Martin Thorley is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He is also an Editorial Assistant for China submissions at the university’s Asia Research Institute. Martin explores international interactions with the Chinese Party-state, focusing predominantly on Sino-British relations at present. His research employs elite theory to consider the strategies and rationales of the actors of various nations and regions engaging with China. He also applies elite theory to Chinese Party-state efforts to project influence abroad. 

Prior to academia in the UK, Martin studied at Tianjin University before establishing a recruitment group in Beijing. The company assisted Chinese and China-based groups to recruit experts from outside China. This position led to interaction with a range of Chinese officials and industry leaders.

Last Updated: August 23, 2018



We Need to Be Careful about How We Use the Word ‘Chinese’

Martin Thorley
In recent years, the growing reach of the Chinese Communist Party’s (C.C.P.’s) political influence abroad has prompted numerous countries to reappraise their engagement with China. Optimism about Chinese convergence with international norms has been...