I obtained my PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political
Science in 2017. My doctoral thesis on China’s role in Global Environmental Governance was funded
by the Montague Burton Studentship and the Goodwin Scholarship, while financial support for my
fieldwork came from the Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries Award. I received my undergraduate
degree from the Hong Kong Baptist University and was the winner of Scholastic Award in 2011. I
joined Keele University in September 2019. Prior to this, I was Assistant Professor in Asian Politics at
Trinity College Dublin, working for the Department of Political Science and Trinity Centre for Asian
I am one of the co-founders of the Hong Kong Studies Association.
Research and scholarship
My research focuses on three substantial themes: global environmental governance; economic
statecraft in East Asia; and the role of emotions in international politics. These strands are linked
through the overarching question of how the rise of China is reshaping regional power dynamics in
East Asia and how China’s emergence as a superpower creates normative effects on multilateral
governance. I have presented my research at academic conferences in thirteen countries and invited
to give talks to a variety of audiences, including the European Parliament and the Irish Department
of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Wang-Kaeding, H(forthcoming) China’s Environmental Foreign Relations. Routledge
Wang-Kaeding, H and Kaeding, M 2019. Red Capital in Hong Kong , Asian Education and
Development Studies, vol. 8 (2). 149-160.
Wang-Kaeding, H 2014. “Occupy Central”, Review of Occupy Central with Love and Peace, by Tai
Yiu Ting, Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, vol.5. 168-172.
Wang-Kaeding, H. 2015. Fragmented Environmental Discourse in the People’s Republic of China:
Identity, Legitimacy, and Local Agents. In Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific. I Watson and
C Pandey (Eds.) New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Wang, H and M Kaeding. 2014. NGOs in the EU-China Environmental Diplomacy. In EU-China Green
Cooperation. E Reuter and J Men (Eds.) Singapore: World Scientific.
Wang-Kaeding, H. 2018. What does President Xi’s new phrase ‘Ecological Civilisation’ mean? China-
Full Publications Listshow
China's Environmental Foreign Relations. Routledge.2021.
Book Review: China goes green: coercive environmentalism for a troubled planet. Environmental Politics. doi>2021.
Book Review: Occupy Central with Love and Peace by Tai Yiu Ting. Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, vol. 5. link>2014.
What Does President Xi’s New Phrase “Ecological Civilisation” Mean?. link>2018.