Christabel has more than 25 years of teaching experience at Australian and international universities, including TEFL to undergraduate Business students, economics and statistics.

Her research interests include household saving and sustainable development, Confucian cultural influence on household saving, student engagement, learning diversity and student success.


Refereed journal articles

Havrila, I. and Zhang, C. (2008) Comparison of onshore and offshore student learning experience in an economic unit of study. Journal of International Education of Business, Vol.2 Issue 1, pp.2-19


Zhang, C. (2010) Valuing cultural diversity: The academic experiences of Chinese international business students. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany

Book chapters

Sillitoe, J., Webb, J. and Zhang, C. (2006) Teaching international postgraduate students. In: Ryan, J. and Jude, J. (eds), Teaching international students: Benefits for all, Routledge, London

Refereed international conference papers

Zhang, C. (2011) An analytical framework of cultural influence on China's household saving. In: The Annual Hawaii International Business Research Conference, Hawaii, October 24-25, 2011

Zhang, C. and Courvisanos, J. (2010). A conceptual framework on cultural influence on China's household saving. In: China and the World Economy: The Oxford Chinese Economic Society of Europe International Conference, September 16-17, 2010, Peking University, Beijing

Havrila, I. and Zhang, C. (2009) Comparison of Onshore and Offshore Student Learning Experience in Microeconomic Principles. In: Qualitative Teaching and Learning Forum, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia

Havrila, I. and Zhang, C. (2008) Student Experience in a First Year Economics Unit at an Australian University Offshore Campus. In: First Year in Higher Education International Conference: An Apple for the Learner, Celebrating the First Year, June 30 – July 2, 2008, Hobart, Australia

Teaching responsibilities

Christabel has taught Economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and was a team member of the 2010 Victoria University TLS Project on Internalisation of the Curriculum and Learning in the Workplace.


Christabel has coordinated units BEO1105 Economic Principles and BEO6500 Economics for Management and BEO1106 Business Statistics. She is currently teaching BEO2004 International Trade Practices and BEO3432 Strategic International Trade Operations.

Professional memberships

  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia


Areas of expertise

  • cultural diversity in learning
  • first year student transition in higher education
  • Microeconomics and macroeconomics

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 1478