Dr Duncan Freeman is Research Fellow at the EU-China Research Centre of the College of Europe. He was previously Research Fellow and has taught and carried out research on China’s economic and policy development in addition to EU-China relations at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies, Brussels Diplomatic Academy and Brussels Academy for China and European Studies, at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). He has a BA in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester, an MSc in Chinese Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Principles from the University of London and a PhD completed at the VUB. He has previously lived and worked in Beijing and Hong Kong for a total of 17 years and is fluent in Chinese.  During his time in Hong Kong, he was the editor and publisher of several leading publications on the Chinese legal and tax systems.

Among his areas of research are the political economy of EU-China relations, especially in the area of outward investment, energy and climate policy, the mutual external impacts of the EU's and China’s domestic development and the EU-China political relationship.

Recent publications include:

The Belt and Road Initiative and the Overcapacity Connection, in M. Carrai et al eds, The Belt and Road and Global Governance, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, February 2020.

The EU-China-US Triangles and the Paris Agreement: A Clash of Orders?, in Men, J., S. Schunz and D. Freeman eds, The Evolving Relationship between China, the EU and the USA: A New Global Order?, Abingdon, Routledge, December, 2019.

China and Science Diplomacy: An Emerging or a Marginal Policy?, Policy Brief, European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy, Horizon 2020 EL-CSID Project, March 2019.

The EU, China and the Ghost of an Embargo’s Past, in S. Bersick et al eds, Routledge Handbook on EU-China Relations, Abingdon, Routledge, forthcoming 2019.

Negotiating an Uncertain World: Economic and Political Dimensions of the CAI, in J. Chaisse ed, China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance?, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, December 2018.

The EU and China Energy Policy Interdependence: Interactions Between Internal Energy Policies of the EU and China, with T. Sattich, in P. Hefele et al eds, Climate and Energy Protection in the EU and China, Cham, Springer, November 2018.

China and Renewables: The Priority of Economics over Geopolitics in D. Scholten ed, The Geopolitics of Renewables, Cham, Springer, January 2018.

Climate Change and Target Implementation Strategies Before and After the C21 Paris Conference: Convergences and Divergences, with C. Goron, in M. Telo et al eds, The EU China Partnership: Bridging Institutional & Ideational Differences in an Unstable World, Abingdon, Routledge, 2017.

Bilateral and Domestic Dimensions in China’s Approach to ODI Governance in Men J., and A. Link eds, Reform and Governance in the EU and China, Abingdon, Routledge, 2017.

The Climate Triangle: Global Governance, National Policy and the Economic Imperative, in EU-China Observer, College of Europe, Spring 2017.

Redistributing the EU-China Economic Relationship: The Role of Domestic Change in China, in Asia Europe Journal, special issue on EU-China, T. Christiansen et al eds, Springer, 2017.

China’s Outward Investment in the EU: Challenges of Rapid Change, EU-China Observer, College of Europe, 3.15, 2015.

China’s uitgaande investeringen. Instituties, beperkingen en uitdagingen, Res Publica, Volume 56, 2014/1.

China’s Outward Investment: Institutions, Constraints and Challenges, BICCS Asia Paper, May 12, 2013.

The International Financial Crisis and China’s Foreign Exchange Management, with Wang Yongzhong, Asia Paper, BICCS, VUB March 23, 2013.

Europe, China and Expectations for Human Rights, with G. Geeraerts, in Pan Zhongqi, ed, Conceptual Gaps in China-EU Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Stability and Change: The EU, China and Perceptions of Stability, in Pan Zhongqi, ed, Conceptual Gaps in China-EU Relations, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

China’s Outward Investment: Crisis, Opportunities and Challenges, in B. Andreosso-O’Callaghan and P. Herrmann eds, The Transformation of Asia in a Global Changing Environment, New York, Nova, 2012.

Europe, China and Expectations for Human Rights, with G. Geeraerts, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, Vol 4, 2011.

The Missing Link: China, Climate Change and National Security, Asia Paper, BICCS, VUB, December 2010.

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