Professor Kerry Brown

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme


Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London. From 2012 to 2015 he was Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Prior to this he worked at Chatham House from 2006 to 2012, as Senior Fellow and then Head of the Asia Programme. From 1998 to 2005 he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing, and then as Head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor Section.

He lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China from 1994 to 1996. He has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mandarin Chinese (Distinction) from Thames Valley University, London, and a Ph D in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University.

Professor Brown directed the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) giving policy advice to the European External Action Service between 2011 and 2014, and is the author of several books on modern Chinese politics, history and language.

Past experience

2015 - present Professor of Chinese studies, and director, Lau China institute, King’s College, London
2012-15 Professor of Chinese politics and director, China studies centre, University of Sydney, Australia
2006-12 Senior Fellow, then Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House
1998-2005 Member, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. China Section, London; First Secretary, British Embassy, Beijing; Head, Indonesia and East Timor Section, London; Head, UK Visa Policy, London

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