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Chun-Yi Lee

Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr. Chun-Yi Lee is a lecturer at the school of Politics and International Relation (SPIR) at University of Nottingham. Her current research project is: 'Chinese Investment in Taiwan: Opportunities or Challenges to Taiwan's Industrial Development?' This project aims to investigate bilateral cross-Strait economic activities and also, its impact on both societies. It is a two and half year project, started in July 2014, aim to finish in December 2016. Chun-Yi's previous research project is ''national transformation and workers' rights: An analysis of Chinese labour within the global economy' with Prof. Andreas Bieler at SPIR. This project investigated the influence of different foreign investors on Chinese workers and labour rights. Using interviews, participant observation and cases studies, this project examined the emergence of civil society in this dynamic interaction among the state, foreign capital, and workers in China. This is a three-year project, it finished in September 2014.

Expertise Summary

Prior to join in SPIR, Chun-Yi was an Assistant Professor at school of Contemporary Chinese Studies (SCCS) at University of Nottingham from June 2013 to July 2016. Chun-yi was a ESRC research fellow from September 2011 to June 2013,post-doc researcher at Institute of East Asia Studies, University of Duisburg, Germany from 2010 September to 2011 October; a writing-up grant scholar at Modern East Asia Research Center (MEARC), Leiden University, the Netherlands from 2009 September to 2010 September. Her book, Taiwanese Business or Chinese Security Asset was published by Routledge in 2011.

Teaching Summary

Currently Chun-Yi teaches three modules at the SPIR, Level 4 Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in China, Level 4 China and the World, and Level 3 Dynamics of Regional Economic… read more

Research Summary

Chun-Yi's current research interest aims to investigate the influence of different foreign investors on Chinese workers and labour rights. Using interviews, participant observation and cases studies,… read more

Selected Publications

Currently Chun-Yi teaches three modules at the SPIR, Level 4 Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in China, Level 4 China and the World, and Level 3 Dynamics of Regional Economic Development, China Japan and ASEAN. Chun-Yi welcomes PhD students who are interested in China's developmental strategy, labour politics, industrial relations and cross-Strait political economy to work with her.

Current Research

Chun-Yi's current research interest aims to investigate the influence of different foreign investors on Chinese workers and labour rights. Using interviews, participant observation and cases studies, this current research project aims to examine the emergence of civil society in this dynamic interaction among the state, foreign capital, and labour in China. In October 2011, she started to work with Prof. Andreas Bieler on an ESRC research project: 'Globalisation, national transformation and workers' rights: An analysis of Chinese labour within the global economy'. This project will be finished in September 2014.

Past Research

Chun-Yi's PhD research addresses the changing pattern of interaction between Taiwanese businessmen and the Chinese government. This research mainly asserts that although central and local governments fulfill different roles in attracting Taiwanese businesses; their interests are complementary, and these complementary interests influenced the Chinese government's interaction with Taiwanese businesses.The Interaction between Taiwanese businessmen and Chinese local officials from 1987 to 2010.

Future Research

In the future, Chun-Yi is looking forward to conduct more researches about cross-Strait government/business relationship, and also, the role of Chinese labour not only in the state-society relationship in China, but also, what is Chinese labour's production on the map of global production chain.

  • LIHYUN LIN AND CHUN-YI LEE, 2017. When Business Meet Politics China Perspective. 37-47
  • 2017. Chinese Investment in Taiwan: A Challenge or an Opporunity for Taiwan? Journal of Contemporary Chinese Affairs. 2017(1), 37-61
  • 2016. Taiwan and China in a Global Value Chain: The Case of the Electronic Industry. In: Taiwan's Impact on China Palgrave. (In Press.)
  • 2016. Chinese Investment in Taiwan: Challenge or Opportunity for Taiwan’s Hi-technology Industrial Development? Journal of Contemporary Chinese Affairs. (In Press.)
  • 2015. Growing or Perishing? The Development of Labour NGOs. In: Civil Society Contributions to Policy Innovation in the PR China Palgrave and Macmillan. 125-150
  • CHUN-YI LEE, 2014. 'Learning from Taiwan’s Lesson? The Comparison of Changes and Continuity of Labour Policies in Taiwan and China’ Journal of Current Chinese Affair: (China aktuell). 3, 45-71
  • CHUN-YI LEE, 2014. From being privileged to being localized? Taiwanese businessmen in China. In: Migration to and from Taiwan Strait London: Routledge. 57-72
  • LEE, C, 2013. A New Era for Studies in cross-Strait Relation: Introduction China Information: Special Issue on Changing cross-Strait Relationship China Information. 27(1), 3-9
  • 2013. Social Dimensions of Changing cross-Strait Relationship. In: HU, RICHARD, WX, ed., New Dynamics in Cross-Taiwan Straits Relations: How Far Can the Rapprochement Go? Routledge. 190-203
  • LEE, C., 2011. Taiwanese business or Chinese security asset: a changing pattern of interaction between Taiwanese business and Chinese governments Routledge.
  • 2011. The Political Views of Taiwanese Businessmen in China: Blue, Green or Red?. In: CLARK, CAL, ed., The Changing Dynamics of Relations among China, Taiwan and the United States Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • LEE, C., 2010. Between dependency and autonomy: Taiwanese entrepreneours and local Chinese governments Journal of Current Chinese Affair: China aktuell. 39(1), 37-71
  • LEE, C., 2008. When private capital becomes a security asset: challenging conventional government/business interaction East Asian: An International Quarterly. 25(2), 145-165
  • LEE, C, 2008. Special Government/Business Relationship: The Case of Taiwanese Businessmen Association in China Chinese Economics and Foreign Trade Studies. 1(2), 244-256
  • LEE, C., 2007. An Empirical Analysis of the Cross-Strait Relationship: Chinese Governments’ Commitments to Taiwanese Entrepreneurs Asian and African Studies. XI(3), 161-177
  • LEE, C., 2006. The Changing Pattern and Evolution of the Relationship Between Taiwanese Business and Chinese Local Government: 1987 - 2004 The American Journal of Chinese Studies. 13(2), 149-167

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