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Dr. Victor E. Teo
BA BSocSc (Hons) (NUS); Pg Certificate in Higher Ed, MSc, PhD (LSE); Postgraduate Dip in Law (College of Law, London); Barrister (Middle Temple, UK)

Assistant Professor

Email: victorteo@hku.hk

Victor Teo

Victor Teo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong and is concurrently Affiliated Faculty with the China Studies Program and Korean Studies Program at the university. He received his B.A. Soc.Sc (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. He subsequently trained as a lawyer and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple, UK. He received his MSc and Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His primary research interest lies in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, as well as the culture, politics and society of China, Japan and the Koreas. Victor Teo started his fulltime career as an LSE Fellow in the MSc China in Comparative Perspective Program at LSE’s Anthropology Department. He has taught on a part-time basis at the LSE (Foreign Policy Analysis & East Asian History), War Studies Department Kings College, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Sino-Japanese Relations), City University of Hong Kong (International Security), and HKUST (Chinese history). Victor served as Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (5 volumes) published by Wiley-Blackwell. As the recipient of a Japan Foundation Fellowship, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Kyoto’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He was also a visiting research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford (2014-2015). Victor was subsequently awarded a Doris-Zimmern Visiting Research Fellowship at Hughes Hall and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge (2015-2016). After successfully competing for a Harvard-Yenching Fellowship (2016-17), Victor was appointed HYI Visiting Scholar at Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Law School. As project fellow, Victor is part of a five person research team that received a major grant tenable at University of Cambridge and received as Co-PI for a multi-year project on “Japan and the Peace and Security of the Asia-Pacific: Towards a Comprehensive approach” tenable at the University of Osaka. He was an Academic Research Associate at the Harvard Program on US-Japan Relations at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a member of Harvard Kennedy School’s North Korea Working Group Seminar series (2016-2018). Victor has an ongoing Hong Kong Research Council supported GRF project on the study of North Korea. Collectively as PI and Co-PI/I, Victor Teo has received approximately HKD$11.5 million dollars in external research funding since joining the University. He has most recently been appointed as Visiting Professor at Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies and concurrently at the Area Studies Group of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences by the North Korea State Commission on Education. He is the author and contributing editor of seven peer-reviewed books on topics pertaining to Japan's and China’s foreign relations and diplomatic history. His latest publication is “Japan’s Arduous Rejuvenation: Democratic Resilience and the US-China divide” (Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming). He has been interviewed by BCC, CNN, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, CCTV/CGTN, The Straits Times, South China Morning Post, ITV, Channel 5(UK), Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Phoenix TV, Radio Hong Kong, Radio Sputnik, Hong Kong Economic Journal, NowTV (HK), Yomiuri Shimbun,  amongst others for his opinion on regional developments.

Research Themes
International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
China and Japan in the World
Illicit Political Economy, Modernization and Governance of China
North Korea
Eclectic Themes in Humanities and Area Studies e.g. Animal-Human Interactions from Interdisciplinary lens

Selected Publications
Monograph and Scholarly Books (Peer Reviewed)
Japan’s Arduous Rejuvenation Illicit Industries Japan's Island koreas United State Southeast recon
Victor Teo, Japan’s Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power: Democratic Resilience and the US-China Challenge, London, Singapore and New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Victor Teo, Illicit Industries and China’s Global Shadow Economy, Oxford and New York, Routledge 2018 (Eds with Sungwon Yoon)
Victor Teo, Japan’s Island Troubles with China and Korea, Oxford and New York Routledge, 2018 (Eds with Haruko Satoh)
Victor Teo, The Koreas Between China and Japan, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014 (Eds with Lee Guen)
Victor Teo, The United States Between China and Japan, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013 (Eds with Caroline Rose)
Victor Teo, Southeast Asia Between China and Japan, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011 (Eds with Lam PE)
Victor Teo, Reconceptualising the Divide: Identity, Memory, and Nationalism in Sino-Japanese Relations, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010 (Eds with Gerrit Gong)

Grant Funded Research Projects
The Prospects and Challenges of Japan’s Normalisation: A Case Study of Japanese Diplomatic Activities in the Middle East from 1991-2009 (Hong Kong Research Grants Council, General Research Fund Supported Project)
“Vanguard of the Revolution: A Study of North Korean Traders at the DPRK-PRC Border”. (Hong Kong Research Grants Council, General Research Fund Supported Project)
Clandestine Globalization and China’s Borderlands (various sub-projects / chapters funded individually by HKU Seed Fund for Basic Research, HKRGC Incentive Award for Research; Hang Seng Bank Golden Jubilee Education Fund; HKU Alumni Green Fund; Knowledge Exchange Fund; Harvard Yenching Fellowship Supported Project)
Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations (Harvard Yenching Fellowship Supported Project)
The Cold War and Asian Regionalism (AKS and Cambridge University)

JAPN2060 Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations
JAPN2068 The Japan-US Alliance and the International Relations of Asia-Pacific
JAPN3018 Japan and China as Great Powers in International Security and Global Affairs
CCGL9027 Criminal Organizations, Clandestine Globalization and the Illicit World Political Economy
CCCH9006 The Modernization of China in the East Asian Context
KORE2028 The Other Korea - North Korea
GRSC6038 International Research Skills Development Course (Graduate School Course)
SMLC7003 Research Methodology (convenor 2012-2013)

Contact Details
Office: 538, 5th Floor, Run Run Shaw Tower
Email: victorteo@hku.hk
HKU Scholars Hub: http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01233


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