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Olivia Cheung

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Tel: +44(0)24 765 72814

Room: E1.15

Advice and Feedback Hours:
Terms 1 and 2: Monday 14.00 - 16.00

Term 3: Please email to set up an appointment

Teaching Fellow in East Asian Politics and International Relations

Course Director for MA in International Politics and East Asia

Coordinator of International Relations and Security cluster activities

Olivia Cheung completed her DPhil in Politics at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She obtained her MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) at Oxford and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government & Laws) from The University of Hong Kong. The major awards she received included the Swire Scholarship (2014–2018) and Rhodes Scholarship (2012–2014).

Olivia’s DPhil thesis, “Model-Making and Policy Change in China,” examines how conflicts over political ideas influence policy change in China from the late Mao period to the present. The policy areas that are covered include rural reforms (Dazhai Model, Anhui Model and Nanjie Model), special economic zones (Shenzhen Model and Shekou Model), and local governance reforms (Guangdong Model and Chongqing Model). The study relies on a large amount of first-hand data collected from fieldwork, archival records and official publications. It advances model-making as a new theoretical framework to study ideational conflicts and factionalism in a historically comparative perspective. It contributes to the debate of authoritarian resilience by demonstrating that China’s reform process was in fact significantly more contested than what is commonly ascribed to the policy process of authoritarian regimes.

Teaching and Supervision

Olivia is the module director of and teaches on the following modules:

Selected Research Outputs

Cheung O, “The Greater Bay Area: Writing Hong Kong into the national narrative,” East Asia Forum, 9 May 2019.

Cheung, O, "China’s Grand Strategy and its Visions for International Order," GCRF COMPASS workshop “The Belt and Road Initiative @Five: Taking Stock of Global Ambitions, Regional Response, and Looking Ahead,” University of Kent, 13 Mar 2019.

Cheung, O, “Rural Decollectivization in China,” British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference, King’s College London, 12–14 Sep 2018.

Cheung, O, “Visualizing Socialism in Postsocialist China,” Visualizing Asia: Deciphering 'Otherness' in Visual and Material Cultures, School of Oriental and African Studies, 20–21 Sep 2018.

Cheung, O, “Making Red Billionaire Villages: 'Line Struggle' in Post-Mao China,” New England Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston College, Boston, MA, 28–29 Jan 2017.

Cheung, O, “To the Left or to the Right? Ideological Contentions, Socialist Legacy and Local Policy Experiments in Post-Mao China,” 4th Oxford Young Scholars' Conference on Contemporary China, University of Oxford, 22–23 May 2015.