Dr. Courtney FUNG 馮康雲​

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Dr. Courtney J. Fung is an associate professor of International Relations and concurrently an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and an associate fellow in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House/The Royal Institute of International Affairs. Her research focuses on how rising powers, like China and India, address the norms and provisions for a global security order.  She is particularly interested in how status affects these states as they address United Nations peacekeeping, intervention, and emerging norms, like the responsibility to protect.  Her 2019 Oxford University Press book explains China's varied response to intervention at the United Nations Security Council.  Her research was most recently supported by a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Government Research Fund grant (GRF) and a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme (ECS) award.  Prior research funding included grants from the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation and the Scaife Foundation.

Dr. Fung was most recently a 2016 – 2017 research fellow with the East Asia Institute in their Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, and an honorary research fellow at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney during a semester-long research sabbatical. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow with the now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, based at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. She held pre-doctoral fellowships with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and with the Global Peace Operations Program at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. 

Dr. Fung has a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she was awarded the Peter Ackerman Dissertation Prize for her doctoral thesis. She also holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Fung is also a graduate of the Middlebury College Chinese Summer Language School, where she was a Kathryn Davis fellow. Additional training includes the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research, Syracuse University and the Graduate Institute for Teaching, Tufts University.  Dr. Fung is a 2016 recipient of the HKU Early Career Teaching Award.​ She serves as an editor for Contemporary Security Policy ​and the Australian Journal of International Affairs and a member of the Fletcher School Board of Advisors.


  • 2019 - 2020 HKU Research Output Prize for the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 2020 - Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme
    Chatham House/Royal Institute of International Affairs
  • 2019 - Associate in Research
    Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
  • 2019 - 2020 Sino-British Fellowship Trust Visitorship
    ​The University of Hong Kong
  • 2019 - 2020 Emerging Scholar
    The Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian Security
    Australian National University
  • 2018 Government Research Fund Award
    Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
  • 2016 Early Career Teaching Award
    The University of Hong Kong
  • 2016 ​Research Fellowship
    Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia
    East Asia Institute, Seoul
  • 2014 Early Career Scheme Grant
    Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
  • 2012 Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program


  • Courtney J. Fung, China and Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).
    Winner of HKU Research Output Prize for the Faculty of Social Sciences
    Currently shortlisted for the LHM Ling Outstanding First Book Prize by the British International Studies Association
    Reviewed in Foreign Affairs, International Affairs, The China Quarterly, Global Asia, Australian Outlook, International Community Law Review, The China Journal
  • Courtney J. Fung, Björn Gehrmann, Rachel F. Madenyika, Jason G. Tower (editors), New Paths towards Conflict Prevention: Chinese and Swiss Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2020), in production.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • 2021, Courtney J. Fung and Shing-hon Lam, "Staffing the United Nations: China's motivations and prospects," International Affairs 97, no. 4. DOI: 10.1093/ia/iiab071.
  • 2021 Courtney J. Fung and Shing-hon Lam, ‘Contesting roles: rising powers as “net providers of security”’, Journal of Global Security Studies 6 (3): 1-19.
  • 2020 Courtney J. Fung, "Just Not In The Neighbourhood: China's Views on the Application ​of the Responsibility to Protect in the DPRK," The China Quarterly,​ DOI: 10.1017/S0305741020000648.
  • 2020 Courtney J. Fung, "Rhetorical Adaptation and International Order-Making: China's Advancement of the Responsibility to Protect," Cooperation and Conflict 55 (2): 193-215.
  • 2019 Courtney J. Fung, “Providing for Global Security: Implications of China’s Combat Troop Deployment to UN Peacekeeping,” Global Governance, 25, no. 4: 509–34. DOI: 10.1163/19426720-02504006.
  • 2018 Courtney J. Fung, “Negotiating the Nuclear and Humanitarian Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: A Simulation and Teaching Guide.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 1 – 4: doi:10.1017/S1049096518001026
  • 2018 Courtney J. Fung, “Separating Intervention From Regime Change? China’s Diplomatic Innovations at the UN Security Council Regarding the Syria Crisis,” The China Quarterly 235: 693 – 712.
  • 2016 Courtney J. Fung, “Global South solidarity? China, regional organisations and intervention in the Libyan and Syrian civil wars,” Third World Quarterly 37, no. 1: 33 – 50.
  • 2016 Courtney J. Fung, “What Explains China’s Deployment to UN Peacekeeping Operations?,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 16, no. 3: 409 – 441.
  • 2011 Courtney J. Richardson, “A Responsible Power? China and the UN Peacekeeping Regime,” International Peacekeeping 18, no. 3: 288 – 299. ​

Journal Manuscripts Under Review

  • Courtney J. Fung, “Rising Powers and Normative Resistance: Norm Begrudgers in International Politics,” revise and resubmit, Security Studies.
  • Shing-hon Lam and Courtney J. Fung, “Mapping China’s Influence at the United Nations,” under review

Journal Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Courtney J. Fung, "Rising Powers as Norm Agents: China, India and the Responsibility to Protect"
  • Courtney J. Fung, “Shaping a Global Information Order? Crafting a Typology of PRC Diplomatic Tactics”
  • Courtney J. Fung, “Grading Rubrics for Negotiation Simulations”

Book Chapters

  • 2019 Courtney J. Fung, “China, India and Intervention: Peacekeeping and the Responsibility to Protect,” in Kanti Bajpai, Manjari C. Miller and Selina Ho (editors), Routledge Handbook on China-India Relations, Routledge Asian Studies series.
  • 2012 Courtney J. Richardson, “A Responsible Power? China and the UN Peacekeeping Regime,” in Marc Lanteigne and Miwa Hirono (editors), China’s Evolving Approach to Peacekeeping (London: Routledge, 2012).
  • 2011 Courtney J. Richardson, “Contributors to UN Peacekeeping: The Comparative Case of China,” in Zhao Lei (editor), The Cutting-edge Issues of China's Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations (Beijing: Shishi Press, 2011), 467 - 487. [in Chinese and English]

Book Reviews

  • 2015 Courtney J. Fung, review of “China and the United Nations: Chinese UN Policy in the Areas of Peace and Development in the Era of Hu Jintao” The China Quarterly 223: 818 – 820.

Policy Writing/Knowledge Exchange