Trained as an international relations scholar, Prof. Simon Shen is an Associate Professor and Director of both Global Studies Programme and the Master of Global Political Economy Programme in the Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In the meantime, he is also serving as the Co-Director of International Affairs Research Centre in the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies in the same University. He got his DPhil degree from University of Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations in 2006, and his MA/BA degrees in political science and history from Yale University in 2000. He worked at the University of Warwick and Brookings Institution's Center of Northeast Asian Studies as a Visiting Fellow in 2011 and 2010 respectively. His current researches include Chinese nationalism and Chinese foreign policy, external relations of Hong Kong, anti-terrorism and regional security in Asia, among others.
Prof. Shen is an active researcher who has published dozens of academic research articles in leading internationally refereed journals, including China Quarterly, China Review, Journal of Contemporary China, Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Terrorism and Political Violence, among others (inc. accepted and forthcoming articles). He is holding various adjunct professorships and honorary researcher positions in a number of universities and institutes all over the world, including the Development Research Center of the State Council of People's Republic of China. As a frequent speaker on global issues and a regular commentator on international relations on top of his academic identity, he is appointed to join public services by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government in various committees and the Central Policy Unit, and is also the founder of Global Studies Institute in Hong Kong, director and head of international relations research center of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, publisher of the monthly Global Studies Journal in Chinese, and the Founding Chancellor of the Roundtable Network, a platform of young social scientists in Hong Kong.