Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Bryan Pak-Nung Wong

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations with particular expertise on East Asia and China in the world

Bryan Wong

Senior LecturerBSW, MSc, MPhil, DPhil

1 West North 4.28b
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4217

PhD Supervision

Dr Wong welcomes applications from research student with similar research interests.


I was educated at the City University of Hong Kong, the London School of Economics and St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Since 2000, I have lectured and researched extensively in major Chinese, Hong Kong, Philippine and Thai universities. I have hands-on working experiences in diverse settings across a wide-range of sectors.

I am the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Bandung: Journal of the Global South, which is published by SpringerOpen (BioMed Central). I am a founding editor for a new Research Monograph Series on 'Statecraft and Geopolitics in/beyond Asia' (World Scientific Publishing). I also assist in the editorial of the Chinese quarterly 'Indonesia Focus', published by the Hong Kong Society for Indonesian Studies (HKSIS).

I am currently holding visiting research positions in a number of East Asian institutions including:

  • De La Salle University, Manila, the Philippines
  • Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China
  • Nakhonsawan Rajabhat University, Thailand
  • Our Lady of the Pillar College, Cauayan City, the Philippines

I have been affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuguegarao and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ilagan in the Philippines for the past decade.

Using mixed methods and hermeneutics, I have written extensively on two interconnected aspects. Firstly on the examination and applications of Michel Foucault’s 'governmentality' to the notion of 'post-colonial statecraft' in East Asia. Secondly on the debate between realist and pacifist political theologies and the implications to the practice of 'Christian statecraft' in post-colonial Africa and Asia.

I have recently completed a major collaborative international research project as the Principal Investigator titled 'A Comparative Historical-ethnographic Investigation of the Trans-local Rice-trading Networks in the Contemporary Philippine and Thai State Formation Processes, 1960 to 2013' . The final completion report for this project was rated as 'Satisfactory' (the highest rating) by the assessment panel in early 2015.

Research interests

  • China and East Asia in the World
  • Statecraft and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region
  • The biblical notion of the ‘Principalities and Powers’ and the possibility for a ‘prophetic social science’ in East Asia
  • Comparative development in the Global South and post-colonial security studies


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