Research and China

LSE academics are actively researching on a diverse array of topics on China. Some of the current China research from LSE academics is mentioned below.

A full and detailed outline of the research specialties and work of all LSE academics can be found at LSE Experts. You can also view a comprehensive list of LSE academics working on China.

A sample of current LSE research on China

aldenChris Alden's research focuses on China-Africa relations in general, as well as unpacking specific features (diplomacy, economic and security dimensions) and bilateral (South Africa, Mozambique) ties. Contextualising China-South Africa relations in light of BRICS and FOCAC are current/future areas of interest. Profiles:- LSE Experts 


CallahanBellagioLSEpicBill Callahan's research examines the interplay of culture and politics in China and Asia, and considers the overlap of domestic and international politics. His books include "China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future" (2013), "China: The Pessoptimist Nation" (2010), "China Orders the World: Normative Soft Power and Foreign Policy" (co-edited, 2012), "Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia" (2006) and "Contingent States: Greater China and Transnational Relations" (2004). In addition to his traditional publications, Callahan makes video documentaries on Chinese foreign affairs, including "The Shanghailanders" (2013) and "China Dreams: The Debate" (2014). Profiles:- LSE Experts

Kent-DengKent Deng has been working on the role of the state in modern China (from 1800 onwards) and its impact on Chinese growth performance which is reflected by his 2011 book China’s Political Economy in Modern Times: Changes and Economic Consequences, 1800–2000. He currently works on the impact of the Japanese colonial rule in Taiwan and Manchuria before WWII. Profiles:- LSE Experts; LSE Department of Economic History.


hildebrandtTimTim Hildebrandt's research focuses on NGO development in authoritarian polities, the links between activism and social entrepreneurship and the political economy of social exclusion. He also researches emerging LGBT rights and activism in the non-Western world, and the changing state–society relationship in China. He is the author of Social Organizations and the Authoritarian State in China and his research has appeared in numerous journals including The China Quarterly; Journal of Contemporary China; Review of International Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis. Profiles:- LSE Experts

HowellJude Howell's research interests relate to first, civil society and governance in China, focussing on two strands thereof, namely, welfare provision through charitable and philanthropic activity and citizen protection through rights-seeking; second, the politics of poverty alleviation in China; and finally, and an emerging area of her work - Chinese aid. Profiles:- LSE Experts; LSE Dept. of International Development

HughesChris Hughes's research includes Chinese politics and international relations with a special focus on the impact of Chinese nationalism; Taiwan's identity politics and its relationship with China; Sino-Japanese relations, with a focus on Chinese foreign policy making; the political impact of information technology in China; China and Asian regionalism; China's relations with regions outside Asia, especially Africa; and the significance of traditional ideas in contemporary Chinese foreign policy. Profiles:- LSE Experts

JencoLeigh Jenco's research focuses on the intersection of contemporary political theory and modern Chinese thought, emphasizing the theoretical and not simply historical value of Chinese discourses on politics. She specializes in contemporary political theory, particularly democratic, postcolonial, and cultural theory; Chinese thought in general, with a specific focus on late nineteenth and early twentieth century political thought; and issues related to cross-cultural methodology and understanding. Profiles:- LSE Experts; LSE Department of Government

KeyuKeyu Jin's research focuses on global imbalances and global asset prices, demographics, as well as international trade and growth. Her research is tightly linked to examining the various economic issues in China, with a particular interest in saving and government policies. Her  Academic publications include those in the American Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, and the Encyclopaedia of Financial Globalization. Profiles:- LSE Experts; LSE Department of Economics

MengBingchun Meng's research focus on communication governance, the political economy of media industries and mediated political participation. She is working on a book project about the politics of Chinese media, while continuing with her research on political discourses on the Chinese Internet. Profiles:- LSE Experts; LSE Department of Media and Communications

quahDanny Quah's current research is on the shifting global economy. He studies the sustainability of the emergence of the East, led notably by China; and the place of the UK and other advanced Western economies as they adjust to changes in the world landscape of economic and political power. He is writing a book on the shifting global economy and the suitability of global hegemony as a vehicle for world policy-making - how emerging multi-tiered world patterns of power complicate global governance and leadership. Profiles:- LSE Experts; LSE Department of Economics; Personal Website

StaffordCharles Stafford is a specialist in the anthropology of China and Taiwan. He has been conducting field research in rural Chinese and Taiwanese communities for over 25 years, focusing on topics including child development, learning, kinship, religion and economics. His first research project focused on the relationship between nationalist schooling and popular religion in a Taiwanese fishing community. Since the early 1990s, Professor Stafford has conducted research on kinship, historical consciousness, and economic psychology in both Taiwan and mainland China. Profiles:-  LSE Experts  LSE Department of Anthropology

hans_steinmuller_100x133Hans Steinmuller works on the ethics of everyday life in rural China and has done long-term fieldwork in Hubei and Yunnan provinces. His current research deals with irony and cynicism in Chinese politics. Profiles:- LSE Experts; LSE Department of Anthropology.