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Dr Gordon C.K. Cheung, MSc (Bristol), PhD (Chinese University of Hong Kong), FHEA

Associate Professor in International Relations of China in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45682
Room number: IM207, Al-Qasimi Building

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Gordon Cheung began his teaching at Durham University in 2002. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies in the School of Government & International Affairs. He has been editing the journal East Asia: An International Quarterly (Springer) since 2004. He previously taught/carried out research at the Academia Sinica, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hawaii, University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, National University of Singapore, Oxford University, Renmin University, Tsinghua University, University of Tubingen and World Intellectual Property Organization.

His research focuses on China and the global political economy, Chinese business networks and the political economy of Chinese food. On China and the global political economy, for example, the research of the intellectual property rights in China examines the politics of trade, counterfeiting and protection of IPR in China. Research results were published in book form, academic articles and also in policy papers informing governments and decision-makers. The project was also benefitted from research carried out in the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva and Renmin University in China as well as two visiting fellowships in the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore. 

On Chinese business networks, the project on Taiwanese business (Taishang) and cross strait relations was benefitted from the research grant of the British Academy/Academia Sinica programme and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. The research results of the project were published in book form (including translation from English into Chinese) and leading journal papers. 

On the political economy of Chinese food, he has been working on shark fin business and the Chinese food enterprises in the UK. The research funding for shark fin project was benefitted from Lingnan University Research Grants. The research team members of both projects involve the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Malaya. Major findings of these two projects were published in leading academic journals.

Within the School, he has been Admission Tutor (2006-11), IR/IPE Cluster Seminar Convener (2008-09), Conference and Event Coordinator (2011-12); Deputy Director of Research (2012-15) and Chair of Ethics and Risk Committee (2014-17). He is currently Director of Undergraduate Education (2018-now) and Director of Teaching and Learning (2018-now).

Beyond Durham, he was appointed as the Academic Advisory Board member of the Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies at Tsinghua University (2014-now). He served as the Advisory Board Member of the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at the University of Tubingen (2008-now). He was appointed as Non-Panel Reviewer of the Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme of the Central Policy Unit (CPU) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government (2014-now). He has been serving as the Editorial Board Member of Global Studies Journal in Hong Kong (2012-now). He was the External Examiner of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Nottingham University for the UG and MA programmes in UK and Ningbo campuses, and has been external examiner for PhDs at Cambridge University, Essex University, Glasgow University, Oxford University, and the University of Western Australia. He previously served as Rapporteur for the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), UK. He also served as the Secretary of the Overseas Chinese Studies Foundation in Hong Kong. 

With media, he was interviewed by Al-Jazeera, Asia Plus, Associated Press Television, ATV, BBC, Cable TV, Channel NewsAsia, China Daily (Hong Kong), Chinese Television Network, Danish Information Daily, Europe’s World, HKCB, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Hong Kong Standard, Ming Pao, Monocle 24, Newsweek, Nomura Research Institute (Hong Kong), Phoenix Hong Kong Channel, Pravda, Reuters (Hong Kong), RTHK, Scientias, The Asian Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong), The People's Daily (Hong Kong), Time (Hong Kong), TVB, UKChinese Journal, United Daily News (Hong Kong), Yazhou Zhoukan, etc.

Research Groups

School of Government and International Affairs

  • Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • Nations, Nationalisms and Diasporas

Research Interests

  • China-Taiwan relations
  • China-US relations
  • Hong Kong-China relations
  • Chinese international political economy
  • Chinese business and development
  • Chinese diaspora

Teaching Areas

  • China in the Global Political Economy (L3)

  • Political Economy and Development of Chinese Business (MA)

  • Politics of Pacific Asia (L2)

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2018). China in the Global Political Economy: From Developmental to Entrepreneurial. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2009). Intellectual Property Rights in China: Politics of Piracy, Trade and Protection. London: Routledge.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2009). Zhongguo yinsu: dazhonghuaquan de jihui yu tiaozhan (China Factors: Political Perspectives and Economic Interactions) (Chinese translation). Taipei: Wunan.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2007). China Factors: Political Perspectives and Economic Interactions. New Jersey, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (1998). Market Liberalism: American Foreign Policy toward China. New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction Publishers.

