and research centers. One for the ambitions of the project was to form an international and transdisciplinary research team to tackle the challenging issues at the core of the project.


Robert Bickers, Bristol University, Department of history, historian





Fleur Chabaille-Wang, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), historian

Fleur Chabaille-Wang is a lecturer at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). She had previous teaching experiences at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in France and at Tianjin Foreign Studies University. She has a Ph.D. in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Chinese urban history. Her research covers the expansive nature of foreign settlements and the evolution of Chinese nationalism through a cross-analysis of three major treaty ports (Tianjin, Shanghai, and Hankou) from 1846 to 1946. For this purpose, she has examined hundreds of Western and Chinese diplomatic archives, including maps and local press, primary source materials of missionaries, foreign companies, or institutions of the late Qing and Republican periods. Her research methodology also integrates digital methods and visual materials.

Brett Sheehan, University of Southern California, historian

Brett Sheehan is professor of Chinese history and director of the East Asian Studies Center at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 1997. He is the author of Trust in Troubled Times: Money, Banking and State-Society Relations in Republican Tianjin, 1916-1937 (Harvard University Press, 2003) Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision (Harvard University Press, 2015), and numerous articles and book chapters.