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).
I research China’s international relations with a primary focus on non-material areas of international security, such as culture, values and ideology. I am particularly interested in understanding how the Chinese Communist Party attempts to manage the globalisation of information and ideas in order to achieve its international and domestic security objectives.
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.
- Hook, Glenn D., Libby Lester, Meng Ji, Kingsley Edney, Chris G. Pope and Luli van der Does-Ishikawa (2017) Environmental Pollution and the Media: Political Discourses of Risk and Responsibility in Australia, China and Japan (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge).
- Edney, Kingsley (2014) The Globalization of Chinese Propaganda: International Power and Domestic Political Cohesion (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).
Brook, Barry W., Kingsley Edney, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Rasmus Karlsson and Jonathan Symons (2016) ‘Energy Research within the UNFCCC: A Proposal to Guard Against Ongoing Climate-Deadlock’ Climate Policy 16(6): 803-813.
Edney, Kingsley (2015) ‘Building National Cohesion and Domestic Legitimacy: A Regime Security Approach to Soft Power in China’ Politics 35(2-4): 259-272.
Edney, Kingsley and Jonathan Symons (2014) ‘China and the Blunt Temptations of Geoengineering: The Role of Solar Radiation Management in China's Strategic Response to Climate Change’ The Pacific Review 27(3): 307-332.
Edney, Kingsley (2012) ‘Soft Power and the Chinese Propaganda System’ Journal of Contemporary China 21(78): 899-914.
McDougall, Derek and Kingsley Edney (2010) ‘Howard's Way? Public Opinion as an Influence on Australia's Engagement with Asia, 1996-2007’ Australian Journal of International Affairs 64(2): 205-224.
Edney, Kingsley (2008) ‘The 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay: Chinese and Western Narratives’ China aktuell - Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 2: 111-125.
- Edney, Kingsley (2015) ‘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).
- Edney, Kingsley and Baogang He (2012) ‘The Rise of Nationalism and China’s Foreign Policy’ in Emilian Kavalski (ed.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy (Farnham: Ashgate).
- Edney, Kingsley (5 April 2016) ‘Implications for China’s Soft Power under Xi Jinping’ China Policy Institute Blog.
- Edney, Kingsley (15 December 2015) ‘The Regime Security Concerns Driving China’s Quest for Soft Power’ Politics Blog.
- Edney, Kingsley and Jonathan Symons (2 August 2013) ‘China’s Domestic Agenda and the Global Politics of Geoengineering’ Chinadialogue.
Media Contact Areas
- The Chinese propaganda system
- Soft power and China’s international image
- Cultural and ideological security policy in China