Dr Kingsley Edney

Dr Kingsley Edney


I joined POLIS in 2013 after completing my PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2012. I also have an MA in Politics from Melbourne and a BA(Hons) in Politics and Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington. Before coming to Leeds I taught Chinese politics at La Trobe University in Melbourne. I speak and read Chinese (Mandarin).

Research interests

I research China’s international relations with a primary focus on non-material areas of international security, such as culture, values and ideology. I am particularly interested in understanding how the Chinese Communist Party attempts to manage the globalisation of information and ideas in order to achieve its international and domestic security objectives.

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  • PhD International Relations (University of Melbourne)
  • MA Political Science (University of Melbourne)
  • BA (Hons) Political Science and Anthropology (Victoria University of Wellington)

Student education

I teach modules on China's domestic politics and international relations at both the undergraduate and MA level.

Current postgraduate researchers

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