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).
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 International Politics.
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.
- The Globalization of Chinese Propaganda: International Power and Domestic Political Cohesion (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
- (Forthcoming) “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).
- “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).
- “China and the Blunt Temptations of Geoengineering: The Role of Solar Radiation Management in China's Strategic Response to Climate Change”, The Pacific Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2014, pp. 307-332 (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.
- “China’s Domestic Agenda and the Global Politics of Geoengineering”, Chinadialogue, 2 August 2013, (with Jonathan Symons)
Media Contact Areas
- The Chinese propaganda system
- Chinese nationalism
- Soft power and China’s international image