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.
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.
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.
- "The Globalization of Chinese Propaganda: International Power and Domestic Political Cohesion" (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
- “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).
“Energy Research within the UNFCCC: A Proposal to Guard Against Ongoing Climate-Deadlock”, Climate Policy, 2015 (with Barry W. Brook, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Rasmus Karlsson and Jonathan Symons)
- "Building National Cohesion and Domestic Legitimacy: A Regime Security Approach to Soft Power in China", Politics, 2015.
- “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.
- “Implications for China’s Soft Power under Xi Jinping”, China Policy Institute Blog, 5 April 2016.
- “The Regime Security Concerns Driving China’s Quest for Soft Power”, Politics Blog, 15 December 2015
- “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