AsPr Chengxin Pan



Associate Professor of International Relations


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University.

I held visiting positions at the University of Melbourne, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University, and the University of Macau. I am a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), American Political Science Association, Australian Political Studies Association, Australian Institute of International Affairs, and the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (Department of Premier and Cabinet of the Victorian Government), and have been on the editorial board of Series in International Relations Classics (World Affairs Press, Beijing).

In 2015, I was awarded a 2016 Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government. I also won a conference/seminar grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange for the international workshop on 'Theorising China's Rise in/beyond International Relations'.

I have given keynote and invited speeches, lectures and presentations at Asialink, Australian Catholic University, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian National University, China Foreign Affairs University, City University of Hong Kong, Durham University, Minter Ellison Lawyers, Monash University, Peking University, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, and the Universities of Adelaide, Hong Kong, Queensland, and Sydney.

I am the author of Knowledge, Desire and Power in Global Politics: Western Representations of China's Rise (Edward Elgar, hardcover 2012 and paperback 2015). The book has been translated into Chinese and will be published by Social Sciences Academic Press (Beijing, affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) in 2016. I am a co-editor of Australia and China: Ideas and Challenges in Cross-cultural Engagement (China Social Sciences Press, 2015) (with David Walker).
My ongoing research interests include understanding the 'China' challenge, Chinese power, power transition, Chinese IR theory, and theorising China's rise through discourses analysis, critical constructivism and interpretive approaches, and Australia's Asia/China literacy. I have published in many international peer-reviewed journals including European Journal of International Relations, Alternatives, Asian Perspective, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Contemporary China, The Pacific Review, The China Review, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Griffith Asia Quarterly, Political Science </i> as well as a number of edited volumes and Chinese academic journals.

I have taught or co-taught a diversity of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including International Relations, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, China and the World, Australia's Foreign Relations, Australia in the World, Security, Conflict and Terrorism, and Terrorism in International Politics. I supervise Honours, MA and PhD students on a wide range of topics.

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Research interests

  • China's foreign policy and international relations
  • International Relations of Northeast Asia
  • Critical IR theory
  • Taiwan
  • Chinese Politics
  • US and Australian foreign policy


International Studies Association

American Political Science Association

Australian Political Studies Association

Australian Institute of International Affairs

Research Institute on Social Cohesion, Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Victoria Government

Teaching interests

  • AIR108 International Relations (G, X)
  • AIR120 Australia and the World (X)
  • AIR701 China and the World (B, X)
  • Units taught:
  • Australia's Foreign Relations (B, G, X)
  • International Relations of the Asia Pacific (G, team-taught)
  • Security, Conflict and Terrorism (X)
  • Australia in the World (B, X)
  • Terrorism in International Politics (X)
  • Critical Issues in International Relations (B, X, team-taught)
  • AIP495/496 Honours Thesis A & B (B, G, X)


Cross-cultural Literacy: China and Australia in the Asian Century Conference (co-convenor), Renmin University of China, Beijing, October 2012.

Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) Conference (Taipei 2009)

Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS) (Melbourne 2006, Brisbane 2008; Sydney 2012)

International Studies Association (ISA) Convention (San Diego 2006; San Francisco 2013)

Biennial Conference of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia (Murdoch University 1999, Bendigo 2005)

Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACPCS) Biennial Conference (Canberra 2005)

Australasian Political Studies Association (APSA) Conference (ANU 2002; Murdoch University 2013)

Keynote address: 'Rethinking Power: An Alternative "Power Shift" Perspective on Power Shift', Workshop on the Rise and Demise of Asian World Supremacy, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm, 28-29 August 2013.

Invited speaker at the Plenary Panel: Facing Janus - Australia-China Relations, International Australian Studies Association (InASA) 2012 Biennial Conference, Monash University, 5-7 December 2012.

Invited lecture, "Watching China Watchers: Deconstructing Western Discourses on 'China Threat' and 'China Opportunity'", Kim Koo Forum, Centre for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University, 23 November 2012.

Invited paper, "From the Indo-Pacific to a Chinese Lake (or Two)? Understanding China's Approaches to an Evolving Region", Workshop on "From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Rising Powers, Emerging Regions and Transformations in Governance", University of Adelaide, 21 September 2012.

Invited seminar: "Fears and Fantasies: A Bifocal Lens in Western Representations of China's Rise", The Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre (and Confucius Institute), University of Adelaide, 1 June 2012.

