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


  • The Critical Transition: China’s Priorities for 2021et al, Research Paper, February 2017
  • China's CEO: Xi Jinping (forthcoming)
  • The EU-China Relationship: European Perspectives: A Manual For Policy Makers, (editor) Imperial College Press, London and Singapore, 2015 
  • What's Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China, Penguin London, 2015 
  • China and the EU In Context: Insights for Investors and Business, (editor), Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
  • Carnival China: Essays on the Era of Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, 2014
  • The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China : I B Tauris, London and New York, 2014
  • Editor in chief of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, published in three volumes, 2014
  • China and the EU in Context: Insights for Business and Investors, (ed), Palgrave MacMillan, London, 2014
  • Shanghai 2020: The City’s Vision for its Future, (2014)
  • Contemporary China, Palgrave MacMillan, London, 2013
  • The Communist Party of China and the One Party State, in Chris Ogden (ed) Handbook of Chinese Governance and Domestic Politics, Routledge, London, 2012
  • The Chinese Military: Its Political and Economic Function (with Claude Zanardi), in Anna Stavrianakis and Jan Selby (ed), Militarism and International Relations: Political Economy, Security, Theory, Routledge, London, 2012
  • Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Leader, (2012)
  • Taiwan and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: Parallels and Divergences, Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, Volume 4, December 2012
  • The Communist Party of China and Ideology, in China: An International Journal, Vol 10, No 2, August 2012
  • Chinese Overseas Investment the European Union, in The International Spectator, Vol 47, No 2, June 2012
  • The Insider: Meet Xi Jinping Foreign Policy, February 2012
  • Britain's Relations with China Under New Labour: Engagement and Repulsion in Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth (eds), British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years, Palgrave MacMillan, London, 2011
  • China 2020: The Coming Decade (ed), Chandos Publishing, Oxford, 2011
  • Ballot Box China: Grassroots Democracy in the Final Major One Party State Zed Books, April 2011
  • Trying to Read the New 'Assertive' China Right with Loh Su Hsing, Programme Paper, January 2011
  • China: Between Global Responsibilities and Internal Transitions in R Niblett (ed) America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership, Wiley-Blackwell/Chatham House, 2010
  • Chinese Soft Power Diplomacy in the 21st Century in Shaun Breslin (ed) Handbook of China's International Relations, Routledge, London, 2010
  • The EU and China: Time for a Change? with Stanley Crossick, Chatham House Programme Paper, November 2009
  • The DPRK and China: Hard Choices with Duan Ruoshi, Chatham House Programme Paper, October 2009
  • Chinese Capitalism at a Crossroads International Affairs, 85/4, 2009
  • China in Africa - Preparing for the Next Forum for China Africa Cooperation with Dr Zhang Chun, Chatham House Briefing Note, June 2009
  • Options for a Democratic Taiwan Briefing Paper, Chatham House, March 2009
  • Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China (2009) 
  • Thirty Years On - China Celebrates the Reform Process Briefing Note, Chatham House, October 2008
  • The Rise of the Dragon: Chinese Inward and Outward Investment in the Reform Era, (2008)
  • Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century, (2007)
  • The Purge of the Inner Mongolia Peoples Party, (2006)