A/Prof. Chengxin Pan



Associate Professor of International Relations


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2008
Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Peking University, 1995
Master of International Studies, Peking University, 1995
Master of Arts, Peking University, 1995


I am an Associate Professor of 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, Fudan University and the University of Macau, and was an Endeavour Research Fellow at the Australian Studies Centre, Peking University between October 2016 and February 2017. I am on the editorial board of Series in International Relations Classics (World Affairs Press, Beijing).

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, Fudan University, Minter Ellison Lawyers, Monash University, Pacific Adventist University, Peking University, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Tsinghua University, and the Universities of Adelaide, Hong Kong, Queensland, and Sydney.

I am the author of <i>Knowledge, Desire and Power in Global Politics: Western Representations of China's Rise</i> (Edward Elgar, hardcover 2012 and paperback 2015). The Chinese edition won a Best Book award from Social Sciences Academic Press (Beijing) in 2016.

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 <i> European Journal of International Relations, Alternatives, Asian Perspective, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Contemporary Politics, 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)


Theorising China's Rise in/beyond International Relations workshop (co-convenor), Deakin University/Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, March-April 2016

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; Baltimore, 2017)

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

American Political Science Association Annual Convention (San Francisco, 2015)

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

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

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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Toward a new relational ontology in global politics: China's rise as holographic transition

Chengxin Pan

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 339-367, International relations of the Asia-Pacific, Oxford, Eng., C1


Theorizing China's rise in and beyond international relations

C Pan, Emilian Kavalski

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 289-311, International relations of the Asia-Pacific, London, Eng., C1


Identity politics and the poverty of diplomacy: China in Australia's 2017 foreign policy white paper

C Pan

(2018), Vol. 14, pp. 13-20, Security challenges, Canberra, A.C.T., C1


Local agency and complex power shifts in the era of Belt and Road: perceptions of Chinese aid in the South Pacific

C Pan, M Clarke, S Loy-Wilson

(2018), pp. 1-15, Journal of contemporary China, Abingdon, Eng., C1


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C Pan

(2018), Vol. 6, pp. 34-49, Journal of China and international relations, Aalborg, Denmark, C1


Neoconservatism as discourse: virtue, power and US foreign policy

C Pan, O 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

M Chou, C Pan, A Poole

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 1751-194, Contemporary politics, Abingdon, Eng., C1


China anxieties in the geopolitical cartographies of the Indo-Pacific

C Pan

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



C Pan

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


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C Pan

(2016), Vol. 2016, pp. 58-77, Fudan American review, Shanghai, China, C1


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

C Pan

(2015), pp. 197-210, Asia literate schooling in the Asian century, Abingdon, Eng., B1


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

C Pan

(2015), pp. 308-327, Australia and China: challenges and ideas in cross-cultural engagement, Beijing, China, B1


Introduction: news perspectives on cross-cultural engagement

C Pan, D Walker

(2015), pp. 1-13, Australia and China: challenges and ideas in cross-cultural engagement, Beijing, China, B1


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

C 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

C Pan

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


The Asian/Chinese century from the Chinese perspective

C Pan

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


Knowing Asia and re-imaging the Australian self

C 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

C 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

C Pan

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


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

C Pan

(2012), Cheltenham, England, A1


Getting excited about China

C Pan

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



C Pan

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


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

C 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

C 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

C Pan

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


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

C Pan

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


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

C Pan

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


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

C 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

C 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*

C Pan

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


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

C Pan

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



C Pan

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


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

C 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.

C Pan

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



C Pan

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



Z Chen, W Zhao, C Pan, X Zhang

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



C Pan

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



C Pan

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


Funded Projects at Deakin

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

PNG Perceptions of Chinese and Western/Australian Aid in Pacific Islands Countries

A/Prof Chengxin Pan, Prof Matthew Clarke

  • 2017: $6,852


Associate Supervisor

Lance Collins

Thesis entitled: Convincing Canberra: How Foreign States Seek to Achieve their Foreign Policy Objectives with the Australian Government

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


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