Invited paper, "The China Debate Down Under: Australia's Asia Anxiety Hangover," Workshop on Absent Asia: Reviewing Australia's Asian Pasts, Deakin University and Monash University, 28-29 April 2011.

Invited paper, "Constructing a Normative Self, Converting a Rising Other: Problematising 'Constructive Engagement' in EU China Policy," Conference on Sino-European Affairs, The University of Hong Kong, 19-20 June 2009.

Invited paper, "Alternative Perspectives on Self and Other in Chinese Tradition: Implications for Contemporary Conflict Resolution," Workshop on Mediating Across Difference: Indigeneous, Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution, University of Queensland, 29-31 March 2007.

Invited paper, "Beijings Social Contract and Local Democratisation: A Two-level Approach to Responsible Governance in China," Workshop on "How Governments Become Responsible," City University of Hong Kong, China, 1-2 March 2007.

Invited paper, "What Is Chinese about Chinese Business? Implications for American Response to Chinas Rise," The ChinaWorld International Conference on "Made in China vs. Made by Chinese: Global Identities of Chinese Business," Durham University, UK, 19-20 March 2007.

Professional activities

- IR Honours Coordinator, SHSS, 2013-2015

- School Honours Coordinator, SIPS, 2009-2011

- Member of School Research Committee, SIPS, 2010-2011

- Deputy Course Director, BA(IS), 2007-2008

- Member of Admission and Selection Committee (Undergraduate), Faculty of Arts & Education, 2007-2008

- Member, Editorial Board, Series in International Relations Classics (World Affairs Press, Beijing)

- Ad hoc peer reviewer for Asian SecurityAsian Studies Review; Australian Journal of Political Science; Cambridge Review of International AffairsContemporary PoliticsEuropean Journal of International Relations; Global Change, Peace and Security; Journal of East Asian Studies; Millennium: Journal of International Studies; Poltical Studies ReviewReview of International Studies; The China ReviewThe Pacific Review; Social Identities; and Visual Communication.

- External reviewer for the Australian Catholic University BA Politics Major Discipline Review; Australian Political Studies Association Conference; Oceanic Conference on International Studies; Palgrave Macmillan; Routledge; and UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)’s Evaluation of Research

- PhD, Masters and Honours thesis examiner (ANU, Australian Defence College, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of Auckland, University of Melbourne, Victoria University of Wellington, and UNSW)


2016 Endeavour Research Fellowship

1998-2002 ANU PhD Scholarship.
1998-2001 International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), DEST, Commonwealth of Australia.
1996-1997 Peking University and the University of Melbourne Visiting Fellowship.
1993-1995 Guanghua Postgraduate Scholarship, Peking University.
1993 Award for Excellence in TV Teaching Material, Division of Audio-Visual Education, Beijing Higher Education Association.


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Neoconservatism as discourse: virtue, power and US foreign policy

A/Prof Chengxin Pan, Oliver Turner

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 74-96, European journal of international relations, London, Eng., C1


The threat of autocracy diffusion in consolidated democracies? The case of China, Singapore and Australia

Mark Chou, A/Prof Chengxin Pan, A Poole

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 175-194, Contemporary politics, Abingdon, Eng., C1



A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2016), pp. 1-5, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, Beijing, China, B1


China anxieties in the geopolitical cartographies of the Indo-Pacific

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2016), pp. 97-113, New regional geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific : drivers, dynamics and consequences, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Introduction: new perspectives on cross-cultural engagement

A/Prof Chengxin Pan, A/Prof David Walker

(2015), pp. 1-13, Australia and China: Challenges and Ideas in Cross-cultural Engagement, Beijing, China, B1


Cross-cultural literacy as social knowledge: implications for Australia’s understanding of China

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2015), pp. 308-327, Australia and China: Challenges and Ideas in Cross-cultural Engagement, Beijing, China, B1


Australia's self-identity and three modes of imagining Asia: a critical perspective on 'Asia literacy'

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2015), pp. 197-210, Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century, Abingdon, Eng., B1


The 'Indo-Pacific' and geopolitical anxieties about China's rise in the Asian regional order

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2014), Vol. 68, pp. 453-469, Australian journal of international affairs, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Rethinking Chinese power : a conceptual corrective to the 'power shift' narrative

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2014), Vol. 38, pp. 387-410, Asian perspective, Boulder, Colo., C1