Chapter in book

  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2015). 'Social Science Infrastructure: Eastern Asia and Pacific (Social Science Academies and Related Organizations)'. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition). James D. Wright (editor-in-chief) Oxford: Elsevier. 22: 637-642.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2015). ‘Er ci dazhan qian taigu yanghang zai zhongguo de duice gonglue’ (The Strategy and Policy of John Swire Co. in China before 1945). In Weiji guantou jiazu qiye de yingdui zhi dao (Facing the Crisis: Ways and Resolution of Family Businesses). Ed. by Zheng, Victor and & Chow, M. K. Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Books Co. 173-191.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2015). Let The Hundred Businesses Donate (bai shang qi juan): The New Chinese Ways of Philanthropy, Traditional Values and the US Model. In China's Many Dreams: Comparative Perspectives on China's Search for National Rejuvenation. Kerr, David Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 132-155.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2013). 'Jiazu qiye yu funu: Guoji zhengzhi jingji xue de shiye' (Family Business and Women: New Perspective from International Political Economy)'. In Caide zhijian: Huaren jiazou qiye yu funu (Between Leadership and Ethics: Chinese Family Business and Women). Ed. by Leung, Christopher and & Zheng, Victor. Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Books Co. 234-247.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2011). 'The Significance of the Overseas Chinese in East Asia.'. In Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism. Beeson, Mark, Stubbs, Richard & eds. London: Routledge.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2008). 'Contested International Relations Theory and China’s Constructing Regional Entitlement'. In China and the New International Order. Wang Gungwu & Zheng Yongnian London: Routledge. 187-202.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. & Luk Feyun (2003). ‘Chaoyue guojia di xuni minzu,’ (Beyond Nation-state: Virtual Nation). In Dongmeng riben yu zhongguoren (ASEAN, Japan and Chinese). Lim Hua Sing, Nyaw Mee-kau & eds. Singapore: World Scientific. 593-616.

Journal Article

  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2017). 'Fighting Global Inequality with Chinese Characteristics: The Role of the Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs)'. China's World 2(1): 39-51.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. & Gomez, Edmund Terence (2016). When Margaret Thatcher met the Chinese: UK’s SMEs policies in the 1980s and the case of See Woo Holdings. Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies 8(3): 335-354.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2015). Promoting Europe worldwide. Europe's World #31 Autumn 2015: online article.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. & Gomez, Edmund Terence (2012). 'Hong Kong’s Diaspora, Networks, and Family Business in the United Kingdom: A History of the Chinese “Food Chain” and the Case of W. Wing Yip Group'. The China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China 12(1): 45-72.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. & Chang, Chak Yan. (2011). 'Cultural identities of Chinese business: networks of the shark-fin business in Hong Kong.'. Asia Pacific Business Review 17(3): 343-359.
  • Xiao, Ren & Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2011). Sources and Transitions of Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction. East Asia: An International Quarterly 28(3): 169.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2010). 'New Approaches to Cross-Strait Integration and Its Impacts on Taiwan's Domestic Economy: An Emerging "Chaiwan"?'. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 39(1): 11-36.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2010). 'The 2008-2009 Global Financial Fallout: Shanghai and Dubai as Emerging Financial Powerhouses?'. Asian Politics & Policy 2(1): 77-93.
  • Gomez, Edmund Terence & Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2009). 'Family Firms, Networks and "Ethnic Enterprise": Chinese Food Industry in Britain.'. East Asia: An International Quarterly 26(2): 133-157.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2009). ‘Governing Greater China: Dynamic Perspectives and Transforming Interactions’. Journal of Contemporary China 18(58): 93-111.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2009). ‘Made in China vs. Made by Chinese: Global Identities of Chinese Business’ An Introduction. Journal of Contemporary China 18(58): 1-5.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2008). 'International Relations Theory in Flux in View of China’s "Peaceful Rise"' (lead paper). Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies 26(1): 5-21.
  • Cheung Gordon C.K. (2006). 'But Questions Persist Over 'Shared Values'' A Commentary on 'China and Europe Together Could Break the Mould of Global Politics'. Europe's World (3): 35-39.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2006). 'Hong Kong’s Information Technology after 1997 and the case of 3G Mobile Licences “Auction” in 2001.'. China: An International Journal 4(2): 314-326.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2005). 'Involuntary Migrants, Political Revolutionaries and Economic Energisers: a history of the image of overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia'. Journal of Contemporary China 14(42): 55-66.
  • Cheung Gordon C.K. (2004). 'Chinese Diaspora as Virtual-Nation: Interactive Roles between Economic and Social Capital'. Political Studies 52(4): 664-684.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. & Chang, Chak Yan (2003). 'Sustainable Business versus Sustainable Environment: A Case Study of Hong Kong Shark Fin Business'. Sustainable Development 11(4): 223-235.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2003). ‘Jiu qi hou ziang gang di gao ke ji zheng ce: wen ti yu taio zhan’ (Hong Kong’s High-tech Policy after 1997: Problems and Challenges). Dong ya ji kan (East Asia Quarterly) 34(2): 1-12 (lead article).
  • Nyaw, Mee-kau, Cheung,Gordon C. K. & Chang, Chak Yan (2001). 'Money Migration-An Assessment of ASEAN's Investment in China with Special Reference to Overseas Chinese Investment after 1979'. The Journal of World Investment 2(3): 439-455 (lead article).
  • Cheung,Gordon C.K. (2001). 'Quan qiu hua yu zhong mei quan xi di fa zhan (Sino-American Relations under Globalization: Trends and Development)'. Dang dai zhong guo yan jiu (Modern China Studies) 74: 132-140.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (1999). The Political Economy of Social Cost Analysis in Sino—American Disputes over Intellectual Property Rights. The Journal of World Intellectual Property 2(2): 189-207.

