Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Contact Details

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

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.

PhD Supervision

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.

Key Publications


Journal articles

Book chapters

Other writings

Media Contact Areas

  • The Chinese propaganda system
  • Soft power and China’s international image
  • Cultural and ideological security policy in China

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