Edmund W. Cheng read politics and law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002-2005 and obtained his MSc in comparative politics in 2007 and PhD in government in 2015, both from the London School of Economics. He is an assistant professor at the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University and a fellow of the Institute of Future Cities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining the academia, he worked in the manufacturing and voluntary sectors in China and Hong Kong.

Chung researches contentious politics, civil society, development studies, politics of cultural heritage and urban governance with a focus on China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He has published articles in Political Studies, Social Movement Studies, The China Quarterly, Modern Asian Studies, International Journal of Heritage Studies, among others. He writes about arts and politics for Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Journal and Initium.

Chung is co-editing two books on Hong Kong politics and contentious politics. He is currently leading and co-leading three Research Grants Council projects that respectively examines the dynamics of activism in a hybrid regime, the institutional basis of voluntarism in newly industrialized societies, and implement the World Values Survey Wave 7 in Hong Kong.


Last Updated: September 7, 2016



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