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Dr Olivia Cheung

MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
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Olivia Cheung
SOAS China Institute

Research Fellow, SOAS China Institute

Dr Olivia Cheung
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Dr Cheung joined SOAS in 2020 as Research Fellow of SOAS China Institute. She is working with Professor Steve Tsang on the project ‘The Political Thought of Xi Jinping’. Prior to joining SOAS, she was Teaching Fellow in East Asian Politics and International Relations and Course Director for MA in International Politics and East Asia at the University of Warwick. She earned her D.Phil. in Politics as a Swire Scholar at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where she also obtained her M.Phil. in Politics as a Rhodes Scholar. Previously, she obtained her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government & Laws) from the University of Hong Kong as a HKU Scholar. Her D.Phil. thesis traces how factionalism, ideological conflicts, and policy entrepreneurship interacted to shape policy changes in China from the 1960s to 2010s.



Tsang, Steve and Cheung, Olivia (2021) 'Uninterrupted Rise: China’s Global Strategy According to Xi Jinping Thought'The Asan Forum, (9) 2.

Cheung, Olivia ‘Factional Model-making in China: Party Elites’ Open Political Contention in the Policy Process’. The China Quarterly, Forthcoming.

Book Chapters

Cheung, Olivia ‘An East Asian Theory of Democracy.’ In Cooke, Samantha (ed.), Non-Western Global Theories of International Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming.

Book Reviews

Cheung, Olivia (2011) ‘Book review of “Media, Social Mobilization, and Mass Protests in Post-Colonial Hong Kong” by Francis Lee and Joseph Chan’. St Antony’s International Review 8(2), pp 180-182.

Cheung, Olivia (2021) ‘Book review of “The Politics of the Core Leader in China: Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power” by Xuezhi Guo’The China Quarterly 246, pp. 605-07.

Cheung, Olivia ‘Book review of “Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and Its Challenge to the Chinese State” by Yanzhong Huang’. South African Journal of International Affairs. Forthcoming.

Conference Items

Cheung, Olivia (2019) ‘China’s Grand Strategy: Coordinating the Belt and Road Initiative’. In ‘The Belt and Road Initiative @Five’, and ‘BRI and the Silk Road’ Comprehensive Capacity-Building in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia (COMPASS) Workshop Proceedings, June, University of Kent and University of Cambridge, pp. 8-10, 13 March.

Cheung, Olivia (2018) ‘Visualizing Socialism in Postsocialist China’. In Visualising Asia: Deciphering 'Otherness' in Visual and Material Cultures Conference, SOAS University of London, 20 September.

Cheung, Olivia (2018) ‘Rural Decollectivization in China’. In British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference, 13 September.

Cheung, Olivia and Thornton, Patricia (2017) ‘Making Red Billionaire Villages: “Line Struggle” in Post-Mao China’. In New England Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, 28 January.

Cheung, Olivia (2015) ‘To the Left or to the Right? Ideological Contentions, Socialist Legacy and Local Policy Experiments in Post-Mao China’. Fourth Oxford Young Scholars’ Conference on Contemporary China, University of Oxford.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Cheung, Olivia (2020) ‘COVID-19: China’s Soft Power and an East/West Divide’. Global Policy Insights, 19 May.

Cheung, Olivia (2019) ‘The Greater Bay Area: Writing Hong Kong into the National Narrative’. East Asia Forum, 9 May.





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