Dr Stephen Noakes

BA(Hons), MA, PhD


Dr Noakes is Senior Lecturer of Chinese Politics, jointly appointed to Politics and International Relations and Asian Studies. His research has appeared in journals such China Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, Voluntas, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Problems of Postcommunism, Political Science Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is also the author of The Advocacy Trap: Transnational Activism and State Power in China (Manchester University Press, 2017), a regular commentator on China's role in international affairs, and a frequent advisor to the aid community on governance issues in the PRC. Prior to joining the University of Auckland, he was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and a Visiting Research Scholar at Fudan University’s School of International Relations and Public Affairs in Shanghai. In 2018, he wil be a visiting NZ-China Fellow at the School of International Studies at Peking University.

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Research | Current

  • Contemporary Chinese politics (particularly popular resistance and political economy) and foreign policy
  • Transnational advocacy/global civil society
  • Human rights
  • Democratization

Teaching | Current

POLITICS 701 Research Design in Empirical Political Enquiry

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Noakes is happy to hear from prospective students with an interest in contemporary Chinese politics (particularly in the areas of popular resistance and political economy), transnational advocacy, human rights, and democratization, as well as other “big think” questions in comparative and international politics.

PLEASE NOTE: Dr Noakes receives an extraordinarily high volume of enquiries from well-qualified candidates at the MA and PhD levels. In addition to an internationally competitive GPA, it is strongly recommended that applicants have a polished statement of interest--with a clear and well-justified research question and which meets a professional standard of writing--prior to applying.

Areas of expertise

Chinese politics and foreign policy, theories of institutional change, transnational mobilization, state-society relations, international democracy promotion.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Burton, C., & Noakes, S. (2016). Forging Free Trade with China: The Maple Leaf and the Silver Fern. Pacific Affairs: an international review of Asia and the Pacific, 89 (4), 839-858. 10.5509/2016894839
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32292
  • Noakes, S., & Ford, C. (2015). Managing Political Opposition Groups in China: Explaining the Continuing Anti-Falun Gong Campaign. China Quarterly, 223, 658-679. 10.1017/S0305741015000788
  • Noakes, S. (2014). Civil Society and Social Welfare After the Third Plenum. In P. Harris (Ed.) China at the Crossroads : what the third plenum means for China, New Zealand and the world (pp. 72-76). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.
  • Noakes, S. (2014). The Role of Political Science in China: Intellectuals and Authoritarian Resilience. Political Science Quarterly, 129 (2), 239-260. 10.1002/polq.12179
  • Noakes, S. (2014). "Kill Fewer, Kill Carefully". Problems of Post-Communism, 61 (3), 18-30. 10.2753/PPC1075-8216610302
  • Noakes, S. (2012). Transnational Advocacy Networks and Moral Commitment: The Free Tibet Campaign Meets the Chinese State. International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis, 67 (2), 507-525. 10.1177/002070201206700218
  • Noakes, S. (2010). Falun Gong, Ten Years On. Pacific Affairs, 83 (2), 349-357. 10.5509/2010832349


Contact details

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Mobile: 0210734706

Office hours

Mondays, 11am-1pm.

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