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Christabel Zhang

M.Ed (VU), GradDipBus Tourism Development (VU), BBus Econ (Beijing)

Lecturer, College of Business

Christabel has more than 20 years of teaching experience at Australia and international universities, including TEFL, and Economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Her research interests include student engagement, learning diversity and first year student transition. She is currently undertaking a PhD study on China's household saving, culture and prosperity at the University of Ballarat.


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 is 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 has most recently joined the coordination team of BEO1106 Business Statistics.

Professional membership

  • 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
Christabel Zhang

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+61 3 9919 1478