Mr Joseph Edward Brawdy Miller

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Joseph's PhD focuses on assessing the suitability of current international relations theoretical frameworks in explaining the nationalisms officially adopted and diseminated by the Chinese Communist Party Leadership in the post-Tiananmen era.

While multiple forms of nationalism exist within China, the CCP has over recent decades promoted some while rejecting others. Process tracing examines how these decisions are made, analysing the mechanisms at work and what factors influence the thinking of the CCP leadership, with the goal of providing a clear understanding as to how and why a particular result occurred. Applying this to the formation of China's official form of nationalism can give insight as to what factors are deemed most important by the CCP leadership, which can support a certain theoretical framework as being the most appropriate in understanding contemporary expressions of Chinese nationalism by the Party leadership.

Possible applications include both the theoretical and the practical, as debate persists concerning the nature and direction of disemination in regard to Chinese nationalism, while diplomats and government officials must also consider nationalism in conducting diplomacy with China. By identifying what factors most affect the CCP's decision-making and providing an explanation in regard to its adherence to a certain form of nationalism, Joseph seeks to provide new insights in both these areas.

Research | Current

Assessing theoretical explanations of Chinese nationalisms through the processes by which they influence and are influenced by the CCP

Postgraduate supervision

Main Supervisor:

Dr. Stephen Noakes


Dr. Paul Clark

Areas of expertise

Contemporary forms/expressions of Chinese nationalism (Post-Tiananmen)

Modern Chinese politics and history (1949-present)

International Relations theory, Constructivist theory