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Prof. Emilie TRAN


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Tel: 3411 5704

Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Studies European Studies Programme Director French Stream Coordinator


Born in Cambodia from Chinese (Teochew) descent, I became a French national, having grown up and been educated in France. I have been living in Greater China since 2000 (Shanghai, Macao, Hong Kong). Prior to joining the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2016, I had worked at the University of Macau, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Saint Joseph.


I have three main research areas.

My first research focus is about global China and China’s relations with Europe, the Middle East and North Africa from two perspectives: China’s foreign policy, and health diplomacy in particular, and diaspora governance. I have been invited to share my research insights in international arenas and think tanks, such as the Brookings Institution, Chatham House, and the Doha Forum.


I am also interested in French politics, having authored a book chapter on the causes, consequences and impacts of the Yellow Vests Movement in France, published in Developments in French Politics 6 (London: Macmillan, 2021). Lastly, I am a co-Investigator in the research project “Trust and the Smart City” in the context of Hong Kong (funded by the Faculty Niche Research Areas, 2020-2022).


I received the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching 2021. I am also Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes académiques, a national distinction bestowed by the French Republic on academics and teachers and for their valuable service to universities, education and science.


Along with my academic occupation, I am now serving my second term (2018-2021 & 2021-2026) as an elected official for the French living abroad (Conseiller des Français de l’étranger).