Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He leads the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) funded by the European Union and is an Associate Fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House, London. His main interests are in the politics and society of modern China, in its international relations and its political economy.
Educated at Cambridge (MA), London (Post Graduate Diploma in Chinese with Distinction) and Leeds Universities (Ph D), he worked in Japan and the Inner Mongolian region of China,before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London in 1998. He worked in the China Section and then served as First Secretary, Beijing, from 2000 to 2003, and Head of the Indonesia East Timor Section at the FCO from 2003 to 2005.
He is a Senior Fellow of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University and of the LSE Ideas Centre, as well as being an affiliated scholar with the Mongolia and Inner Asian Studies Unit at Cambridge University.
Kerry Brown has produced reports for the World Movement for Democracy and Fride on Democratization in China, for the UNDP on Volunteering in China, and was the Executive Director of the Liverpool Shanghai Partnership from 2008 to 2010, advising the City region on their link with Shanghai. He writes regularly for the Diplomat, Open Democracy, the China Daily, and is an Op-ed contributor to the Beijing Review. He has been published in most major newspapers, commenting on China and Asia, including the New York Times, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Australian Financial Review, the Australian, the South China Morning Post, and the Financial Times. He has also been interviewed since 2006 by the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Bloomberg, ABC and other outlets. He had undertaken consultancy for Mizuho Bank, BP, Oxford Analytica, Hakluyt, Tesco and other corporates.
He completed a Ph D at Leeds University in Modern Chinese Language and Politics in 2004, which has since been published as `The Cultural Revolution in the Inner Mongolian Region of the People's Republic of China 1966-1969: A Function of Language, Violence and Politics,' part of the Global Oriental Cambridge University Inner Asian Studies Series. He is the author of the following books:
`Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century’ (London, June 2007)
`The Rise of the Dragon – Chinese Investment Flows in the Reform Period’ (Oxford, February 2008)
`Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China' (London, 2009)
`China 2020', (edited) (Oxford, 2011)
`Ballot Box China' (London, 2011)
`Hu Jintao: China's Silent Ruler', (Singapore, April 2012)
`Contemporary China' (London, 2013)
`Shanghai 2020: The City's Vision for its Future' (Beijing and Shanghai, in Chinese and English, January 2014)
The following will be published in 2014:
`Carnival China: China in the Era of Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping', (Imperial College Press, London, May)
`The New Emperors: Power and the Party in China' . (I B Tauris, London and New York, April)
`China and the EU in Context' (Edited), (Palgrave MacMillan, London, April) `The EU and China: A Policy Toolkit' (Edited), (Imperial College Press, London, June)
Kerry Brown is also the Editor in Chief or the Berkshire Dictionary of China Biography, issued in January 2014, in three volumes:
He can be contacted on (0061)401687815