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Kun-Chin Lin

Kun-Chin Lin

Adjunct Professor


Kun-Chin Lin is Professor of Military and Security Studies at the Department of Spacepower, Air University, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Kun-Chin received his PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and BA Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He was a University Lecturer in Politics and Tun Suffian College Lecturer and Fellow at the Gonville & Caius College, and directed the Centre for Rising Powers and the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge. He was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, and taught at King’s College London and the National University of Singapore. He has published extensively on maritime powers in Asia, Chinese economic development, energy and transport infrastructure policies, and Asian regionalism and global governance. His current research focuses on great power competition in the space domain and the industrial policies of Asian spacepowers. His research has been supported by the Air University, The British Academy, Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, and Korea Foundation, etc. He is an editorial board member of Business & Politics, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs, and Maritime Policy & Management, and was an associate fellow of The Chatham House in London.


  • Governance, Domestic Change and Social Policy in China: 100 Years after the Xinhai Revolution. [Co-editor, Jean-Marc Blanchard]. Palgrave, 2016.

Journal Articles

  • “Impacts of High-Speed Railway on Economic Growth and Disparity in China” (with M. Jin, Paul T-W. Lee, K. Li, W. Shi). Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 138 (August 2020): 158-171.

  • “Modeling incentive strategies for landside integration in multimodal transport chains” (with C. Qu, Q. Zeng, K. Li). Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 137 (July 2020): 47-64.

  • “Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on Maritime Commercial Power,” (with K. Li, M. Jin, Y. Xiao, Z. Yang, and K. F. Yuen). Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 135 (May 2020): 160-167.

  • “Spatial spillover effects of logistics infrastructure on regional development: Evidence from China,” (with Y. Xiao, G. Qi, W. Shi, ad K. F. Yuen). Transport Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol 135 (May 2020): 96-114.

  • “Spatial Distribution of Job Opportunities in China: Evidence from the opening of the high-speed rail” (with M. Jin, X. Feng, G. Qi, W. Shi). Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 133 (March 2020): 138-147.

  • “The Effectiveness of the New Inspection Regime for Port State Control: Application of the Tokyo MoU” (with K. Li, G. Qi, G. Wang, Y. Xiao). Marine Policy, Vol. 115 (Feb 2020).

  • “How Can Shipowners Comply with the 2020 Global Sulphur Limit Economically?” (with K. Li, W. Shi, J. Yang, M. Zhu). Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol 79 (Feb 2020).

  • “The Competitive of Arctic Shipping over Suez Canal and China-Europe Railway” (with K. Li, T. Lu, K. F. Yuen, and Q. Zeng). Transport Policy, Vol. 86 (Feb 2020): 34-43.

  • “Marine Piracy Prediction and Prevention: Policy Implications” (with M. Jin, W. Shi and K. Li). Marine Policy, Vol. 108 (Oct 2019).

  • “Transforming China’s Electricity Sector: Politics of Institutional Change and Regulation” (With Mika Purra). Energy Policy, Vol.124 (Jan 2019): 401-410.

  • “For Whom the Road Tolls Rise: The Politics of Financing the Highway Boom in China.” Asian Survey 58(3) (May/June 2018): 511-534.

  • “Protecting the Petroleum Industry: Renewing government aid to fossil fuel producers.” Business & Politics 16(4) (Dec 2014): 549–578.

  • “The Local Government in Corporate Restructuring: Case Studies of Fractured Bargaining Relations.” (with Shaofeng Chen) Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 42(4): 171–198, 2013.

  • “Contemplating Chinese Foreign Policy: Approaches to the Use of Historical Analysis.” (with Jean-Marc Blanchard). Special Issue: Chinese Foreign Policy: The Quest for Power, Security, and Status. Pacific Focus 28(2) (Aug 2013): 145–169.

  • “Politics and the Market in Twenty-First-Century China: Strategies of Authoritarian Management of State-Society Relations.” Political Studies Review 10(1) (Jan 2012): 73-84.

  • “The Development of Road Networks in China: Miscalculations and Inequalities.” Asie Visions 24. Paris: Centre Asie, Institut Francais des Relations Internationals (IFRI), February 2010. French version reprinted with permission in Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, Vol. 18 No. 3, 2011.

  • “Macroeconomic Disequilibria and Enterprise Reform: Restructuring the Chinese Oil and Petrochemical Industries in the 1990s.” The China Journal, No. 60 (July 2008): 49-79.

  • “With Strings Attached? Improving the Administration of Central State-Financed Investment Projects in the PRC.” Asian Journal of Political Science 15(3) (Dec 2007): 319-343.

  • “Disembedding Socialist Firms as a Statist Project: Restructuring the Chinese Oil Industry 1997-2002.” Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History 7(1) (March 2006): 59-97.

  • “Finding the Right Chemistry? The U.S. Chemical Industry in Asia.” Business and Politics, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2001, pp. 185-202. Also in Vinod Aggarwal ed., Winning in Asia: US Style. NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003.

Book Chapters

  • “Northeast Asia’s Energy Transition - Challenges for a Rules-based Security and Economic Order” (with Tim Reilly) in The Transformation of the Liberal International Order: Evolutions and Limitations, Yuichi Hosoya, Hans Kundnani, ed. Springer Verlag, 2023.

