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About the Lau China Institute

The Lau China Institute is a multi-disciplinary centre for the study of all aspects of China. It provides cutting-edge research and innovative study on contemporary China, particularly its economy, society, business and politics. 

Promoting an understanding of China that fully recognises its role as a global power, the Institute coordinates and develops China-related research capabilities and Chinese-focused programmes of study at King's, while also building links with Chinese organisations in education, the cultural and creative sectors, business and government.  

The Institute contributes to a growing interdisciplinary interest in China among both students and academics at King's. 

It undertakes three core functions:

The Institute currently has almost forty students in both categories, undertaking research in areas from China’s globalisation, to its political economy, and its culture, history, and scientific traditions.

Extensive outreach through working in partnership with organisations in the business, government, media, and public realm. King’s sits at the heart of a global city, and next to an internationally important financial centre. The Lau China Institute through events, publications, policy seminars and other activities seeks to engage with these communities and their expanding interests in China. We are keen to participate in the public debate on China within the UK and in Europe and globally.

The Lau seeks to support, through visiting researchers, academic partnerships in China, and publications the dissemination of clear, insightful and high quality research. We are particularly interested in promoting innovative, multi-discipline research, and research that can be related to policy outcomes.


Our objectives

To establish and promote King’s as a centre of excellence for the study of China and Chinese culture, to provide a focal point for PhD and post-PhD researches in the UK and in China and to host visiting distinguished scholars from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of the world.

To co-ordinate and develop programmes in Chinese Political and Social Science, Governance, International Relations, Business, Religion, Philosophy and Culture.

To fund and facilitate research, teaching, publications, and scholarly collaboration between King’s and Chinese scholars and universities.

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In line with the university’s wider equality and diversity statement, the Institute is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all of our students, staff and visitors. We aim to nurture a collegial, mutually supportive and committed culture among staff, students and visitors. We are committed to providing and promoting an environment in which all people can learn, work and interact freely without fear of discrimination, prejudice or harassment.

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