DR. LEE CHEE LEONG
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Office
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Started his research career in the think tank sector, Dr. Lee Chee Leong (Karl) is attracted to the rise of non-traditional diplomacy in the international order today. Such appeal has taken Dr. Lee into new research horizons that started with his Monash University's doctoral research on the Chinese sub-state diplomacy in China-ASEAN economic cooperation. With constructive supervision by Professor Helen Nesadurai and Associate Professor Kuik Cheng Chwee, Dr. Lee completed his doctoral thesis that unravels how a faraway and least developed sub-state of Guangxi managed to overcome its own hurdles, navigate the complexities within the Chinese state and become the frontline actor in China-ASEAN economic cooperation.
Following his doctoral completion, Dr. Lee's research on non-traditional diplomacy has expanded into Taiwan’s quasi-state diplomacy in Southeast Asia. Such quest has led him spending at great length in comprehending the concept of soft power, a concept that finds its relevance to Taiwan, which has no official diplomatic with Southeast Asia but is heavily connected to the region and has to rely on soft power in its engagements with these Southeast Asian nations. Taking Malaysia as the first case study of Taiwan's soft power in the region, Dr. Lee is developing the third intervening variable correlating both Taiwanese soft power resources and outcomes, in his course of providing a dynamical explanation for such phenomenon. For the coming years, his research focus and publications will be on the different areas featuring Taiwan-Malaysia and Taiwan-Southeast Asia cooperation such as digital social innovation (DSI) for climate change, industry-based education/training programmes, smart cities, tourism, digital democracy, agriculture, public health and medicine, ornamental aquaculture and aquascape.
To date, Dr. Lee was the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships in Malaysia and overseas: University of Malaya’s Graduate Fellowship (2010-2011); Monash University’s Merit Scholarship (2016-2019); Chinese Government Scholarship (2018-2019); and Taiwan Fellowship (2020). Prior to his appointment as Senior Lecturer at the Institute of China Studies (ICS), he was the Visiting Scholar at Guangxi University for Nationalities (GXUN) (2018-2019), Taiwan Fellow at National Chengchi University (NCCU) (2020) and Associate Fellow at ICS UM (2016-2019).
He welcomes any potential PhD candidate who would like to work on Taiwan-Southeast Asia relations, Taiwan's soft power in Southeast Asia and Taiwan-Malaysia DSI cooperation for climate change. He is also willing to discuss with potential doctoral candidates on proposals related to the Chinese sub-state (provincial) diplomacy toward ASEAN, China's soft power in ASEAN, Southeast Asian sub-state diplomacy, comparative cases of sub-state diplomacy around the world and conceptual innovation of sub-state diplomacy as well as soft power.
- Ketua Tingkat (Institut Pengajian China, ICS) - Pasukan Tindakan Kecemasan (ERT), University Malaya, 15/12/2021 to present
- PH.D, ARTS, MONASH UNIVERSITY, (MALAYSIA CAMPUS)
- M.A, ARTS, UNIVERSITI MALAYA (UM)
- B.A, ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, WINNIPEG, CANADA
- 1-Year Ordinary Membership, Member, 2022 to present (International)
(Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Academic Session)
(Title of publication in APA style)
- Lee, Chee Leong. (2021). Malaysian Politics after Sheraton Move 2020: Inter-Coalition and Intra-Coalition Political Dynamics. Asia-Pacific Research Forum, 69, 49-96. https://www.rchss.sinica.edu.tw/TBMC/page2/publish_pub.php?Pub_Sn=234.
- Lee, Chee Leong & Md. Akhir, Md. Nasrudin. (2021). Malaysia-China Relations During the Movement Control Order (MCO) Period and Beyond: Assessment from the Mutual Trust Variable. In Nian Peng (Ed.). The Reshaping of China-Southeast Asia Relations in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Singapore: Springer, 2021.
(Title of Thesis),(Name of Candidates),(Institution),(Academic Level)
- Research on the Impact of the “Belt and Road” Initiative on the Development of Ukraine, Haipeng Zhao, University of Malaya (PhD)
- Nanning City’s Diplomacy in China-ASEAN Economic Cooperation, CHEN KHONG LING, University of Malaya (PhD)