Konstantinos Tsimonis is a Lecturer in Chinese Society at the Lau China Institute, King’s College London. He has a PhD and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, with an Onassis Foundation and an A. G. Leventis Foundation scholarship respectively). He previously taught courses on Chinese, East Asian and comparative politics at SOAS. He is a member of the editorial board of the People's Map of Global China, and of the Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies.
Kostas is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Athens and a Fellow of the Mediterranean Programme for International Environmental Law and Negotiation (MEPIELAN), Athens. His books include a monograph titled "The Chinese Communist Youth League: Juniority and Responsiveness in a Party Youth Organization" by Amsterdam University Press (Amsterdam: 2021); and "Belt and Road: The First Decade" by Agenda Publishing (London: 2022), co-authored with Dr Igor Rogelja (UCL). He is currently working with Dr Fernanda Odilla (Bologna & KCL) on an edited volume titled "Corruption and Anti-Corruption Upside Down: New Perspectives from the Global South" for the Political Corruption and Governance Series, Palgrave Macmillan.
His articles have appeared in Modern China, Europe-Asia Studies, the Chinese Journal of International Politics, the Chinese Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Youth Studies, among others. His research has been funded by the British Academy and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, among other organisations.
Konstantinos’ work concentrates on the ways institutional actors in China’s authoritarian polity (partially) adapt in order to perform new roles in the context of marketization and globalization, and their impact on policy-making, state-society relations and governance in China and abroad.
Under this broad theme, he has explored:
1) The efforts by state youth and feminist organisations in China to promote social policies on youth and women.
2) The evolution of China’s anticorruption efforts domestically and internationally.
3) The global footprint of Chinese SOEs on industrial relations and environmental standards in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Apart from his academic research, Konstantinos has also collaborated with civil society organisations and the private sector on various consultancy projects in the fields of Chinese politics, labour rights and corruption. He comments regularly on Chinese affairs in international media.
- 7YYC0021 Government and Governance in Contemporary China
- 7YYC0010 Contemporary Chinese Society: Change and Transformation
Konstantinos welcomes enquiries from prospective students wishing to conduct research in the following areas:
- Youth politics in China and the Communist Youth League
- The institutional transformation of the Chinese party-state
- Chinese civil society
- The social impact of the Belt and Road Initiative
See Konstantinos' research profile
Rogelja, I. & Tsimonis, K., 24 Nov 2022, (Accepted/In press) Newcastle: Agenda Publishing. Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review
Doyon, J. & Tsimonis, K., 14 Jul 2022, In: Europe - Asia Studies. 74, 7, p. 1123-1146 24 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2022.2089349
Tsimonis, K., 28 Jun 2021, In: China Information. Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Tsimonis, K., 11 Feb 2021, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 320 p. (China: From Revolution to Reform) Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review
Tsimonis, K., 1 Oct 2020, Ένας Αιώνας Διεθνών Σχέσεων: A Century of International Relations. Gofas, A., Giorgos, E. & Koppa, M. (eds.). Athens: Pedio Books Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Tsimonis, K., Rogelja, I., Ciuta, I., Frantzeskaki, A., Nikolovska, E. & Pesha, B., 19 May 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. 48, 2, p. 171-200 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/1868102620919861
Tsimonis, K. & Rogelja, I., Apr 2020, In: The Chinese Journal of International Politics. 13, 1, p. 103-133 31 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1093/cjip/poz019
Tsimonis, K., 29 Oct 2018, China's 19th Party Congress: Start of a New Era. Brown, K. (ed.). p. 55-88 34 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1142/Q0177
Tsimonis, K., 1 Mar 2018, In: MODERN CHINA. 44, 2, p. 170-207 38 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0097700417732561
Tsimonis, K., 10 Oct 2017, In: Asian Affairs. 48, 3, p. 580-582 2 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/03068374.2017.1362224