Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Contact Details

Dr Kingsley Edney

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of China

I joined POLIS in 2013 after completing my PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2012. I also have an MA in Politics from Melbourne and a BA(Hons) in Politics and Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington. Before coming to Leeds I taught Chinese politics at La Trobe University in Melbourne. I speak and read Chinese (Mandarin).

Please note I will be on sabbatical during semester one of the 2015-16 academic year.

Research Interests

My research focuses on China’s international relations. I am primarily interested in how the globalisation of information and ideas affects, and is affected by, China’s relations with states and other actors beyond its borders. I am also working on a number of collaborative projects, including one that examines how China’s rising power combines with disruptive technological change to create new challenges and opportunities for global climate governance.


I currently teach the MA module The Rise of China as well as the undergraduate module Politics of Contemporary China.

PhD Supervision

I am keen to see high-quality proposals from research students working in areas such as Chinese foreign policy; ideas and norms in international relations; international relations of the Asia-Pacific region; and domestic Chinese politics.

Key Publications


Book chapters

  • “Between Cultural Confidence and Ideological Insecurity: China’s Soft Power Strategy for the Cultural Industries” in Kate Oakley and Justin O’Connor (eds.) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2015).

Journal articles

Other writings

Media Contact Areas

  • The Chinese propaganda system
  • Chinese nationalism
  • Soft power and China’s international image

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