Dr Valeria Zanier’s main fields of interest are contemporary China-Europe relations and business history. After getting her PhD in East Asian History (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Dr Zanier was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation (Taipei), then from the Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies at the University of Padua. Starting in A.A. 2008/09 Dr Zanier has been a lecturer in “The Political Economy of China” and "East Asian Contemporary History" at Ca’ Foscari University. Her first monograph, From the great experiment to the harmonious society (Milano: Franco Angeli, 2010), is an account of China’s post-1978 economic reforms integrated into a historical perspective.
Dr Zanier’s current research project “PRC’s economic relations with European non-Communist countries in the period 1952 – 1965” received two-year funding from the European Union 7th Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) and is eventually resulting into a monograph. Dr Zanier is also involved in two collective research projects: "Italy, Europe, China. Economic, political, and cultural relations in the Cold War years (1954-1971)", funded by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; and "At the roots of European recognition of the PRC, 1960-1974. National and transnational actors and strategies", funded by the University of Padua.
Most recent publications include:
“Bureaucracy, Business and Adventure. China-Europe Trade Relations in Early Cold War Years (1952-1957)”, 冷战国际史研究 [Cold War International History Studies], No. 19, 2014.
“China’s Trade Relations with European Countries during Cold War: Strategies and Targets”, (book section) in Meneguzzi C. and Samarani G. (eds.), Europe and China. At the origins of actual relations, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014, pp. 289-324
“'With a Little Help from the State': Endogenous and Exogenous Dynamics in China’s Cluster Economy”, (book section) in Taylor R. (ed.), The Globalization of Chinese Business: Implications for Multinational Investors, Oxford: Chandos (Elsevier Group) Publishing, 2014