Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr Gerald Chan


Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Tel: +49 (0)203 379-5230
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-mail: chan@spam


Prof. Dr Gerald Chan onducted his research as a Senior Fellow within the framework of the joint fellowship programme 'Trans-border Cooperation in East Asia at the Regional/Global Interface' of the Institute of East-Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research from September 2017 to February 2018.

Research Project at the Centre

Silk Roads and Bullet Trains: Assessing China’s New Diplomacy

The project assesses the impact of China’s recently-launched ‘one belt, one road’ initiative on regional and global cooperation. In particular, it analyses the development of China’s diplomacy in high-speed rail that crosses borders, regions, and continents.The capability of the initiative to connect the world to promote economic growth and development will be evaluated. It is argued that a new form of development is emerging, a phenomenon which I term ‘geo-developmentalism’ or ‘geo-neo-functionalism’. Moreover, it shows that as a result of this ensuing regional and global cooperation, China is helping to nurture a new global order that presents both challenges to and opportunities for the world.

Research Interests

  • Chinese Politics and International Relations
  • Globalisation and Global Governance
  • International Organisations and Cooperation
  • East Asian Politics

Current Projects

  • China's Diplomacy (High-Speed Rail, One Belt One Road)
  • China's Role in Global and Regional Economic Governance
  • Several articles/book chapters on Chinese IR/IPE


Since 2009 University of Auckland, New Zealand
Department of Politics and International Relations
2012-2017 Chinese University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor
2006-2008 University of Durham, UK
Department of East Asian Politics
Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
Professor and Director
1991-2006 Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
1987 Griffith University, Australia
Department of Chinese Politics and History

Selected Publications

Chan, Gerald (under contract, 2017): Assessing China’s New Diplomacy: Silk Roads and Bullet Trains, Edward Elder Publishers.

Chan, Gerald (forthcoming): An Asian Perspective on International Politics and the Future of World Security, in: Anne Marie LeGlocannec et al (eds.): Transworld Book.

Chan, Gerald (2017): China's Future, CHINA JOURNAL 78: 132–3.

Chan, Gerald (2017): From Laggard to Superpower: Explaining China’s High-Speed Rail ‘Miracle’, Kokusai Mondai [International Issues], Japan Institute of International Affairs, 661 (May): 23–34 (in Japanese and English).

Chan, Gerald (2017): China’s Economic Power and the Global Financial Structure, in Li Mingjiang (ed.): China’s Economic Statecraft, World Scientific, 243–57.

Chan, Gerald (2017): China and Global Governance, in Hoo Tian Boon (ed.): Chinese Foreign Policy Under Xi, Routledge, 161–73.

Chan, Gerald (2016): International Financial Institutions, in J. Wang & W. Song (eds): China, the EU and International Politics of Global Governance, Palgrave Macmillan, 137–56.

Chan, Gerald (2016): The Rise of Multilateralism and the Remaking of Order: the Role of China, in Moon Honghua & Pu Xiaoyu (eds.): China Strategic Report, Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Press, 225–39, (in Chinese, also translated and published in Korean).

Chan, Gerald (2016): China’s New Silk Roads: a New Global Financial Order in the Making?, in Bo Zhiyue (ed.): China-US Relations in Global Perspective, Wellington: Victoria UP, 91–107.

Chan, Gerald (2015): China Eyes ASEAN: Evolving Multilateralism, Journal of Asian Security and International Relations 2 (1): 75–91.

Chan, Gerald (2015): For Richer, for Poorer: China Embraces Global Poverty Reduction, Bandung Journal of the Global South 1 (3).

Chan, Gerald (2014): China’s Economic Power and the Global Financial Structure, Harvard Asia Quarterly 16 (1): 13–18.

Chan, Gerald (2014): Capturing China’s International Identity: Social Evolution and Its Missing Links, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Summer 2014, 7(2): 261-81.

Chan, Gerald (2014): China and Small States in Food Security Governance, African and Asian Studies 13 (1 & 2): 59–79.

Chan, Gerald (2013): Power Shifts and China’s Challenges to Global Financial Governance, ASIEN 128 (July): 9–27.

Chan, Gerald, Lee, Pak K., and Chan, Lai-Ha (2012): China Engages Global Governance: a New World Order in the Making?, London and New York: Routledge.

Chan, Gerald (2006): China’s Compliance in Global Affairs: Trade, Arms Control, Environmental
Protection, Human Rights
, Singapore: World Scientific.

Chan, Gerald (Co-editor, 2000): Political Science 52 (1 June): 1–96.

Chan, Gerald (1999): Chinese Perspectives on International Relations, Basingstoke: Macmillan; New
York: St. Martin's Press.

