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Dr David Kerr, MA, MPhil, MSc, PhD (Glasgow)

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Biography and Research Specialism

David Kerr is Lecturer in the International Relations of China. He joined Durham University in 2002 after studying and teaching at the University of Glasgow. He is a Research Associate of Durham University's Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and was Director of the Centre 2009-13.

David Kerr specialises in three areas: the foreign relations of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation; the security politics of Asia; and international relations between China and the European Union.

Research Supervision

Current supervision
R. Contreras Luna (Mexico) 'Siberia and the Asian Century'; S. Uslu (Turkey) 'Turkey's Enery Relations with Africa'; G. Charles (UK) 'Acculturation of Hui populations in Qinghai'; Y. Kim (ROK) 'China's Public Diplomacy and Africa'.

Successful defences:
D. Amaraegbu (Nigeria) 'Corruption strategies in West Africa'; G. Filis (Greece) 'Geopolitics of the Caucasus'; C. Wu (PRC) 'China's Economic Statecraft'; A. Aborhmah (Saudi Arabia) 'The Saudi-China Strategic Partnership'; R. Bouveng (Sweden) 'Messianism in Russian Foreign Policy'; M.T.Khan (Pakistan) 'Missile Regime for South Asia'; Y. Yu (PRC) 'Political Contestation in China'; N. Al-Tamimi (Palestine) 'China's Oil Strategy and the Partnership with Saudi Arabia'; S.Fergus (UK) 'US foreign policy pluralism and China'; M. Drake (USA) 'China's entrepreneurs and democratic change'; H. Wu (Taiwan) 'Confucian Cultures and East Asian Democracy'; Y. Xu (PRC) 'China and International Responsibility in Africa'; P. Powcharoen (Thailand) 'North Korea and Rational Deterrence'; M. Sunuodula (UK) 'Multilingual education policy in Xinjiang'; S. Chen (PRC) 'Trust and mistrust in China-Japan relations'.


Research Interests

  • Security and Diplomacy of China and the Russian Federation
  • Strategic Asia
  • Europe-China relations


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