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School of Politics and International Studies

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    Tuesday 11-12 Wednesday 10:30-12:30
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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).

Research Interests

My research focuses on China’s international relations, particularly the Chinese propaganda system, soft power and ideational aspects of China’s foreign affairs. I have also worked on collaborative projects examining topics such as Chinese nationalism and Chinese attitudes to the global governance of geoengineering as a response to climate change.


This academic year I am teaching on the MA module The Rise of China as well as the undergraduate modules Politics of Contemporary China and Theories of International Relations.

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise research students working in areas such as Chinese foreign policy; international relations of the Asia-Pacific region; propaganda, soft power and public diplomacy; and domestic Chinese politics.

Key Publications


  • The Globalization of Chinese Propaganda: International Power and Domestic Political Cohesion (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)

Book chapters

  • “The Rise of Nationalism and China’s Foreign Policy” in Emilian Kavalski (ed.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012) (with Baogang He).

Journal articles

  • "China and the Blunt Temptations of Geoengineering: The Role of Solar Radiation Management in China's Strategic Response to Climate Change", The Pacific Review, 2013 (forthcoming) (with Jonathan Symons).
  • “Soft Power and the Chinese Propaganda System”, Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 21, No. 78, November 2012, pp. 899-914.
  • “Howard's Way? Public Opinion as an Influence on Australia's Engagement with Asia, 1996-2007”, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 64, No. 2, 2010, pp. 205-224 (with Derek McDougall).
  • “The 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay: Chinese and Western Narratives”, China aktuell - Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, No. 2, 2008, pp. 111-125.

Media Contact Areas

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

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