Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Liu Hong

Chair, School of Social Sciences
Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration
Professor, School of Social Sciences

Prof Liu Hong

Prior to joining NTU in September 2010, Professor Liu taught at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the National University of Singapore from 1995 to 2006. He was awarded tenure in August 2000 and subsequently promoted to associate professor. He served as Assistant Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS between 2002 and 2005. From July 2006 to September 2010, Professor Liu was the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies and Chair Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Manchester, where he was also Head of the Department of East Asian Studies and Academic Director of the UK Study China Programme, which was funded by the British government with £2.2 million. He is presently Tan Kah Kee Endowed Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Social Sciences’ Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme.

Professor Liu has served, since July 2011, as Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), which expanded rapidly over the last six years in terms of programme offerings, number of faculty and students, and research grant success record. He spearheaded the establishment of the History Programme and the National Arts Council-NTU Chinese Writers-in-Residency Programme in 2012, the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme in 2013, the Philosophy Programme in 2014, and the MA in Translation and Interpretation in 2016.

Since January 2014, Professor Liu has concurrently served as Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration which has trained over 15,000 government officials from China and Southeast Asia and as Executive Director of the Lien Legacy Fellowship Programme. In his capacity as Chairman of the Nanyang Consulting Co., he assists the NTU senior management pertaining to the University’s engagement with China, including the overall management of NTU representative offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

Professor Liu’s research areas include Asian governance, Sino-Southeast Asian relations, international migration, and global talent management. He has authored/edited 15 books and about 100 academic articles, including in leading international journals such as World Politics, Journal of Asian Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Nature and Culture, Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. His publications also appear in the French, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Korean languages.

Professor Liu has held a number of visiting professorship/fellowship appointments, including at Harvard, Kyoto, Peking, Amsterdam, and Stockholm Universities. His professional and public service include serving as Vice President of the Asian Association of World Historians, Vice Chairman of the Universities’ China Committee in London, Academic Advisor for the London School of Economics (China in Comparative Perspective Network), and Member of the China Studies Syllabus Development Committee (Singapore Ministry of Education). He is presently Editor of Journal of Chinese Overseas (Boston and Leiden) and co-editor of the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (Singapore), and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge), Asian Review of World History, Journal of Technology Management in China (Emerald, UK), Routledge Monograph Series The Chinese World (London and New York), and Brill Chinese Overseas Monograph Series (Boston and Leiden).
Research Interests
Current Research Areas
• China rising and implications for Southeast Asia
• Chinese international migration, nationalism, transnationalism
• Transnational knowledge transfer and dynamic governance in the Global South (with special reference to China, Southeast Asia and Africa)
• Global talent strategies and management
Current Projects
  • Globalisation, Brain Circulation, And Competition For International Talents: A Comparative Study Of Asian, European AndNorth American Experiences And Policy Implications
  • Integrating Through Mobility: Cross-Border Migration And Transnational Networks Between China, Japan And Singapore
  • Plural Co-existence and Asian Sustainability: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives
  • Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in Comparative Perspective
Selected Publications
  • Hong Liu and Els van Dongen. (2016). China’s Diaspora Policies as a New Mode of Transnational Governance. Journal of Contemporary China, 25(102), 805-821.
  • Hong Liu. (2016). Opportunities and Anxieties for the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia. Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, 115(784), 312-317.
  • Zhou, Min and Hong Liu. (2016). Homeland Engagement and Host-Society Integration: A Comparative Study of New Chinese Immigrants in the United States and Singapore. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 57(1), 30-52.
  • Liu Hong. (2012). Beyond a Revisionist Turn: Networks, State and the Changing Dynamics of Diasporic Chinese Entrepreneurship. China: An International Journal, 10(3), 20-41.
  • Liu Hong. (2011). An Emerging China and Diasporic Chinese: Historicity, State and International Relations. Journal of Contemporary China, 20(71), 856-876.

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