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Dr Rex Li

Dr Rex Li

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Biography

Dr Rex Li is Reader in International Relations. He is also Programme Leader of MA International Journalism and MA International News Journalism. He worked as a correspondent and editor for several magazines and newspapers before joining the academia. He has also been a news commentator for the BBC World Service.

A specialist in international relations, security discourse and political communication, Rex holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK. He has many years of experience in higher education, having taught and led courses in political science, international relations, and international journalism at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is currently supervising six PhD students in the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies.

Dr Rex Li is REF Co-ordinator of UoA34 Communication, Culture and Media Studies at LJMU and Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator of the Liverpool Screen School.

Outside of the university, Rex has been an external examiner of the MA programmes for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Leeds. He has acted as a PhD external examiner for University of Lancaster, University of Newcastle, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Westminster, and Deakin University, Australia.

For many years, Rex has lectured regularly at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is a frequent participant and speaker at high-level meetings and international affairs think-tanks. He has acted as an advisor to the Searching for Peace Programme at the European Centre for Conflict Prevention. He has been a Research Associate of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

In addition, Rex has been a co-organiser of the Pacific Rim Seminar Series funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He has also been involved in a variety of international research projects in the UK and other countries.

Rex is Director of the East Asian Security and Peace Project, which seeks to analyse the changing security dynamics in East Asia within the context of the global economic and strategic environment. Specifically, it considers the role of identity in shaping foreign policy discourse and security relations in East Asia. The project is supported by the Swedish foundation Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, East Asian Peace Programme at Uppsala University and Liverpool John Moores University. It involves collaboration among scholars and think-tank specialists in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States.

Rex has presented numerous papers at academic and policy conferences in Britain, Europe, Asia and the United States. He is a book reviewer for Times Higher Education and a referee/reviewer for a wide range of academic journals and publishers.

In January 2017, Rex was appointed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as a Member of its Peer Review College. He has assessed grant applications for various funding schemes and programmes for the AHRC. He has also been invited to evaluate grant applications for the ESRC and other funding bodies.

Rex has served as an Associate Editor and editorial board member of Security Dialogue, an international refereed journal published by the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo and Sage, London. His academic publications include three books, many book chapters and a range of articles in international journals.

He is the author of A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity Construction and Security Discourse (London: Routledge, 2009). Further details and reviews of the book are available from the publisher’s website: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415449410/

Dr Rex Li's invited lecture 'Security Dynamics in East Asia' given at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in April 2015 is available for viewing here: http://www.ui.se/play/iframe.html#wNJtnseQezg2XEi2BwF1kg

Publications

Highlighted publications

Li R. 2019. Contending Narratives of the International Order: US/Chinese Discursive Power and Its Effects on the UK Asian Perspective, 43 :349-385 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Li R. 2018. Identity Tensions and China-Japan-Korea Relations: Can Peace be Maintained in North East Asia? Clements KP. Identity, Trust, and Reconciliation in East Asia: Dealing with Painful History to Create a Peaceful Present :47-73 Palgrave Macmillan/Springer. Switzerland 9783319548975 DOI Publisher Url

Li R. 2016. China’s Sea Power Aspirations and Strategic Behaviour in the South China Sea from the Theoretical Perspective of Identity Construction Fel E, Vu T. Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters: Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea :117-137 Springer. Switzerland 978-3319261508 DOI Publisher Url

Li R. 2015. Great Power Identity, Security Imaginary and Military Transformation in China Pauline Eadie and Wyn Rees . The Evolution of Military Power in the West and Asia: Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era :119-147 Routledge. Abingdon, OXON 978-1138886230 DOI Publisher Url

Li R. National Identity and Changing Great Power Relations in the Asia-Pacific: Is a Cold War Emerging? The Asan Forum, 1 :1-17

Li R. Reporting International News in a Changing World: the Significance of International Relations in Journalism Education Journalism Education, 2 :6-33

Li R. A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity Construction and Security Discourse Routledge 9780415449403 DOI

Journal article

Li R. 2019. Contending Narratives of the International Order: US/Chinese Discursive Power and Its Effects on the UK Asian Perspective, 43 :349-385 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Li R. 1996. The Taiwan strait crisis and the future of China-Taiwan relations Security Dialogue, 27 :449-458 DOI Author Url

