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Dr Ferran Perez Mena

Assistant professor in IR of East Asia

Assistant professor in IR of East Asia in the School of Government and International Affairs


Ferran's research focuses on three main themes:

1) The transnational connections between Chinese and Western non-state actors and their impact on world politics.

2) The formation of non-Western transnational elite networks and their impact on world politics.

3) The relationship between Chinese IR scholars, the Chinese state, and the formation of Chinese ideas about world politics and world order.


Ferran was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Warwick (declined) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Open University of Catalonia (declined).


Ferran's work has also appeared in the main national Spanish newspapers such as El País, La Vanguardia, and the national Portuguese newspaper Publico.

Research interests

  • Transnational elite networks in East Asia
  • Elite studies and world politics
  • Chinese think tanks and foundations
  • Modern Chinese international thought
  • Global IR and Non-Western IR
  • Cross-Strait Relations
  • Taiwan politics
  • Historical development of capitalism in East Asia
  • International Historical Sociology
  • Social movements in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • international relations in East Asia