Prof. LI Che Lan Linda (李芝蘭)

BSocSc CUHK, MSocSc HKU, PhD London

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Phone: +852 34429556

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Professor Linda Chelan Li is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. She stresses the role of collaboration as well as conflict in understanding politics and public policy. Her major areas of research include intergovernmental relations, government reforms, public finance, cross-border relations and sustainable development. Some major works include Centre and Provinces: China, 1978-1993. Power as non-zero-sum  (Oxford, Clarendon, 1998), Towards Responsible Government in East Asia (Routledge, 2009), Rural Tax Reform in China (Routledge, 2012), and more recently, Co-evolution of Hong Kong’s Professional Services and the Belt and Road Initiative (in Chinese, 2019),  and Facts and Analysis: Canvassing Covid-19 Responses (2021), both by City University of Hong Kong Press.


Professor Li is the founding director of Research Centre for Sustainable Hong Kong (CSHK) at City University of Hong Kong, which espouses the aim of conducting cross-disciplinary and cross-sector applied research with real-life impacts in Hong Kong and the Region. Professor Li is currently leading “CSHK on Covid-19”, a collaborative project under CSHK to collate and analyze essential data on the case developments and policy response of different jurisdictions to Covid-19, with participation of a cross-national team spanning Europe, Asia and America.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Central-Local relations and politics: China, Hong Kong
  • Public finance, education and government reforms in China
  • Institutional and agency change processes
  • Responsible governance in Asia
  • Cross-border collaboration, tension, and politics


  • Chinese political economy and politics
  • Inter-governmental relations and local government
  • Political analysis theories