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Dr Xin  Sun
Xin Sun

Dr Xin Sun

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Senior Lecturer in Chinese and East Asian Business

Research subject areas

  • Economics
  • International development
  • Politics

Contact details


Xin Sun is Senior Lecturer in Chinese and East Asian Business. He received his PhD in political science from Northwestern University in 2014. Prior to joining King’s, he held academic positions at the University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin. He obtained a BA in Chemistry and Economics at Peking University and MA in Economics at Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Xin’s research interests include political economy and government-business relations in China, as well as research methodology. He is particularly interested in the interplay between formal and informal institutions in authoritarian regimes and how the two types of institutions jointly shape economic and policy outcomes as well as business behaviours.

His current project focuses on land politics and the housing market in China. He analyses how informal political practices affect property rights institutions and land use and regulatory behaviours. In addition, he also works on topics including private entrepreneurship and local governance in China.

For more details, please visit his website


PhD supervision

Xin welcomes enquires and applications from students who are interested in topics such as political economy and governance in China, as well as Chinese business and entrepreneurship. 

Further details

See Xin's research profile