The Asian/Chinese century from the Chinese perspective

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 30-52, Griffith Asia quarterly, Nathan, QLD, C1


Knowing Asia and re-imaging the Australian self

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 77-79, Curriculum perspectives, Deakin West, ACT, C1


Normative convergence and cross-strait divergence : Westphalian sovereignty as an ideational source of the Taiwan conflict

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2012), pp. 28-47, New thinking about the Taiwan issue : theoretical insights into its origins, dynamics, and prospects, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Problematizing 'constructive engagement' in EU-China policy

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2012), pp. 37-57, Europe and China : strategic partners or rivals?, Hong Kong, B1



A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2012), pp. 127-131, ¿¿¿¿¿¿ [International Politics Quarterly], Beijing, China, C1


Getting excited about China

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2012), pp. 245-266, Australia's Asia : from yellow peril to Asian century, Crawley, W. A., B1


Knowledge, desire and power in global politics : western representations of China's rise

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2012), Cheltenham, England, A1


Introduction: knowledge, desire and power in Western representations of China's rise

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2012), pp. 1-19, Knowledge, desire and power in global politics : Western representations of China's rise, London, Eng., B1-1


Shu and the Chinese quest for harmony : a Confucian approach to meditating across difference

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2011), pp. 221-247, Mediating across difference : oceanic and Asian approaches to conflict resolution, Honolulu, Haw., B1


Westphalia and the Taiwan conundrum : a case against the exclusionist construction of sovereignty and identity

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2010), Vol. 15, pp. 371-389, Journal of Chinese political science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


'Peaceful Rise' and China's new international contract : the state in change in transnational society

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2009), pp. 127-144, Chinese state in transition : processes and contests in local China, London, England, B1


What is Chinese about Chinese businesses? Locating the 'rise of China' in global production networks

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2009), Vol. 18, pp. 7-25, Journal of contemporary China, London, England, C1


Westphalia and the Taiwan conundrum : beyond an exclusionist construction of identity and sovereignty

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2009), pp. 1-21, ACPS-NCCU 2009 : International Symposium on : Peaceful development and deepening integration in the Greater China region, Taipei, Taiwan, E1


Is China's rise a threat? Understanding the 'China' challenge

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2008), pp. 120-137, Global crises and risks, South Melbourne, Vic., B1


Contractual thinking and responsible government in China: A constructivist framework for analysis*

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 33-49, The China review, Hong Kong, China, C1



A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2006), Vol. 7, pp. 91-111, Guo ji zheng zhi ke xue, Beijing, China, C1


Neoconservatism, US-China conflict, and Australia's 'great and powerful friends' dilemma

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2006), Vol. 19, pp. 429-448, Pacific review, Abingdon, England, C1


The 'China Threat' in American self-imagination: the discursive construction of other as power politics

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(2004), Vol. 29, pp. 305-331, Alternatives:global, local, political, Boulder, Colo., C1-1


Understanding Chinese identity in international relations : a critique of Western approaches.

A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(1999), Vol. 51, pp. 135-148, Political science, London, England, C1-1



A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(1996), Vol. 10, pp. 85-102, Meiguo Yanjiu, Beijing, China, C1-1



Zhan'an Chen, Weimin Zhao, A/Prof Chengxin Pan, Xiaojuan Zhang

(1996), pp. 1-6, Beijing Daxue Xuebao (Zhexue Shehui Kexue Ban), China, C1-1



A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(1995), pp. 84-88, Guoji Zhengzhi Yanjiu, Beijing, China, C1-1



A/Prof Chengxin Pan

(1995), pp. 22-27, Ouzhou Yanjiu, Beijing, China, C1-1



Industry and Other Funding

Theorising China's Rise in/beyond International Relations

A/Prof Chengxin Pan, A/Prof Emilian Kavalski, Prof Shaun Breslin

  • 2016: $17,995


Associate Supervisor

Vincenzo Scappatura

Thesis entitled: The Australia-United States Alliance and the Management of Elite Opinion

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Michael Crisp

Thesis entitled: International Power Transitions, Critical Realism, and the Rise of China

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Timothy Martin

Thesis entitled: Co-operation among Nations at Sea: Caribbean and SouthEast Asia Compared

Master of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Andrew Forrest

Thesis entitled: Chinese Perceptions of Japan's Security Strategy Post 11 September 2001

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies


Arabinda Acharya

Thesis entitled: Targeting Terrorist Financing

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies