Dr Malte Philipp Kaeding

Lecturer in International Politics

Qualifications: PhD Political Science (HKBU); Magister Political Science and Chinese Studies (Heidelberg)

Phone: Work: 01483 68 6196
Room no: 08 AC 05

Further information


I joined the Department of Politics in September 2011 as a Lecturer in International Politics.

Previously I was a part-time lecturer at the Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg (2007-2009) and lectured at the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University (2011).

I finished my PhD at the Department of Government and International Studies (GIS) at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2010. I obtained my prior degrees (Magister Artium) in Political Science and Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and studied Political Science, Film Studies and Comparative Literature at Hong Kong University and Chinese language (Mandarin) in Taiwan at National Sun Yat-sen University (Kaohsiung) and National Cheng Kung University (Tainan).

I am a member of the Hong Kong Transition Project (Hong Kong) and an Associate Fellow of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), University of Tübingen (Germany).

Research Interests

I am researching on identity politics, elections and democratisation, social movements, and international politics, with a regional focus on East Asia and particularly the so-called 'Greater China area' with China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In November 2014 I gave evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee on the UK’s relations with Hong Kong. Currently I am organising the Taiwan Spotlight Project at the University of Surrey. 

Additional Publications

Challenging Hongkongisation: The Role of Taiwan's Social Movements and Perceptions of Post-Handover Hong Kong, Taiwan in Comparative Perspective:  Special Issue on Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective, Vol. 5 (2014) London, pp. 120-133

NGOs in the EU-China Environmental Diplomacy (with Heidi NK Wang), in China-EU Green Cooperation edited by Jin Meng and Etienne Reuter (2014) World Scientific: Singapore. pp. 155-163.

Post-Colonial Macao’s Changing Identity in China’s Macao Transformed: Challenge and Development in the 21st Century edited by Eilo W.Y. Yu and Ming K. Chan (2014) City University Hong Kong Press and M.E. Sharpe: Hong Kong, Armonk, pp. 181-230


Journal articles

  • Kaeding M. (2017) 'The rise of "Localism" in Hong Kong'. Journal of Democracy, 28 (1), pp. 157-171.
  • Kaeding MP. (2015) 'Resisting Chinese Influence: Social Movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan'. CURRENT HISTORY, 114 (773), pp. 210-216.
  • Kaeding MP. (2014) 'Challenging Hongkongisation: The Role of Taiwan's Social Movements and Perceptions of Post-Handover Hong Kong'. Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, 5, pp. 120-133.
  • Kaeding MP. (2013) 'Politicized Society: The Long Shadow of Taiwan's One-Party Legacy'. CHINA JOURNAL, 69, pp. 209-212.
  • Kaeding MP. (2010) 'The evolution of Macao's identity: Toward ethno-cultural and civic-based development'. Journal of Comparative Asian Development, 9 (1), pp. 133-168.


    It has been taken for granted that a very unique Macao identity has been evolving after more than 450 years of Portuguese rule and cultural influence. Quantitative research, however, shows that in fact the majority of the Macao people are identifying themselves as Chinese. This paper analyzes the evolution of Macao’s identity along the lines of the ethno-cultural versus civic identity theoretical framework. A pilot study among some Macao students provides preliminary insights into the question of what constitutes Macao’s cultural identity. The structural difficulties of the development of the Macao identity and the possibility of an emerging civic identity are examined.

  • Kaeding MP. (2009) 'Taiwanized "New Taiwanese": The effect of Taiwanization on the 2008 presidential election campaign of Ma Ying-jeou'. Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, 9 (2), pp. 19-34.


    This article argues that the 2008 Presidential election campaign of the KMT candidate Ma Ying-jeou witnessed a shift in the identity content of the KMT concept of “New Taiwanese” from the civic side of the spectrum towards the ethnic side. In order to become electable, Ma Ying-jeou had to portray a very “Taiwanized” image. This suggests the strong impact of two decades of Taiwanization policies, focused on the ethnic and cultural realm, on the political market of Taiwan. The emergence of the “culturally enhanced” concept of “New Taiwanese” emphasizes the importance of cultural and ethnical discourses in national identity formation. After Ma’s election, his stance towards China has lacerated once again the conflict of identities that will continue to shape the future of the islands.

Book chapters

  • Kaeding M. (2014) 'Post-Colonial Macao's Changing Identity'. in Yu EWY, Chan MK (eds.) China's Macao Transformed: Challenge & Development in the 21st Century City University of Hong Kong Press Article number 9 , pp. 181-229.
  • Kaeding M. (2012) 'A new age in the changing Macao identity? Voices from the youth'. in (ed.) China’s Macao Transformed: Challenge and Development in the 21st Century Hong Kong : City University Press Article number 12
  • Kaeding M. (2011) 'Identity Formation in Taiwan and Hong Kong – How Much Difference, How Many Similarities?'. in Schubert G, Damm J (eds.) Taiwanese Identity in the 21st Century. Domestic, Regional and Global Perspectives London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group , pp. 258-279.


  • Kaeding M. (2012) The promise of democratization in Hong Kong: The 2011 District Council Elections and the 2012 Chief Executive Elections. in (ed.) NDI Hong Kong report number 15 Washington : National Democratic Institute Article number 15
  • Kaeding M. (2011) The Hong Kong land lease reform, the real estate market and the financial industry. in (ed.) The Hong Kong land lease reform, the real estate market and the financial industry Hong Kong : Community Development Initiative


I currently teach three BA modules (POL2038 International Political Economy, POL3063 Case Studies in Globalisation, POL 3072 States and Markets) and two MA module (POL M015 Key Issues in International Politics and POLM019 International Political Economy).

I previously lectured at Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Heidelberg covering areas of Communication Studies, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Economy.

Departmental Duties

Examination Officer 

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

Taiwan’s New Wave of Youth Movements paper presented at the Twentieth Bi-Annual Conference of European Association of Chinese Studies, Universities of Braga and Coimbra, Portugal, 23-26 July 2014.

Taiwan’s New Wave of Youth Movements: The Wild Strawberry Movement
paper presented at the Conference on Social Movements in Taiwan after 2008, SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies, University of London, United Kingdom, 16-18 June 2014.

當選 everywhere – the diffusion of Taiwan’s electioneering and social movements and their impact on democratisation in the Greater China region
paper presented at the European Association of Taiwan Studies, Annual Conference, Portsmouth, United Kingdom 30 April – 2 May 2014.

Resisting China: Social Movement Activists As Radicals?
paper presented at the 64th Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 14-16 April 2014.

Challenging Chinese nationalism: Localism in the Greater China region?
paper presented at the 24th annual Association for the Study of Ethnicity & Nationalism (ASEN) Conference at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom, 1-3 April 2014.

From Yellow to Blue: how China portrays itself as a global sea power
paper presented with Heidi NK Wang at the International Studies Association, Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, 26-29 March 2014.

Why China is not yet a regional power: Evidence from Taiwan and Hong Kong
paper presented at the International Studies Association, Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, 26-29 March 2014.

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