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
- 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
- China, Iran and the United States: Best Friends with Beijing The World Today 1 March 2010
- China: Rising Again The World Today 1 June 2009
- Chinese Capitalism at the Crossroads? International Affairs 1 July 2009
- Review article - How the other half live in modern China International Affairs 1 January 2007
- Trying to Read the New 'Assertive' China Right Research paper 24 January 2011
- Investment Across the Taiwan Strait: How Taiwan's Relationship with China Affects its Position in the Global Economy Chatham House Report 1 November 2010
- Hong Kong in the Global Economy: How the Special Administrative Region Rises to the Challenges Posed by China Research paper 14 October 2010
- China: Between Global Responsibilities and Internal Transitions Chapter from America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership 4 May 2010
- The EU and China: Time for a Change? Research paper 24 November 2009
- The DPRK and China: Hard Choices Research paper 29 October 2009
- The UK Shows Leadership, and Strategic Clarity, in Joining AIIB 20 March 2015
- Xi Jinping and the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong 29 October 2014
- Mr Xi Goes to Brussels 28 March 2014
- China 2013: A Year in Review 08 January 2014
- Communist Party’s Plenum Will Be Important, Not Transformative, for China 08 November 2013
- UK Charm Offensive in China 15 October 2013
- Bo Xilai: Rise and Fall 06 September 2013
- North Korea's Inept Move May Finally Try the Patience of China 17 April 2012
- What Bo Xilai's Sacking Reveals about China's Leadership Transition 15 March 2012
- Wen Jiabao's UK Visit: The Reformer 27 June 2011