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Neville Li, Ph.D.

Department of Political Science - International Relations


Ph.D. in Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath, UK
M.A. in International Security, University of Warwick, UK
B.Soc.Sci. (Hons) in International Studies, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Practice Areas

  • International Political Economy in Times of Crisis.
  • Introduction to International Politics.
  • Introduction to International Political Economy.
  • Methods in Political Science.
  • Politics and Economic Development.
  • The Politics in Asia.
  • The Structure of Poverty, Globally and Locally.

Research Interests

Dr. Neville C. H. Li is Associate Professor at St. Louis University Madrid. Previously he held positions at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Lingnan University, and University of Bath, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Politics, Languages and International Studies. His Ph.D. research examines the discursive process of constructing population dynamics as security threats in the People's Republic of China. Since the occupy movement in Hong Kong, his research interests focus on politics and international relations in the Asia-Pacific, particularly on democratization of Hong Kong, political communication and political economy.

Publications and Media Placements

Selected Publications (in English)

Articles and book sections

(Forthcoming). Ways of Seeing and Discourse Strategies of the Naming of the Novel Coronavirus: The cases of the US and Hong Kong. (Co-authored with Carmen Lee)

(2021). Stuck between a Rock and Hard Place: Europe, the EU and the "New Chinese Century". In S. Rowley (ed.). European Images of China and Perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative. Leiden: Brill. (Co-authored with David Galbreath and Max Taylor)

(2020). The Hybridizing Communication of Online Teaching. In K. Nyíri (ed.). Online Communication and the New World of Scholarship. Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

(2019). "One Country, Two Systems" Under Siege: Rival securitizing attempts in the democratization of Hong Kong. In D. Johanson, J. Li and T. Wu (eds.). New Perspectives on China’s Relations with the World: National, Transnational, and International. Bristol: E-International Relations Publishing.

(2016). Evidentiary Video and "Professional Vision" in the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement. Journal of Language and Politics, 15(5): 569-591. (Co-authored with Rodney Jones)

Conference and workshop papers

(2015). "Unlearning" International Security and Demography: Towards a new framework of analysis. 'Unlearning' International Relations in Global Perspectives – Newcastle University Workshop, Newcastle. 10th-11th September.

(2015). Demography and Security: A constructivist approach to analysis. Social Sciences and International Studies Conference in Politics & International Relations, Exeter. 1st May.

(2015). Human Security and Transnational Crime: Human trafficking for prostitution in Hong Kong. Conference on Contemporary Security Challenges in Asia, Bath. 12th June.

(2015). Ideological and Ideational Transformation of Population Policy in the Early PRC. Changing World, Changing Lives Conference, Bath. 25th-26th June.

(2014). Regional Security and Energy: Strategic and environmental threat assessment of the PRC. Changing World, Changing Lives Conference, Bath. 26th-27th June.

(2014). The Growing Significance of New Media in Hong Kong's Social Movements. Global Insecurities International Conference, Bristol. 21st-22nd November.

Selected Media Placements (in English)

(2020). How to construct COVID-19 as a national security threat in public discourse? Viral Discourse. 22nd July.

(2015). Japan is regaining lost military muscle – and the US needs it. The Conversation, 27th May.

(2015). Lessons in dissent. [Panel discussion]. University of Southampton. 4th February.

(2014). China, Russia and Ukraine: Signs of a ruined friendship? Orizzontinternazionali, 7th July. (Co-authored with Mattia Cacciatori)

(2014). Democratisation in Hong Kong [Interview]. Chinatown, BBC Radio Manchester, 20th December.

(2014). Occupy Movement in Hong Kong [Interview]. Chinatown, BBC Radio Manchester, 13th December.

(2014). Occupy Hong Kong: Roads to democracy? [Invited talks]
- Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society, University of Lancaster. 6th November.
- International Relations and European Politics Postgraduate Group, University of Bath. 28th October.
- Manchester Public Affairs and Social Services, University of Manchester. 25th October.

(2014). Hong Kong since the handover [Interview] Chinatown, BBC Radio Manchester, 20th July.