Book review

  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2018). Dancing with the Devil: The Political Economy of Privatization in China. By Lin, Yi-min. Oxford University Press, 2017. The Politcial Quarterly 89(3): 511-512.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2012). Transnational Competence: Empowering Professional Curricula for Horizon-rising Challenges. By Koehn, Peter H and Rosenau, James N. Boulder, CO and London: Paradigm. International Affairs 88(4): 898.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2011). Chinese Family Business and the Equal Inheritance System: Unravelling the Myth. By Zheng, Victor. London Routledge, 2010. The China Quarterly 205: 179-180.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2010). Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China. By Dimitrov, Martin K. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Journal of Asian Studies 69(4): 1186-1187.

Edited Journal

  • Ren, Xiao and & Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2011). 'Sources and Transitions of Chinese Foreign Policy' (Special Issue), with An Introduction. East Asia: An International Quarterly, 28 (3).
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2009). 'Made in China vs. Made by Chinese: Global Identities of Chinese Business' (Special Issue), with An Introduction. Journal of Contemporary China, 18 (58).
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2004). 'Greater China and Regional Governance: Problems and Prospects' (Special Issue), with An Introduction. East Asia: An International Quarterly, 21 (1).

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2018). China’s new global economic footprints keep testing the belief in the role between the market and the state. ElgarBlog.
  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2018). The US could learn to like China’s new IP strategy. East Asia Forum.


  • Cheung, Gordon C. K. (2012). ‘China’s New Endeavour to Protect Intellectual Property Rights.’ EAI Background Brief No. 752, 6 September 2012. Singapore: National University of Singapore.
  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2006). 'China's Intellectual Property Rights Protection after WTO - What has been the Progress?'EAI Background Brief No. 280. 12 April 2006. Singapore: National University of Singapore.

Working Paper

  • Cheung, Gordon C.K. (2006). 'Identity: In Searching the Meaning of Chineseness in Greater China'. Copenhagen Discussion Paper 10 (May 2006) 1-30.

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Regional politics: He is an expert in Greater China political economy(China, Hong Kong and Taiwan). He is also specialised on Chinese diaspora and business relations.