Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Liu Hong
Associate Vice President, International (Liaison & Coordination)
Tan Lark Sye Chair Professorship in Public Policy and Global Affairs
Professor, School of Social Sciences
Professor, School of Humanities (Courtesy Appointment)
Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA)
Prior to joining NTU in September 2010, Professor Liu taught at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the National University of Singapore from 1995 to 2006. He was awarded tenure in August 2000 and subsequently promoted to associate professor. He served as Assistant Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS between 2002 and 2005. From July 2006 to September 2010, Professor Liu was the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies and Chair Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Manchester, where he was also Head of the Department of East Asian Studies and Academic Director of the UK Study China Programme, which received £2.2 million funding from the British government. He is presently Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor in Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences.

From 2011 to 2017 Professor Liu served as Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), which expanded rapidly to become the largest school at NTU in terms of number of faculty and students. It was reorganized as the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences (SSS) in 2017, and Professor Liu served as Chair of SSS till 2020.

Since January 2014, Professor Liu has concurrently served as Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration which has trained over 18,000 government officials from China, Southeast Asia and beyond, and as Executive Director of the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship Programme. In his capacity as Chairman of the Board of the Nanyang Consulting Co., he assists the NTU senior management pertaining to the University’s engagement with China, including the overall management of NTU representative offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

Professor Liu’s research areas include Asian governance, Sino-Southeast Asian relations, international migration, and global talent management. He has authored/edited more than 25 books and over 100 academic articles, including in leading international journals such as World Politics, Journal of Asian Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Nature and Culture, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Global Policy, and Ethnic and Racial Studies . His publications also appear in the French, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Korean languages.

Professor Liu has held a number of visiting professorship/fellowship appointments, including at Harvard, Kyoto, Osaka, Peking, Amsterdam, and Stockholm Universities. His professional and public service include serving as Vice President of the Asian Association of World Historians, Vice Chairman of the Universities’ China Committee in London, and Member of the China Studies Syllabus Development Committee (Singapore Ministry of Education). He is presently Editor of Journal of Chinese Overseas (Boston and Leiden) and International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (Singapore), and Routledge Monograph Series Public Governance in Asia, and is on the editorial board of Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge), Asian Review of World History, Routledge Monograph Series The Chinese World (London and New York), and Brill Chinese Overseas Monograph Series (Boston and Leiden), among others.

Professor Liu was awarded the Singapore National Day Public Administration Medal (Silver) in August 2021 and received Singapore Ministry of Education Service to Education Award in 2019. He was voted by the students of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration as the Best Teacher in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Current Research Areas
• China rising and implications for Asia
• Chinese international migration, nationalism, transnationalism
• Transnational knowledge transfer and dynamic governance in the Global South (with special reference to China, Southeast Asia, and Africa)
• Global talent strategies and management
  • Globalisation, Brain Circulation, And Competition For International Talents: A Comparative Study Of Asian, European And North American Experiences And Policy Implications
  • Integrating Through Mobility: Cross-Border Migration And Transnational Networks Between China, Japan And Singapore
  • Plura Co-existence And Asian Sustainability: Interdisciplinary And Comparative Perspectives
  • Research on Improving Business Environment for Guangzhou Development District and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City
Singapore National Day Award Public Administration Medal (Silver) in August 2021
Singapore Ministry of Education Service to Education Award in 2019