Monday 16 October 18:00 - 21:00

King's College London

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Opening panel - How to engage with China: opportunities and risks

Government & Politics

Join us for the opening of China Week 2023 with a panel discussion on how to engage in research with China followed by a drinks reception.

Who benefits from research collaboration with China, and what are the risks? Are the risks inflated or downplayed? Should UK research institutions continue to engage with Chinese counterparts, and if so, how?

To mark the opening of China Week 2023, experts Simon Marginson (University of Oxford), Sophia Gaston (Policy Exchange), Mark Logan (Member of Parliament), Harry Anderson (Universities UK International) and more - chaired by Fiona Quimbre (RAND) - will discuss key questions in current debates on UK-China research collaboration, and examine the role of the UK government, universities, and researchers in balancing the risks and benefits of continued engagement with China.

Join us for the opening panel and welcome address with Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute, followed by a drinks reception.


Simon Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education, and Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education. He researches global and international higher education, higher education in East Asia, and higher education and social inequality. He also prepares reports and commentary in relation to education policy. He is currently working on an integrated theorisation of higher education. He is also a Lead Researcher at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and serves as an advisor and visiting scholar at Peking University and Tsinghua University in Beijing and at the National Autonomous University in Mexico.

Sophia Gaston is Head of Foreign Policy and UK Resilience at Policy Exchange, and a leading international researcher into strengthening the resilience of advance liberal democracies in the 21st Century. Sophia most recently spent three years as the Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, which under her leadership grew to become a highly respected and influential think tank supporting the advancement of the Global Britain agenda. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels.Β 

Mark Logan isβ€Œ β€Œtheβ€Œ Conservative β€ŒMPβ€Œ β€Œfor Bolton North Eastβ€Œ. He is the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ireland and the Irish in Britain. He has two master’s degrees, one from the London School of Economics, and one from the University of Oxford. Before being elected to Parliament, Mark Logan was a diplomat who workedβ€Œ at the British Consulate-General in Shanghai where he was responsible for media and communications. He speaks mandarin and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on China.

Harry Anderson is Assistant Director for Policy and Global Engagement, Universities UK International.

Fiona Quimbre is a senior analyst at the RAND Corporation. Working primarily within RAND Europe, she leads the China portfolio. Her work focuses on the non-military dimensions of competition with China and their national security implications for European decision-makers. This includes topics such as China’s interference in the European research enterprise or investments in the energy sector. Prior to joining RAND, Fiona interned at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. SHe holds first-class degrees with an MA in China Studies and International Relations from Peking University, an MA in International Relations from Sciences Po Bordeaux, and a dual BSc Econ. in Political Science from Sciences Po Bordeaux and Cardiff University.

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