Dr. Fang-Long Shih is Co-director of the Taiwan Research Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research specialises in the development of civil society in relation to colonialism, nationalism, democratisation, civic space, and global citizenship, often using examples from religion as a case study. In 2006 she launched a continuing seminar series, Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, serving as chair, and in 2007 she established the journal Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, serving as editor. Both contextualise processes of modernisation and globalisation through interdisciplinary studies of social scientific issues that use Taiwan as a point of comparison. She has also undertaken international media interviews (e.g. by the BBC), providing theoretically informed analysis of news relating to Taiwan.