Kerry Brown is Executive Director of the China Studies Centre, and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney. He leads the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN), funded by the European Commission, and is an Associate Fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House. Prior to this he was Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House. Educated at Cambridge, London and Leeds Universities, he worked in Japan, and the Inner Mongolian region of China, before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. He worked in the China Section and then served as First Secretary, Beijing, from 2000 to 2003, and Head of the Indonesia East Timor Section at the FCO from 2003 to 2005.
He is the author of `The Cultural Revolution in Inner Mongolia’ (Global Oriental 2006), `Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century’ (Anthem 2007), `The Rise of the Dragon – Chinese Investment Flows in the Reform Period’ (Chandos 2008) and `Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China’ (Anthem 2009), Ballot Box China’ (Zed books 2011), along with an edited collection `China 2020’ (Chandos 2012). `Hu Jintao, China’s Silent Leader’ (World Scientific 2012), and `Contemporary China’ (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). He is currently working on a study of the new leadership in China to be published in early 2014, and an edited collection of papers on Europe and China, along with the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography.
He is an associated scholar of the Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies Unit at Cambridge University, a senior associate of the Nottingham University China Policy Centre, and an associate of the London School of Economics IDEES Centre.