Professor Gerald Chan



Gerald Chan obtained his PhD in Chinese politics and history at Griffith University in Australia and his MA in International Relations at the University of Kent, U.K. Gerald has taught international relations and Asian politics for 15 years at Victoria University of Wellington. He has held visiting or short-term positions at many universities, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Cambridge University, the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological Universty, Singapore, and Kobe-Gakuin University in Japan. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has been an external examiner to the politics programme at the University of Hong Kong. He is a senior research fellow of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. He sits on the international editorial / advisory board of ten academic journals, including Global Society, the Journal of Human Security, the International Journal of China Studies, and the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs. Before he joined the University of Auckland in 2009, he was Professor of East Asian Politics and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University, UK.

Research | Current

  • Chinese international relations
  • China's role in global governance
  • China's Belt and Road initiative

Gerald's key research area is Chinese international relations. He has published a number of books and many articles in this area. He is currently working on China's Belt and Road initiative, especially the digital Silk Road.

Two of Gerald's co-authored articles won the Best Essay of the Year award: one entitled "Rethinking global governance: a China model in the making?", in Contemporary Politics (2008); and the other entitled "Japan, the West and the whaling issue", in Japan Forum (2005).

Teaching | Current

POLITICS 201 Globalisation and International Organisations 

POLITICS 706 International Relations in Asia

Postgraduate supervision

Gerald Chan has supervised advanced research at the doctoral and MA thesis level on a range of areas, mostly in Chinese international relations and foreign policy.

He welcomes discussion with intending research students. Those wishing to be considered for enrolment in a PhD should contact the PhD Adviser.


From September 2017 to February 2018, he was a senior joint-fellow in the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Areas of expertise

Chinese international relations

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Chan, G. (2020). China's Eurasian Dilemmas: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power. The China Journal, 83, 228-229. 10.1086/706730
  • Chan, G. (2019). How countries react to China's Belt and Road Initiative: reflecting on Stefano Riela's 'New Silk Roads'. New Zealand Journal of Research on Europe, 13 (1), 55-61. Related URL.
  • Chan, G. (2018). Understanding China's New Diplomacy Silk Roads and Bullet Trains Introduction. EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD. Pages: 4.
  • Chan, G. (2018). Understanding China's New Diplomacy Silk Roads and Bullet Trains Conclusion. EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD. Pages: 11.
  • Chan, G. (2018). Understanding China's New Diplomacy Silk Roads and Bullet Trains Preface and acknowledgements. EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD. Pages: 10.
  • Chan, G. (2018). China's high-speed rail diplomacy. (pp. 20-42). EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD.
  • Chan, G. (2018). Explaining China's high-speed rail 'miracle'. (pp. 43-56). EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD.
  • Chan, G. (2017). China’s future. By David Shambaugh [Book review]. The China Journal, 78, 132-133. 10.1086/691649


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 513
New Zealand

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