Politics and International Relations


Dr Lee joined the School in January 2007. Before moving to Kent, he taught at the University of Macau and the Open University of Hong Kong for more than 10 years. At Kent, he is the Director of Studies of BA in Politics and International Relations with a year in China/Hong Kong

Contact Information


Rutherford N4.E3

Academic office hours are available on the Moodle Student Guide

Country expertise: China Languages: Cantonese Chinese [native] Mandarin Chinese [fluent]

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Trédaniel, M. and Lee, P. (2017). Explaining the Chinese Framing of the "Terrorist" Violence in Xinjiang: Insights from Securitization Theory. Nationalities Papers [Online] 46:177-195. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00905992.2017.1351427.
Lee, P. and Chan, L. (2016). China's and India's perspectives on military intervention: why Africa but not Syria? Australian Journal of International Affairs [Online] 70:179-214. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2015.1121968.
Tsang, E. and Lee, P. (2016). Raising Successful Offspring by Chinese Middle-Class Parents: A Sociocultural Approach to the Study of Class Reproduction in Urban China. Asian Journal of Social Science [Online] 44:165-186. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15685314-04401010.
Lee, P. and Chan, L. (2014). China Joins Global Health Governance: New Player, More Medicines, and New Rules? Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations [Online] 20:297-323. Available at: http://journals.rienner.com/doi/pdf/10.5555/1075-2846-20.2.297.
Tsang, E. and Lee, P. (2013). The Chinese New Middle Class and Green NGOs in South China: Vanguards of Guanxi (Connections)-Seeking, Laggards in Promoting Social Causes? China: An International Journal 11:155-169.
Lee, P., Chan, G. and Chan, L. (2012). China in Darfur: Humanitarian Rule-Maker or Rule-Taker? Review of International Studies [Online] 38:423-444. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210511000040.
Lee, P., Chan, G. and Chan, L. (2009). China's 'realpolitik' engagement with Myanmar. China Security [Online] 5:105-126. Available at: http://www.chinasecurity.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=224&Itemid=8.
Chan, L., Lee, P. and Chan, G. (2009). China Engages Global Health Governance: Processes and Dilemmas. Global Public Health [Online] 4:1-30. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1744169070152447.
Chan, G., Lee, P. and Chan, L. (2008). China's environmental governance: The domestic-international nexus. Third World Quarterly [Online] 29:291-314. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436590701806863.
Chan, L., Lee, P. and Chan, G. (2008). Rethinking global governance: A China model in the making? Contemporary Politics [Online] 14:3-19. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569770801913355.
Lee, P. (2005). China's quest for oil security: oil (wars) in the pipeline? Pacific Review [Online] 18:265-301. Available at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/09512740500162949.
Book section
Chan, G., Lee, P. and Chan, L. (2013). China's Quest for Greater Influence in Global Economic Governance: Accomplishments and Limitations. in: Huang, X. and Patman, R. G. eds. China and the International System: Becoming a World Order. Routledge, pp. 89-107. Available at: http://routledge-ny.com/books/details/9780415639668/.
Chan, L., Lee, P. and Chan, G. (2012). China's Vision of Global Governance: A Resurrection of the "Central Kingdom"? in: Mingjiang, L. ed. China Joins Global Governance: Cooperation and Contentions. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 15-33. Available at: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739176771.
Lee, P. (2007). Non-traditional Security Threats in China: Challenges of Energy Shortage and Infectious Diseases. in: Cheng, J. Y. S. ed. Challenges and Policy Programmes of China's New Leadership. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press, pp. 297-336.
Chan, G., Lee, P. and Chan, L. (2011). China Engages Global Governance: A New World Order in the Making?. [Online]. Abingdon: Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415557139/.
Total publications in KAR: 15 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Chinese politics
  • Non-traditional security threats in China, with special emphasis on energy and contagious diseases
  • China's participation in global governance

Current Projects

  • “When China Meets Global Health Governance: New Player, New Rules?” (£3,840, funded by the Centre on Global Health Security, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), United Kingdom, co-investigated with Lai-Ha Chan, UTS, Australia)

Research Supervision

Pak is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Chinese politics and international relations in general, and China’s participation in international institutions and global governance in particular;
  • The emerging powers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (known as BRICS).

Pak currently supervises the following PhD candidates:

Anisa J Heritage (from June 2014, Main Supervisor)
US Grand Strategy and Its Strategic Pivot towards Asia

Oybek Madiyev (from September 2013, Second supervisor)
The Political Economy of Japan's Nuclear Energy Policy in Central Asia: Scramble for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan's Uranium Deposits?

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