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Research Staff: Senior Research Fellows



Dr. CHEN Chien-Hsun  (陳建


Education Background
PhD (Economics), Oklahoma State University, 1985
MS (Econs), Oklahoma State University, 1981
M.Laws (East Asian Studies), National Chengchi University, 1979
B.Laws (Public Finance), National Chengchi University, 1975


Research Interests
Macroeconomics & Monetary Economics

Economic Development

Chinese Economy


     List of Publications


Tel: (65) 6516 8335






Dr. GUO Liangping  @ GORE Lance Liangping(郭良平)


Education Background
PhD (Political Science), University of Washington, 1996
MA (Sociology), The Johns Hopkins University, 1988
BA (Literature), Beijing Normal University, 1985


Research Interests

Political Economy

Comparative Politics

Political Impact of the Market: CCP and China's Capitalist Revolution

State-Market Relations



Dr. Gore obtained his Ph. D in political science from the University of Washington and M.A. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. His research interests span a wide range of topics on China and East Asia. He has done research and published on Chinese environmental politics (around the so-called "Green GDP" experiment), the reforms in China's steel industry, energy sector, patterns of entrepreneurship in Mainland China, the economic bureaucracies of Chinese government, cadre performance evaluation, the impact of China's socioeconomic changes on the Chinese Communist Party, industrial relations in China, elite politics and the People's Liberation Army. He developed and taught courses on the Politics and Societies in Southeast Asia, the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Contemporary Chinese Politics, Chinese Foreign Policy and International Political Economy at Bowdoin College (US). He also taught contemporary Chinese politics and modern Chinese history at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in Boston. He has published a book titled "Chinese Communist Party and China's Capitalist Revolution: the Political Impact of Market" (Routledge). His book "Market Communism: the Institutional Foundations of China's Post-Mao Hyper-Growth" was published by Oxford University Press in 1998. His most recent book is Chinese Politics Illustrated: the Cultural, Social and Historical Contexts (World Scientific 2014). He is currently working on a book project on comparing the entrepreneurial roles of local governments in economic development to shed light on the so-called "China model" and the emerging shape of China's political economy.


Tel: (65) 6516 1596






Dr. HU Weixing(胡偉星)


Education Background
PhD (Political Science), University of Maryland, 1992

Master of Arts (International Relations), Johns Hopkins University, 1987

Bachelor of Law (International Politics), Peking University, 1983


Research Interests

Chinese Foreign Policy - China's Big Power Diplomacy, China's Maritime Disputes with neighbours, Sino-US Relations and Asian Regional Architecture, China's new National Security Committee.


Tel: (65) 6516 8334







Dr. LAM Peng Er  (蓝平儿)

Education Background
PhD (Political Science), Columbia University, 1994
Inter-University Centre for Japanese Studies (Yokohama) administered by Stanford University, 1991
MA (International Relations), Australian National University, 1986
Bachelor of Social Science (1st Class Hons), National University of Singapore, 1984


Research Interests

Japan's peace-building in Asia and Africa

Sino-Japanese relations

Japan-Southeast Asia relations

Japanese domestic politics





Dr. Lam Peng Er obtained his PhD from Columbia University and is a political scientist. His publications have appeared in international journals such as the Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Japan Forum and Government and Opposition: An International Journal of Comparative Politics. Lam's forthcoming book is Japan's Peace Building Diplomacy in Asia: Searching for an Active Political Role (New York and London: Routledge). Other books include Japan's Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (New York and London: Routledge, 2006) edited and Green Politics in Japan (London: Routledge, 1999). His research interest includes Tokyo's peace-building in Asia and Africa, and Japanese local politics.


     List of Publications


Tel: (65) 6516 3717





Dr. LIANG Yongjia  梁永佳


Education Background

PhD in Anthropology, Peking University, 2003

M.E. in Management, Wuhan University, 1998

B.A. in English, Wuhan University, 1995


Research Interests

Religious and Ethnic Issues in Contemporary China



China's Connection with Southeast/South Asia

Current Research: Interpreting the Chinese state as a religio-political entity by studying its policies on ethnic and religious issues, especially its policies in Tibet, Xinjiang and other ethnic areas.


Tel: (65) 6516 1573






Dr. LU Ding  陸 丁


Education Background

PhD (Economics), Northwestern University, 1991

Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1988

Master of Arts, Fudan University, 1986

Bachelor of Arts, Fudan University, 1983


Research Interests

Economic Systems

International Economics

Economic Development

Current Research: Economic Growth of China, China's Urbanization, China's Demographic Transformation.

A graduate from China's Fudan University, Dr. LU Ding obtained his PhD from Northwestern University (USA) in 1991. His research interests include international trade and investment, regional economic development, and comparative economic systems. He has published dozens of papers in peer-review journals and book chapters in dozens of academic volumes. He has authored and co-edited several books about the Chinese economy, including State Intervention and Business in China (Edward Elgar, 1997), China's Telecommunications Market (Edward Elgar, 2004), China's Economy in the New Century (World Scientific, 2002), China's Economic Globalization through the WTO (Ashgate, 2003), China's West Region Development (World Scientific, 2004). Details of his research can be found at 

Tel: (65) 6516 6059





Dr. TONG Yueting, Sarah  (仝月婷)


Education Background
PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2000

Research Interests

International Trade
Economic Growth and Development
Chinese Economy
Economic Transition
Asian Economies



Dr. Sarah Y Tong is Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego and held an academic position in the University of Hong Kong before joining NUS. Her research interests include international trade, foreign direct investment, economic reforms and industrial restructuring. Her publications have appeared in international journals such as the China: An International Journal, China and the World Economy, China Economic Review, Global Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, and Review of Development Economics.  She co-edited a book titled China and Global Economic Crisis, published by World Scientific in early 2010. She is editor for Trade, Investment and Economic Integration (Volume 2 of Globalization, Development, and Security in Asia) to be published by World Scientific (


     List of Publications


Tel: (65) 6516 3718






Dr. YOU Ji  (由 冀)


Education Background

PhD (Political Science), Australian National University, 1994
M.A., Australian National University, 1989
B.A. (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington, 1985
B.A., Beijing University, 1980


Research Interests

Chinese Politics and Government

PLA studies (changing civil-military relations and force transformation

Regional security challenges, North Korea, disputes in the East and South China Seas

Great-power relations, Sino-US, Sino-Japanese, Sino-Russo relations


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Dr. ZHAO Litao  (赵力涛)

Education Background

PhD (Sociology), Stanford University, 2004
M.A. (Sociology), Peking University, 1998
B.A. (Sociology), Peking University, 1995


Research Interests

Social stratification, sociology of education, organizational analysis, China's social policy.



Dr. Zhao Litao obtained his PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. His main research interests include social stratification and mobility, sociology of education, organisational analysis, and China's social policy. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in China Quarterly, Research in Social Stratification and mobility, International Journal of Educational Development, Built Environment, Social Sciences in China, China: An International Journal, and Frontiers of Education in China. He is the author of Paths to Private Entrepreneurship: Markets and Mobility in Rural China (VDM Verlag, 2008). With Yang Dali, he edited China's Reforms at 30: Challenges and Prospects (World Scientific, 2008). He is now working with Lim Tin Seng on another volume on China's social policy.


     List of Publications


Tel: (65) 6516 3711





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