Dr Peter Ho

Dr Peter Ho

LSE Professorial Fellow

Department of International Development

About me

Peter Ho is Professorial Research Fellow at LSE’s Department of International Development London School of Economics and Political Science and Full Professor at Tsinghua University. He has published 12 books, including with the Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge and Blackwell. Ho is widely published in leading SSCI- and SCI-rated journals of Development, Planning and Environment, such as Land Degradation and Development (SCI/IF: 9.787), Journal of Peasant Studies (4.149) and Cities (SSCI/IF: 2.449).

Prof. Ho works on the revision of Western theories of development, and uses China as a case. In this context, he posited the “Credibility Thesis”, described as “inspirational, innovative, and provocative with great potentials to advance theoretical inquiry into the intriguing nature of China's developmental model” (Lin, 2017, see CUP website).

In view of his achievements, Ho was named fellow of China’s 1000 Talents’ Scheme and received the Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC Review noted that Ho is a “leading thinker with continuous effort … to go beyond the state of the art”. He was awarded the Kapp Prize by EAEPE, one of the largest European heterodox economics associations and conferred the title of Leading Expert by the China State Ethnic Affairs Commission. Ho has advised many Chinese and Dutch national leaders and members of parliament, which have included the Dutch Prime Minister and the Chinese Minister of Land and Resources. Moreover, his research has featured, amongst others in: USA Today, BBC, American PBS, Dutch Eight O'Clock News, and the China Daily.

Selected publications

  • P. Ho (2017), Unmaking China's Development: Function and Credibility of Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • P. Ho (2017), “Who Owns China’s Housing? Endogeneity as a lens to understand ambiguities of urban and rural property”, Cities, Vol. 65, 66–77
  • X. Yang, H. Zhao and P. Ho* (2017), “Mining-induced displacement and resettlement in China”, Resources Policy, Vol. 53, pp. 408-418
  • K. Krul and P. Ho* (2017). “Alternative Approaches to Food: Community Supported Agriculture in Urban China”, Sustainability 9(5), pp. 844-860
  • P. Ho (2016), “An Endogenous Theory of Property Rights: Opening the Black Box of Institutions”, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol.  43., No. 6, pp. 1121-1144
  • P. Ho (2016), “Empty Institutions, Non-Credibility and Pastoralism: China’s Grazing Ban, Mining and Ethnicity”, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol.  43., No. 6, pp. 1145-1176


China's transition; development and planning; institutional theory; sustainability; heterodox economics