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Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Konstantinos Tsimonis

BA (Athens), MSC, PhD (SOAS)


Konstantinos Tsimonis
Department of Politics and International Studies

Teaching Fellow

Dr Konstantinos Tsimonis
Email address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Rm 4417 Weds, Rm 221 Fri's or by appt via email
Office Hours:
Term Time: Wed 11:30-12:30 and Fri 13:30-14:30
Thesis title:
Political Representation and Mass Organisations in the People’s Republic of China: Chinese Youth and the Communist Youth League


Dr Konstantinos Tsimonis is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS. His research focuses on the adaptation strategies and dilemmas of China's authoritarian institutions, concentrating on cadre agency as a key variable explaining organisational responsiveness to societal demands. He has previously worked for the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the British Council and the Olympic Broadcasting Services in Beijing and London. In addition, he has published on current Chinese affairs, North Korea, social research methods and modern Chinese literature (translation).

PhD Research

In his PhD thesis, Dr Konstantinos Tsimonis examines a rarely explored mass organization, the Communist Youth League (CYL), as a channel for the political representation of “youth”, an officially age-defined constituency encompassing social groups that have historically been at the forefront of political movements. He analyzes qualitative and quantitative data collected across universities, enterprises and different levels of government in Beijing and Zhejiang. Criticizing “civil society” and “corporatism” as conceptual frameworks explaining the transformation of mass organizations since 1978, his research concentrates on endemic and particular factors informing cadre agency. Dr Tsimonis's thesis elevates cadre agency as a key variable informing institutional capacity for representation in China’s authoritarian context. Comparison with the All-China Women’s Federation demonstrates that particular factors shape cadre agency in distinct ways, exemplifying the regime’s inherently fragmented adaptation.

PhD Publications

  • “Social Organizations and Governance in China”, MEPIELAN Bulletin ed. 8, Oct 2013,
  • CPN annual conference, Leicester University, “Cadre agency and the representation of “youth” in the Chinese political process”, June 2013
  • Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University, Athens,  guest lecture series, “China, Modernity and Democratization”, May 2013
  • “New challenges, old recipes: communist propaganda for China’s youth” Political Reflections, Vol.3(3) June 2012
  • “New regulations governing social organizations in China : a civil society on the rise?”, Political Reflections, China Focus , No 9, Feb 2012


  • Comparative Politics with emphasis on China
  • Liberal and Marxist approaches to political representation
  • Authoritarian Institutions
  • Politics of Youth