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Current Visitors to POLIS

Current Visitors at POLIS




Dr Charles I-hsin Chen is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at POLIS. He is also a research associate in the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, University of London. He received his BA in politics from National Taiwan University, MSc in development studies and PhD in economics from SOAS in 2014. His doctoral thesis identifies the driving forces behind the mass privatisation of Chinese state-owned enterprises from the late 1990s. Charles served as the spokesman of Taiwan's Presidential Office (2015-16), and the spokesman and director of international affairs in the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party (2014-15). His research interest covers a wide range of topics in China’s economic reform in the state sector, Taiwan’s party politics and election campaigns, cross-Strait political and economic relations, and the sovereignty disputes in the East and South China Seas. His current programme in the Centre for Rising Powers is to examine the legal and political impacts brought by the South China Sea arbitration on the formation of maritime governance in the South China Sea. He has over a hundred writings of editorials, columns, commentaries and letters published on Taiwan and international newspapers on various topics in recent years.


Raphaël Fèvre holds a Ph.D. in economics, major History of Economic Thought and Philosophy, from the University of Lausanne and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. From 2012 to 2017, he was teaching and research assistant at the Walras-Pareto Centre of the University of Lausanne.

Raphaël’s Ph.D. dissertation retraces the intellectual history of German ordoliberalism (1932-1950). It focuses in particular on the epistemological and philosophical foundations of economic theory and policy recommendations, and showed that “power” was a key component in the understanding of the ordoliberal political economy as a whole. Raphaël is also interested in French neo-corporatist tendencies, and his taking part in a research group on the Economic Discipline & Expertise during the Vichy regime (EDEV).

At POLIS, Raphaël intends to extend his research to the British interwar context, especially to Cambridge’s economists. Whether in the German, French or English context, his purpose is to understand how the interwar crisis of classical liberalism, as well as the dual trend of fascination and repulsion vis-à-vis rise of authoritarian European regimes, pushed economists to enlarge their conception of economic power by looking at the overall political and juridical structure of the economy.


Dr Yutaka Iwami is Professor of Politics at Kokushikan University, Tokyo, Japan. He received his PhD in Information Science from Tohoku University in Japan in 2002. He has been interested in the movement of Devolution and Regionalism in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England for more ten years. Especially, he has written several papers on Scottish Devolution, the Independence Referendum and the transformation of English regional governance. During his time at POLIS, he intends to research the meaning and features of Devolution and Regionalism in the UK from the viewpoint of comparative politics. He thinks that the UK is a unique state because firstly the UK as the state is composed of four nations, and secondly each of them has an individual history, culture and governing system. He understands that Devolution and Regionalism is political necessity to maintain the UK as the state. However, on the other hand he has one central research question why Devolution and Regionalism does not solve the trend of separation in reality and yields the more requests that each nation obtain greater levels of autonomy and power.



Martin Jacques is the author of the global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order. It was first published in 2009 and has since been translated into fifteen languages and sold 350,000 copies. The book has been shortlisted for two major literary awards. A second edition of the book, greatly expanded and fully updated, was published in 2012. His TED talk on how to understand China has had over 2 million views. He is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC.

He has previously been a Visiting Professor at Renmin University, the International Centre for Chinese Studies, Aichi University, Nagoya, and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. He was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He was until recently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at IDEAS, a centre for diplomacy and grand strategy, and a fellow at the Asia Research Centre, both at the London School of Economics. He was formerly the editor of the renowned London-based monthly Marxism Today until its closure in 1991 and was co-founder of the think-tank Demos. He has been a columnist for many newspapers, made many television programmes and is a former deputy editor of The Independent newspaper. He took his doctorate while at King’s College, Cambridge.

He has been invited to give lectures at many of the world’s top universities including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, UCLA, USC, Cambridge, Oxford, Peking, Tsinghua, Renmin, NUS, Tokyo, University of Hong Kong, amongst many others. He has given talks to many corporate clients including Bank of America, BlackRock, Pictet, Shell, Allianz, BNP Paribas, Financial Times, British Telecom, BBC, HR50, Amerada Hess, Investec, DSM and Khazanah.


Christopher John Jenner is First Sea Lord Fellow; Research Associate, Centre of Geopolitics and Grand Strategy, University of Cambridge; Research Fellow, King’s College London; and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies. He holds Master of Studies and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

He has won various awards and fellowships: Economic and Social Research Council Fellow, University of Oxford; Research Fellow, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; Research Fellow, New England Centre and Home for Veterans; Research Fellow, St Cross College, University of Oxford; Research and Teaching Fellow, University of London; Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts; Research Fellow, William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences; and Visiting Research Fellow, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (Học viện Ngoại giao Việt Nam), Hanoi.

At Cambridge, he is leading two international research projects: (i) an investigation of sea power’s influence on relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America, 1949-1996; and (ii) an account of the conception and formative conduct of the unique alliance between the cryptographic services of Great Britain and the United States, 1940-1943. In addition to his academic work, Dr Jenner undertakes governmental analytical commissions, and has contributed to award-winning television series.


Daniel Zamora is a research associate in sociology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are related to issues of Welfare State, inequality, poverty and intellectual history in the second half of 20th century. He has recently published a history of poor relief in Belgium during the 20th century (De l’Egalité à la Pauvreté, 2017) and edited the volume Foucault and Neoliberalism with Michael C. Behrent (Polity, 2015). His actual research is focused on an intellectual history of Basic Income in the United States and Western Europe. The project is more specifically focused on how the rise and the success of a marginal idea became possible with the profound transformation of how we thought about politics, work and social policy in the early 1960s.