Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme (based in Hong Kong)
Dr Tim Summers

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Tim Summers is based in Hong Kong, where he works on China’s politics, political economy, and international relations. In addition to his role as a senior consulting fellow on the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House, Tim is adjunct assistant professor at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Tim has presented at numerous academic and policy research conferences, spoken on developments in China to corporates and at investment conferences, given evidence to the British parliament’s foreign affairs committee, been interviewed by Bloomberg, CNBC, the BBC and Sky News, and published numerous media commentaries. Prior to taking his PhD, Tim was a British diplomat for 13 years, including a posting as consul-general in Chongqing from 2004 to 2007, and work in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2001. He speaks both Cantonese and Putonghua.

Current research projects: EU/UK-China relations, China’s belt and road initiative, and a book, China’s regions and their global interactions. 

Areas of expertise

  • Chinese politics and political economy
  • China's international relations
  • China's regions, especially western China
  • Hong Kong
  • EU-China relations 

Past experience

2010 -Commercial research and advisory work on China
2010 -Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre for China Studies (formerly Centre for East Asian Studies), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2009 - 12Research Associate, The Foreign Policy Centre
2008 - 10PhD in Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2004 - 07HM Consul-General, Chongqing (southwest China)
2001 - 03Cabinet Office, London
1997 - 2001Consul, British Consulate-General, Hong Kong