Associate Fellow, Asia Programme
Kerry Brown
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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, directing the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) from 2011 to 2014. 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 PhD in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University.


  • China's economics and politics
  • Relations among East Asian countries
  • Mongolia, Cambodia, Indonesia and North Korea


  • Executive Director, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney, and Professor of Chinese Politics
  • 2011-14, Leader, Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN)
  • Research Associate, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS
  • Senior Fellow, China Policy Institute, Nottingham University
  • Senior Fellow, LSE Ideas Centre 
  • Affiliated Scholar, Mongolia and Inner Asian Studies Unit, Cambrigde University
  • 2006, Associate Fellow; 2010, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
  • 2003-05, Head, Indonesia East Timor Section, FCO
  • 2000-03, First Secretary, FCO, Beijing