The Department encourages and supports research on China’s international relations. Together with staff from other XJTLU departments they organise and participate in international research projects: Beyond the China Threat (with Tokyo University) soon to appear in the pages of The Pacific Review and China and Central Europe, designed for the Journal of Contemporary China.
The Department of International Relations was established in 2018. Our common purpose is to ask important questions about the world for their own worth and, where appropriate to extend inquiry into applied social science and policy. During the five-year establishment phase the department will develop as a centre of internationally recognized and impactful research. It will give emphasis to China’s relations with the world, including the place of the Jiangnan region in the national, transnational and international context, but its research will also reflect the interdisciplinary interests possessed by its faculty and motivated by free enquiry. The department embraces an interdisciplinary approach to International Relations, and we will proactively seek to push beyond the narrow theoretical schools that defined the discipline in the 20th Century.
The changing world order and our department’s geographic location in Asia compels us to revise understandings of the past, interpret the present and grapple with the future. Both theoretically and empirically driven, our departmental research explores:
Regarding China’s internationalization, our research also explores the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its effects on China’s economic and foreign relations with Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Our regional expertise spans the European Union, Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Since 2015, faculty of the department collectively have published:
Research Highlights Among the notable recent achievements or ongoing projects of the Department are:
Research partners and collaborators
Global outreach is a core activity of the department, and our staff have partnered with a range of organizations and researchers around the world. The former include the German Institute for Japanese Studies: Ludwig-Maximilian’s-University Munich, Tokyo, Japan; the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong; the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; the Centre for International Business, University of Leeds, UK; the Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies, University of Nottingham, UK; the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium; and the School of Business, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. The latter includes research collaborations with faculty from the University of South Wales and the University of Leicester in the UK, Ewha Woman’s University, and the University of Duisberg-Essen and Ruhr University, Bochum, in Germany.