Dr. CHENG Edmund (鄭煒)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34429401

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Edmund W. Cheng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at the City University of Hong Kong, where he co-directs the Centre for Public Affairs and Law, the Political Analysis Lab, and the CLASS Advanced Methods School.

He is a co-editor of Social Movement Studies and an editorial board member of several leading journals, including China Quarterly and Mobilization. He is also a Principal Investigator of the World Values Survey, Asian Barometer Survey and V-Dem Institute. He has held visiting positions at the University of Oxford and the Australian National University.

Cheng’s research interests include contentious politics, political behaviour, political communication, public health, research methodology, and the sociology of knowledge, focusing on the comparative study of Asia. His work has appeared in Political Communication, Political Studies, British Journal of Social Psychology, Sociological Methodology, Information, Communication & Society, New Media & Society, China Quarterly, China Journal, Journal of Contemporary Asia, among others.

His research has been supported by the American Political Science Association, French National Research Agency, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Hong Kong University Grants Commission, Policy Innovation and Coordination Office, and Hong Kong Institute for Data Science. His findings or commentaries have been cited in international and local media, including ABC, APF, BBC, CNN, NPR, Reuters, RTHK, TVB, Asahi Shimbun, China Daily, Der Spiegel, The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, LeMonde, MingPao, Strait Times, South China Morning Post, Time Magazine, Times Higher Education, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

He holds a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining City University, he worked at Hong Kong Baptist University and the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Comparative politics 
  • Contentious politics
  • Political Behaviour
  • Political communication
  • Regional governance
  • Public health
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Research methods