  • “Facing the Pacific: An Eastbound Strategy for Taiwanese Maritime Commerce in the 21st Century?” (with Charles Chen) in M. Thornton, R. Ash and D. Fell, ed., Taiwan's Economic and Diplomatic Challenges and Opportunities. Routledge, 2021.

  • “Britain’s Pivot to Asia: The Big Picture” (with RN Captain Ian Park) in G. Houlden, S. N. Romaniuk and N. Hong, ed., Security, Strategy and Military Dynamics in the South China Sea: Cross-National Perspectives. Bristol University Press, 2021.

  • “The Power of Siberia: A Eurasian pipeline policy that is ‘good’ for whom?” (with M. Ozawa, K. Chyong, T. Reilly, C. Humphrey, and C. Wood-Donnelly) Chapter 21 in J Chaplin, M Pollitt, D Reiner, P Warde, M Ozawa, ed., In Search of Good Energy Policy, pp. 305-335. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

  • “Governance, Domestic Change, and Social Policy in China in Historical Perspective” [with J-M Blanchard] in J-M Blanchard and KC Lin, ed., Governance, Domestic Change and Social Policy in China: 100 Years after the Xinhai Revolution, pp. 1-20. Palgrave, 2016.

  • “Multiple Institutional Templates for Corporate China: The Evolution of Industrial Networks During Marketization” [with Lowell Dittmer] in Hong Yung Lee, ed., A Comparative Study of East Asian Capitalism, pp. 205-236. Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California - Berkeley Press, 2014. 

  • “Policy Diffusion in Corporate Restructuring: Case Studies of Local Government Interventions” (with Shaofeng Chen) in J.C. Teets and W.J. Hurst, ed., Local Governance Innovation in China: Experimentation, Diffusion, and Defiance, pp. 106-124. Routledge, 2014.

  • “Local Government Fiscal Imperative and Debt-Financing in China” [with He Yang and Tao Ran] in P. Arestis and M. Sawyer, ed., Fiscal and Debt Policies for the Future, International Papers in Political Economy Series, pp. 195-236. Palgrave MacMillan, 2014.

  • “Social Change & Inequality.” [With Tao Ran] Chapter 15 in the Routledge Handbook of China's Governance and Domestic Politics, edited by Christopher Ogden, pp. 167-176. London: Routledge, 2012.

  • “Governing Chinese National Oil Corporations: From Administrative to Corporate Hierarchy.” A case study in Linda Yueh, Enterprising China: Business, Economics and Law, Pp. 130-135. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

  • “Transforming the Wage Regime in Chinese Oilfields and Refineries: A Network Organizational Analysis.” In S. Kuruvilla, M. Gallagher, and C.K. Lee. ed., From Iron-Rice Bowl to Informalization: Markets, State and Workers in a Changing China, pp. 83-106. Cornell University Press, 2011.

  • “Regulating Power without a Five Year Plan: Institutional Changes in the Chinese Power Sector” [with Mika Purra and Hui Lin] in Darryl Jarvis, et al, ed., Infrastructure Regulation: What Works, Why, and How Do We Know it? Lessons from Asia and Beyond, pp. 189-230. London: Routledge, 2011.

  • “Class Formation or Fragmentation? Allegiances and Divisions among Managers and Workers in State-owned Enterprises” in T. Gold, W. Hurst, J. Won, and L. Qiang, ed., Laid-Off Workers in a Workers' State: Unemployment With Chinese Characteristics, pp. 61-94. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

  • “Rhetoric or Vision? Chinese Responses to U.S. Unilateralism” in V.K. Aggarwal, M.G. Koo, S. Lee, C.I. Moon, ed., Northeast Asia: Ripe for Integration? Berlin: SpringerVerlag, 2008.

  • “Strategy without Vision: The U.S. and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation” [with Vinod K. Aggarwal] in Jurgen Roland, Eva Manske, and Werner Draguhn, ed., Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): The First Decade. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2002. 

  • “APEC as an Institution” [with Vinod K. Aggarwal] in Richard E. Feinberg and Ye Zhao, ed., Assessing APEC's Progress: Trade, Ecotech, and Institutions. Singapore: ISEAS, 2001.

Forthcoming Publications

  • Oxford Handbook of Geo-Economics. Chapter author, “Geo-Spatial Analysis and Geoeconomics,” and section editor of “Analyzing Geoeconomics and Economic Statecraft,” Vinod K Aggarwal and Tai Ming Cheung, editors. In preparation for Oxford University Press.

  • “Geo-economics of the Chinese Shipping Industry: Building Maritime Commercial Power from Bust to Boom, 2008-2021” (with Alex Kaplan) in Indo-Pacific Geo-Economic Competition, ed. Vinod K. Aggarwal et al. In preparation for Springer Verlag.

  • “Middle Spacepowers’ Integration with the Global Supply Chain for the Space Industry: Taiwan and Thailand” in Middle Power Economic Statecraft, ed. V. Aggarwal. In preparation for a special issue of Business & Politics.

Other Publications:



  • China
  • Asia
  • Eurasia


  • Space Industry
  • Maritime Security
  • Eurasian Geopolitics
  • Energy Policy
  • Transport Infrastructure Development
  • Asian Regionalism
  • Chinese Politics and Economic Development


  • Mandarin Chinese

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