Faculty and Staff


Professor Liu Hong

Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs
School of Social Sciences
Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration
School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Phone: (+65) 65923772 / 65141048
Office: HSS-05-17 & S3.2-B4
PhD (Hist & Asian Stud). Ohio University
MA (Hist & Asian Stud). Fudan University
BA (Hist). Xiamen University

Prior to joining NTU in September 2010, Professor Liu taught at the Department of Chinese Studies of the National University of Singapore from November 1995 to July 2006, and 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 was funded by the British government with £2.2 million. He is presently Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences’ Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme.

Professor Liu has served, between July 2011 and March 2017, as Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), which had developed rapidly with the establishment of new initiatives such as History Programme and National Arts Council-NTU Chinese Writers-in-Residency Programme in 2012, Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme in 2013, Philosophy Programme in 2014, and MA in Translation and Interpretation in 2016. HSS was reorganized into the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in April 2017 and he was Chair of the School of Social Sciences from 2017 to 2020.

Since January 2014, Professor Liu has concurrently served as Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration which has trained over 17,000 government officials from China and Southeast Asia and as Executive Director of the Lien Legacy Fellowship Programme. In his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nanyang Consulting Co., he oversees the overall operations of NTU representative offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

Professor Liu’s research areas include Asian governance, Sino-Southeast Asian relations, international migration, global flows of talents, and public diplomacy. He has authored/edited 15 books and about 100 academic articles, including in leading international journals such as World PoliticsJournal of Asian Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian StudiesThe China QuarterlyJournal of Contemporary China, Nature and Culture, Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 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, Peking, Amsterdam, and Stockholm Universities. He was awarded in 2007 the Eminent Yangtze Scholar Award by the PRC Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Li Kashing Foundation in Hong Kong. Professor Liu’s 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, Academic Advisor for the London School of Economics (China in Comparative Perspective Network), and Member of the China Studies Syllabus Development Committee (Singapore Ministry of Education). He is presently Co-editor of Public Governance in Asia monograp series (Routledge), Journal of Chinese Overseas (Boston and Leiden), and co-editor of the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (Singapore), and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge), Journal of Technology Management in China (Emerald, UK), Routledge Monograph Series The Chinese World (London and New York), and Brill Chinese OverseasMonograph Series (Boston and Leiden).


Research Interests

  • China rising and implications for Southeast 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


Research Grants

Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2014-2017)
Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2017-2020) 
NTU Strategic Initiative (2017-2019)


Current Projects

  1. Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in Comparative Perspective
  2. SG200: Heritage, Identity, Progress
  3. Globalization, Brain Circulation, and Competition for International Talents: A Comparative Study of Asian, European, and North American Experiences and Policy Implications
  4. Plural Co-existence and Asian Sustainability: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives


Selected Recent Publications

      1. ​​Ting-Yan Wang and Liu Hong, eds., An Emerging Asian Model of Governance and Transnational  Knowledge Transfer (London: Routledge, 2020).
      2. Gregor Benton, Huimei Zhang, Hong Liu, eds., Chinese Migrants Write Home: A Dual-Language Anthology of Twentieth-Century Family Letters (Singapore: World Scientific, 2020).
      3. Gregor Benton and Hong Liu, Dear China: Emigrant Letters and Remittances, 1820-1980 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018).
      4. Gregor Benton, Hong Liu and Zhang Huimei, eds., The Qiaopi Trade and Transnational Networks in the Chinese Diaspora (London: Routledge, 2018).
      5. H. Liu, X Fan, and G. Lim, “Singapore Engages the Belt and Road Initiative: Perceptions, Policies, and Institutions,” Singapore Economic Review, forthcoming, pp. 1-22.
      6. Hong Liu and Huimei Zhang, “Singapore as a Nexus of Migration Corridors: The Qiaopi System and Diasporic Heritage,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 29, no. 2 (2020), pp. 207-226.
      7. Hong Liu, “Transnational Asia and Its Changing Dynamics at the Turn of the 21st Century,” in Hitoshi Tanaka, ed., Historical Narratives of East Asia in the 21st Century: Overcoming the Politics of National Identity (Oxon: Routledge, 2020), pp. 134-148.
      8. Hong Liu and Guanie Lim, “The Political Economy of a Rising China in Southeast Asia: Malaysia’s Responses to the Belt and Road Initiative,” Journal of Contemporary China,  vol. 28, no. 116 (2019), pp. 216-231. [Reprinted in Suisheng Zhao ed., China’s New Global Strategy: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). London: Routledge, 2020, pp.  158-173].
      9. Na Ren and Hong Liu, “Domesticating ‘Transnational Cultural Capital’:  The Chinese State and Diasporic Technopreneur Returnees,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 45, no. 3 (2019), pp. 2308-2327.
      10. Hong Liu and Taomo Zhou, “Bandung Humanism and a New Understanding of the Global South: An Introduction,” Critical Asian Studies, vol. 51, no. 2 (2019), pp. 141-44.
      11. Hong Liu, “Global Talent Management and Higher Education Governance: The Singapore Experience in a Comparative Perspective,” in Eric Yipeng Liu, ed., Research Handbook of International Talent Management (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2019), pp. 339-363.
      12. Hong Liu and Yishu Zhou, “New Chinese Capitalism and ASEAN Economic Community,” in Yos Santasombat, ed., The Sociology of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Prospects (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 55-75.
      13. Hong Liu and Tingyan Wang, “China and the Singapore Model: Perspectives from the Mid-level Cadres and Implications for Transnational Knowledge Transfer,” The China Quarterly, no. 236 (2018), pp. 988-1011.
      14. Hong Liu, “Transnational Asia and Regional Networks: Toward a New Political Economy of East Asia,” East Asian Community Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (2018), pp. 33-47.
      15. An Emerging Asian Model of Governance and Transnational Knowledge Transfer: An Introduction,” Journal of Asian Public Policy, vol. 11, no. 2 (2018), pp. 121-135.
      16. Els van Dongen and Hong Liu, “The Changing Meanings of Diaspora: The Chinese in Southeast Asia,” in Garcia Farrer-Liu and Brenda Yeoh eds., Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 33-48
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      19. mo Zhou and Hong Liu, “Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia,” in Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China (Los Angles and London: Sage Publications, 2018), vol. 1, pp. 610-630.
      20. Hong Liu and Els Van Dongen, “China’s Diaspora Policies as a New Mode of Transnational Governance,” Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 25, no. 102 (2016), pp. 805-821.
      21. Hong Liu, “Opportunities and Anxieties for the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia,” Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, vol. 115, no. 784 (2016), pp. 311-318.
      22. Hong Liu and Gregor Benton, “The Qiaopi Trade and Its Role in Modern China and the Chinese Diaspora: Toward an Alternative Explanation of ‘Transnational Capitalism’,” Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 75, no. 3 (2016), pp. 575-594.
      23. Min Zhou and Hong Liu, “Homeland Engagement and Host-Society Integration: A Comparative Study of New Chinese Immigrants in the United States and Singapore”, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, vol. 57, no. 1 (2016), pp. 30-52.
      24. Ren Na and Hong Liu, “Traversing between Local and Transnational: Dual Embeddedness of New Chinese Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Singapore,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 24, no. 3 (2015), pp. 298-326.
      25. Bin Wu and Hong Liu, “Bringing Class Back In: Class Consciousness and Solidarity among Chinese Migrant Workers in Italy and the UK,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37, no. 8 (2014), pp. 1391-1408.
      26. Hong Liu, “Beyond Co-Ethnicity: The Politics of Differentiating and Integrating New Immigrants in Singapore,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37, no. 7 (2014), pp. 1225-1238.