This project looks at China’s recent emergence as an overseas development actor through the prism of two studies. First, I am interested in unpacking the philosophical underpinnings of the ‘Beijing Consensus’. Namely, I argue that the ‘Beijing Consensus’ represents an analytical dilemma: it lacks a codified set of principles and policy tools and as such, it can be a difficult model for policy makers to utilize in their deliberation.
Philip Robins currently has two main research interests, covering issues of foreign policy analysis and illicit drugs. With respect to the former, he works mainly on Turkey. Dr Robins will be taking part in a conference in Antalya, south-east Turkey, 29-30 November this year, which in part will be discussing foreign relations. Among other things, the meeting will address bilateral topics between the UK and Turkey. View publications
Sharon Weinblum’s work focuses on Israeli politics and combines different approaches including discourse theory and political theory. Her most recent study analysed the competing narratives on the tension between security and democracy in parliamentary debates in Israel. Her current research project studies political discourses on migrant workers and asylum seekers in Israel.
Sarah Eaton is researching aspects of “state advance” (guojin) in China, a term used to describe the increasing power and wealth of large state-owned enterprises since the global financial crisis of 2008-09. One important conclusion of her research is that guojin is, in fact, a much longer-term and slower-moving process than most observers have realized. She has published results of this research project in The China Journal and Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies and is now completing a book manuscript on the subject.
In a series of presentations and articles, Paul Irwin Crookes puts forward evidence to suggest that a major inhibitor towards achieving a true strategic partnership between the European Union and China is the predominantly values-based paradigm that continues to dominate the EU’s engagement patterns with China.
China is now embracing a number of different foreign policy levers to project its interests into the international space. The country’s use of soft power, and the conceptual differences in interpretation between Chinese and European perspectives on the dynamics of soft power construction, has now become a topic of considerable importance and policy salience. In April 2013, Paul Irwin Crookes presented his latest research on this topic at an international conference organised by the College of Europe and hosted by the EU Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
In an era of unprecedented globalisation and urbanisation, migration and education have become principal strategies through which rural Chinese families pursue socio-economic mobility. Millions of rural adults now work in China’s cities, and increasingly too in developing countries, while their children stay with grandparents and other relatives and at boarding schools. Whereas in the 1990s parents sought to earn money to secure their families’ futures in the village, in the past decade, increasingly, their main objective has been to secure their children’s off-farm futures.
Owing to many parents’ preference for sons, sex ratios at birth (SRB) in China are imbalanced. During the 2000s SRB fluctuated at around 120 boys to 100 girls.