Chan, Gerald (1998): International Studies in China: an Annotated Bibliography, Commack, NY: Nova

Chan, Gerald (1989): China and International Organisations, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.

Teaching Responsibilities

Lecturing Experiences:

  • University of Auckland, New Zealand, since 2009
  • University of Durham, U.K. 2006–2008
  • Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 1991–2006
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong 2003–2015
  • Kobe-Gakuin University, Japan 1995
  • Edith Cowan University, Australia 1990

Courses Taught:

  • China and the World
  • Chinese Politics and Government
  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • International Relations in Asia
  • Great Power Politics
  • Globalisation and Global Governance
  • International Relations and Organisations
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Comparative Politics

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Editor, Political Science Journal, 1996–2000
  • Editor, Union of Catholic Asian News, Hong Kong 1987
  • Member, research and postgraduate committees, and Board of Studies, School of Government, Durham 2006–2008
  • Advisory board member, East Asia: An International Quarterly
  • Editorial advisory board member, Political Science
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Human Securities
  • International editorial board member, Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2003–2013)
  • International advisory board member, Global Society: Journal of Interdisciplinary International
  • Relations
  • International advisory board member, International Journal of China Studies
  • Editorial board member, Antepodium, electronic journal of world affairs, NZ
  • Editorial board member, Global Studies Journal (in Chinese), Hong Kong
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Asian Securities and International Affairs
  • Editorial board member, Politics and Governance, Geneva
  • Editorial board member, Bandung: The Journal of the Global South
  • Member, review board, Journal of International Relations Research, UK
  • Adjudicator, MIR exam, Victoria University of Wellington, August 2013
  • External assessor, promotion to associate professor, Hong Kong University, 2012
  • External assessor, staff promotion to associate professors and professors, University of Malaya, 2012–2014
  • External reviewer, Mock RAE, Hong Kong Institute of Education, May 2012
  • External examiner, undergraduate programme, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong, 2008–2011
  • External examiner, undergraduate programme, Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya, 2009–2012
  • External PhD examiner, Graduate School, University of Malaya, 2011–2016
  • External PhD examiner: LSE; Oxford; Nottingham; Queensland; Western Sydney; ANU; Melbourne; Canterbury; Victoria U of Wellington; Otago; Nanyang U of Technology
  • Reviewer of numerous article submissions to academic journals
  • Reviewer, book manuscripts from Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Edward Elgar
  • Adviser, Youth Roundtable, Hong Kong

Seminars and Conferences

  • ISA Asia Pacific conference, City U of Hong Kong, 25–27 June 2016
  • China workshop, RSIS, NTU & Yunnan University, Singapore, 28 March 2016
  • Nanjing Forum, 19–21 October 2015
  • Sino-US conference, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, 8–9 October 2015
  • TED talk, Korean Foundation for Advanced Studies, Seoul, 7 August 2015
  • Shanghai Forum, 23–25May 2015
  • China workshop, University of Macau, 20–21 June 2014
  • Global South conference, City University of Hong Kong, 20–12 May 2014
  • China conference at RSIS, NTU, Singapore, 21 March 2014
  • China conference at Nanyang Technological University, 3–4 December 2013
  • Wellington conference on contemporary China, 20–22 August 2013
  • Taiwan in Dynamic Transition, University of Alberta, 22–24 May 2013
  • 5th World Forum on China Studies, Shanghai, 22–24 March 2013


  • Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK
  • Board of Studies, Masters of IR, Victoria University of Wellington
  • New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
  • International Studies Association
  • United Nations Association of New Zealand
  • Political Science Association, UK
  • British International Studies Association
  • Associate member, Hong Kong Political Science Association


  • Annual best article entitled ‘Rethinking global governance’ (co-author), Contemporary Politics, 2008
  • Toshiba International Foundation Prize 2006 for an article on ‘Japan, the West and the whaling issue,’ (co-author), Japan Forum, 2005
  • Winning debater: Durham Union Debate on the rise of China, teamed up with the Taiwan representative to the UK against the shadow British foreign minister and a former British ambassador to the U.S., 2006
  • Co-winner of the first annual prize for the best article published in Contemporary Politics in 2008, awarded by London South Bank University, founders of the journal, 2009
  • Faculty Research Development Fund, University of Auckland, 2009–2011
  • Research grant, Center for Chinese Studies, Taipei, 2009
  • British Academy research grant
  • Cultural & educational grant, Taipei Representative Office, London
  • New Zealand – Japan Educational Exchange grant, New Zealand
  • Research grants, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Freemason research grant, Hong Kong

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