Li R. National Identity and Changing Great Power Relations in the Asia-Pacific: Is a Cold War Emerging? The Asan Forum, 1 :1-17

Li R. Reporting International News in a Changing World: the Significance of International Relations in Journalism Education Journalism Education, 2 :6-33

Li R. Asia, America, and the transformation of geopolitics International Affairs, 85 :1286-1287 Author Url

Li R. Accidents can happen The World Today, 56 :17-20 Author Url

Li R. Partners or rivals? Chinese perceptions of Japan's security strategy in the Asia-Pacific region Journal of Strategic Studies, 22 :1-25 DOI Author Url

Li R. Interpreting history in Sino-Japanese relations: A case study in political decision-making. The Pacific Review, 12 :504-506 Author Url

Li R. The China challenge: theoretical perspectives and policy implications Journal of Contemporary China, 8 :443-476 DOI

Li R. Unipolar aspirations in a multipolar reality: China’s perceptions of US ambitions and capabilities in the post-Cold war world Pacifica Review, 11 :115-149

Li R. China’s investment environment: the security dimension Asia Pacific Business Review, 4 :39-62 DOI

Li R. China in transition: nationalism, regionalism and transnationalism Contemporary Politics, 3 :365-380 DOI

LI R. China and Asia-Pacific security in the post-Cold war era Security Dialogue, 26 :331-344 DOI Author Url

Chapters

Li R. 2018. Identity Tensions and China-Japan-Korea Relations: Can Peace be Maintained in North East Asia? Clements KP. Identity, Trust, and Reconciliation in East Asia: Dealing with Painful History to Create a Peaceful Present :47-73 Palgrave Macmillan/Springer. Switzerland 9783319548975 DOI Publisher Url

Li R. 2016. China’s Sea Power Aspirations and Strategic Behaviour in the South China Sea from the Theoretical Perspective of Identity Construction Fel E, Vu T. Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters: Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea :117-137 Springer. Switzerland 978-3319261508 DOI Publisher Url

Li R. 2015. Great Power Identity, Security Imaginary and Military Transformation in China Pauline Eadie and Wyn Rees . The Evolution of Military Power in the West and Asia: Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Era :119-147 Routledge. Abingdon, OXON 978-1138886230 DOI Publisher Url

Li R. 2006. North-East Asia Buckley M, Singh R. The Bush Doctrine and the War on Terrorism: Global Responses, Global Consequences :75-88 Routledge 9780415368315 DOI

Li R. Identity Discourse and China’s Relations with the United States and Japan Mahendra G. Studies on China :256-273 Foreign Policy Research Centre. New Delhi

Li R. A Regional Partner or a Threatening Other? Chinese Discourse of Japan’s Changing Security Role in East Asia Dent CM. China, Japan and Regional Leadership in East Asia :101-128 Edward Elgar Publishing 978 1 84980 082 2

Li R. A Regional Partner or a Threatening Other? Chinese Discourse of Japan's Changing Security Role in East Asia Dent CM. China, Japan and Regional Leadership in East Asia :101-128 978-1-84720-749-4 Author Url

Li R. Security Challenge of an Ascendant China: Great Power Emergence and International Stability Zhao S. Chinese Foreign Policy :23-57 East Gate Book 9780765612854

Li R. China and Regional Security: External Perceptions and Responses Heijmans A, Simmonds N, Veen HVD. Searching for Peace in Asia Pacific :181-201 Lynne Rienner Pub 9781588262141

Li R. Changing China-Taiwan Relations and Asia-Pacific Regionalism: Economic Co-operation and Security Challenge Dent C. Asia-Pacific Economic and Security Cooperation :185-196 DOI Author Url

Li R. A Rising Power with Global Aspirations Fawn R, Buckley M. Global responses to terrorism: 9/11, Afghanistan and beyond :210-220 Routledge 9781134380497 DOI

Book

Li R. A Rising China and Security in East Asia: Identity Construction and Security Discourse Routledge 9780415449403 DOI

Engagement & Impact

Fellowships:

Research Associate, East Asian Peace Programme, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. 2011

Research Grants Awarded:

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Swedish foundation) and East Asian Peace Programme, Uppsala University, East Asian Security and Peace Project, Grant value (£): £2.3 million in total with £45,000 coming in initially, Duration of research project: Six years. 2010

Editorial boards:

Security Dialogue, Member of Editorial Board, http://sdi.sagepub.com/. 2006