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Professor Jinghan Zeng

Professor of China and International Studies

Jinghan Zeng

The Round House

Lancaster University



Tel: +44 1524 593185

PhD supervision

• China’s domestic politics • China’s international politics • EU-China relations, US-China relations, China-Africa relations • East Asian politics


Jinghan Zeng is a professor in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University where he holds a chair in China and International Studies. He also holds a number of leadership roles at Lancaster University including Academic Director of China Engagement and Director of Lancaster University Confucius Institute. He plays a key role in supporting the development and implementation of the University’s China strategy. Under his leadership, Lancaster University Confucius Institute received the award of “Confucius Institute of the Year” from Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing in Dec. 2019.


Previously he was a Senior Lecturer of International Relations and Director of Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East (AAME) at Royal Holloway, University of London. He also lectured at University of Warwick and De Montfort University. Before his academic career, he worked for the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York City. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). He holds degrees from the University of Warwick (PhD, completed within 2 years, 2014) and the University of Pittsburgh (MA, 2011).


Professor Zeng’s research lies in the field of politics and international relations with a focus on China. He is the author of Slogan Politics: Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Concepts (2020) and The Chinese Communist Party's Capacity to Rule: Ideology, Legitimacy and Party Cohesion (2015), available in Chinese translation (City University of Hong Kong Press, 2016). He is also the co-editor of One Belt, One Road, One Story? Towards an EU-China Strategic Narrative (Palgrave, forthcoming). He has published over twenty refereed articles in leading journals of politics, international relations and area studies including The Pacific Review, Journal of Contemporary China, International Affairs, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, and Third World Quarterly.


He draws on his research to connect with audiences beyond academia. He frequently appears in TV and radio broadcasts including the BBC, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Russia Today (RT), China Central Television (CCTV) and China Global Television Network (CGTN). He has been quoted in print/online publications including Financial Times, Forbes, South China Morning Post, PULSO and TODAY. He has written op-ed articles for The Diplomat, BBC(Chinese), The Conversation, Policy Forum among others.


Prospective PhD students who want to study Chinese domestic and international politics are welcome. 


曾敬涵,英国兰卡斯特大学政治哲学和宗教系教授,行政职务包括兰卡斯特大学孔子学院外方院长,兰卡斯特大学国际合作主管(中国)。在他任期内,兰卡斯特大学孔子学院获得教育部颁发“2019年先进孔院”称号。在加入兰卡斯特大学前,曾历任伦敦大学皇家霍洛威学院讲师和高级讲师,并在该校创建亚非和中东研究中心,开设"中国与世界"等课程。此前还曾在英国华威大学和德蒙福特大学任教。曾敬涵在英国华威大学攻读博士期间,师从英国社会科学院院士Shaun Breslin 教授,曾敬涵一年十一个月完成博士论文,并顺利通过答辩,获华威大学破格批准提前毕业。31岁获聘英国兰卡斯特大学终身职正教授,为英国最年轻的教授之一。

主要研究领域为政治和国际关系,出版中英文个人专著三本包括《Slogan Politics: Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Concepts》,编著包括《One Belt, One Road, One Story? Towards an EU-China Strategic Narrative》。在《The Pacific Review》《JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies》《International Affairs》《British Journal of Politics and International Relations》《Journal of Contemporary China》等国际顶尖政治和国际关系学术期刊发表SSCI论文22篇。 

经常就国际政治问题接受英国BBC, 卡塔尔半岛电视台,中国中央电视台,澳大利亚ABC电视台,今日俄罗斯,美国《福布斯》,英国《金融时报》,丹麦广播, 新加坡《今日报》,香港《南华早报》,《人民日报》,新华社,《光明日报》等国内外媒体采访。时事评论载于《外交学者》《BBC中文网》《The Conversation》《Policy Forum》等杂志. 学术生涯前曾就职于纽约联合国总部。

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