Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme
Kerry Brown

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Kerry has been associated with Chatham House since 2006. Over that time he has been an associate fellow and a senior fellow, and was head of the Asia Programme from 2011 to 2012.

A member of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1998 to 2005, he was professor of Chinese politics and director of the China studies centre at the University of Sydney from 2012 to 2015.

He is currently professor of Chinese studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London.

He specializes in elite Chinese politics, Chinese international relations, and Taiwan issues, and has written many books on China, the most recent of which have been recommended reads in both the FT and The Economist.

He is currently working on a study of the Communist Party of China as a cultural entity, and has lectured about China in more than 35 countries, written and commented on China for every major international news outlet, and advised governments, international companies and NGOS on China.

He has a MA from Cambridge, and a PhD from Leeds University. 

Areas of expertise

  • Chinese elite politics
  • The Communist Party of China
  • Chinese international relations
  • Taiwanese issues
  • Chinese political economy

Past experience

  • 2015-present, Professor of Chinese studies, and director, Lau China institute, King’s College, London
  • 2012-2015, Professor of Chinese politics and director, China studies centre, University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2006-2012, Associate, Senior Fellow, then Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House
  • 1998-2005, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • 1994-1996, Teacher, Inner Mongolia, China