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Research Students

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 International Politics.

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, 2014).

Book chapters

  • (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).

Journal articles

Other writings

Media Contact Areas

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

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