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Kerry Brown

Professor of Chinese Studies

Kings College London

Lau China Institute

Faculty: Expert contributors

London, United Kingdom

Areas of expertise

  • Economics and finance
  • Public policy

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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. 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.

Prof Brown directed the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN), giving policy advice to the European External Action Service, between 2011 and 2014. He is the author of over 10 books on modern Chinese politics, history and language. These include The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (2014), What’s Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China (2015), and the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (in Four Volumes- 2014-2015). His latest book (CEO, China: Xi Jinping) was published in 2016.

ANZSOG programs

Prof Brown teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

China Reciprocal Program

Selected publications

Brown, K. (2016). CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping. IB Tauris.

Brown, K., & van Nieuwenhuizen, S. (2016). China and the New Maoists. London: Zed Books.

Brown, K. (2016). Foreign Policy Making under Xi Jinping: The Case of the South China Sea. Journal of Political Risk, 4(2).

Brown, K., & Bretherton, H. (2016). Australian relations with China and the USA: the challenge of grand strategies. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70(1), 1-5.

Brown, K. (2016). A response to Francis Fukuyama’s ‘reflections on Chinese governance’. Journal of Chinese Governance, 1(3), 392-404.

Brown, K. (2015). Factions in modern Chinese politics: A help or a hindrance? Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 47, 61-72.

Brown, K. (2015). Contemporary China, 2nd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brown, K., & Beatson, S. (2016). The European Union and China: The Need for a More Politicised Relationship. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 3(3), 412-419.

Brown, K. (2015) Australia’s Hidden Ambassadors. In Global Networks: Transforming How Australia Does Business, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Melbourne, November, p 69-78.

Brown, K. (2015). What’s Wrong With Diplomacy? The future of diplomacy and the case of China and the UK. Penguin.