A New Member of EATS Board



I finished my undergraduate degree in Journalism in Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in 2000, then I worked at Institute of International Relations from 2000-2002 as a research assistant in Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) where I confirmed my future research interest in the field of politics and international relations.

I graduated from the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham in 2008. My PhD research was about the interaction of Taiwanese businessmen and local Chinese governments. Tianjing, Kunshan and Dongguan were my case study cities. After my PhD, I worked as a writing-up scholar at Leiden University in 2009, where I completed my book, Taiwanese Business or Chinese Security Asset, published in 2011 by Routledge. From 2010-2011, I worked at University of Duisburg and Essen as a post-doc research fellow, I taught courses about China and East Asian studies.

From 2011-2014, I worked in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham with Professor Andreas Bieler under an ESRC-funded project, ‘Globalisation, national transformation and workers’ rights: An analysis of Chinese labour within the global economy’. From this research, I extended my interest from government/business relationship to government/business/workers relationship in China and later on in Taiwan.

I secured a tenure position in June 2014 as Assistant Professor at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, and then transferred to the School of Politics and International Relations in August 2016. I received the CCK Foundation’s support for my current research project in July 2014, ‘Chinese investment in Taiwan: Opportunities or challenges to Taiwan’s industrial development?’ This project aims to investigate bilateral cross-Strait economic activities and its impact on both societies. The project finished in December 2016. However, I am still working on relevant issues.

In the School of Politics and International Relations, I teach courses about China and East Asia economic regionalism, the international relations of China/Taiwan and the world. I also contribute to teaching comparative democratisation in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. I am responsible for the Taiwan Studies Program (TSP) in Nottingham. The activities at TSP include annual roundtable conferences in multidisciplinary fields relevant to Taiwan. In addition, we organise regular seminars and documentary screening events for staffs and students to get deeper understanding about Taiwan.

Dr Chun-Yi Lee, Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. She is a member of EATS Board, 2017–2018.