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Professor Kerry  Brown

Professor Kerry Brown

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Director, Lau China Institute

Professor of Chinese Studies.

Research subject areas

  • History
  • International development
  • International relations

Contact details


Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London. He is an Associate of the Asia Pacific Programme at Chatham House, London, an adjunct of the Australia New Zealand School of Government in Melbourne, and the co-editor of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, run from the German Institute for Global Affairs in Hamburg. He is President-Elect of the Kent Archaeological Society and an Affiliate of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit at Cambridge University.

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 PhD in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University. Professor 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 almost 20 books on modern Chinese politics, and has written for every major international news outlet, and been interviewed by every major news channel on issues relating to contemporary China.



  • Chinese history post-1949
  • Chinese political economy
  • Chinese elite politics, particularly the function and development of the Communist part of China
  • Chinese international relations, particularly UK-China and EU-China relations
  • Taiwanese history and politics
  • Hong Kong history and politics


  • 7YYC0009 China's International Relations (1949-present)

PhD supervision

Kerry welcomes students specialising in Chinese politics, contemporary Chinese history, and Chinese or Taiwanese international relations. 

Further details

See Kerry's research profile