CHERN's MC Observer are leading experts based in Non-COST countries who played a key role in establishing our research network and who continue to help shape our work

Action Participants originating from COST Partner Members, Non-COST Countries or Specific Organisations can be named an Action’s MC Observers. In addition to participating in regular WG activities, Observers can also attend meetings of the Management Committee (without voting rights).

Prof. Ching Kwan Lee


CHERN MC Observer

Ching Kwan Lee is Dr. Chung Sze-yuen Professor of Social Science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Professor of Sociology at UCLA. She is the author of three multiple award-winning monographs on contemporary China’s turn to capitalism: Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (1998), Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (2007), and The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa (2017). She is the founding chair of the Society for Hong Kong Studies, and her latest co-edited books include Take Back Our Future: an Eventful Political Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (coedited with Ming Sing, 2019), and The Social Question in the 21st Century: a Global View (co-edited with Jan Breman, Kevan Harris and Marcel von der Linden, 2019).

Prof. Ho-fung Hung

Johns Hopkins University

CHERN MC Observer

Ho-fung Hung is the Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor in Political Economy in the Department of Sociology and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He researches global capitalist transformation, nationalism, social movements, and Chinese development. He is the author of the awarding-winning  Protest with Chinese Characteristics (2011) and The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World_(2015). His analyses of the Chinese political economy have been featured or cited in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, BBC News, The Guardian, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Xinhua Monthly (China), and People’s Daily (China), among other publications.

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