Dr Lan Li
Deputy Director

UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

E-Mail: lan.li@ucd.ie

Tel: +353 1 716 3000
Fax: +353 1 716 3030


Dr Lan Li began her studies in Chinese language and literature at Renmin University of China, Beijing, where she first received a BA and then an MA in Chinese Language & Literature. She then took up a lectureship position at the university, lecturing on the History & Theory of Ancient Chinese Literature.

In 1991 she received a scholarship from Queen's University Belfast for her PhD in Social Anthropology, which was also funded by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Her doctoral thesis, entitled "Nuo: Shamanism among the Tujia of Southwest China" studied the rise of popular religions in contemporary China, and was later published in book form. After completing her doctoral studies in 1998, Dr Li lectured in Chinese culture and language at Queen's University Belfast until 2006. In August 2006, Dr Li joined the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland as a lecturer in Chinese Studies.

Dr Li is a member of the British Association for Chinese Studies and the Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland. Her research interests lie in Chinese beliefs, modern Chinese history, comparison between Chinese and Irish business culture.


  1. Li, L. (2012) Nuo (傩): The New Role of Popular Religion in Modern Chinese Politics, forthcoming, Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
  2. Li, L. (2011) “The Changing Role of the Popular Religion of Nuo in Modern Chinese Politics”, Modern Asian Studies.  in Press.
  3. Li, L., Brugha, C., Wang, L. (2010) Irish Business in China: Meeting the Inter-Cultural Challenges Dublin: Blackhall Publishing.
  4. Li, L. (2009) “Who Controls the Fate of An ICH – A case study of nuo (儺) in southwest China?” in Ségio Lira, Rogério Amoê, Cristina Prinheiro & Fernando Oliveira (ed.), Sharing Culture 2009, Barcelos: Green Lines Instituto para o Desenvolvimento Sustentâvel.
  5. Li, L. (2008) Reinvention of the Belief - An anthropological Study of the Chinese Popular Religion of Nuo Kunming: Yunnan People’s Publisher.
  6. O’Leary, R., Li, L. (2008) Mainland Chinese Students and Immigrants in Ireland and Their Engagement with Christianity, the Churches and Irish Society, Dublin: Dublin University Far Eastern Mission and the China Educational and Cultural Liaison Committee.
  7. Li, L., Wildy, D. (2005)“A New Discovery and Its Significance: The Statutory Declarations Made by Sir RobertHart Concerning His Secret Domestic Life in 19th Century China”, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol.43.