Yu Keping


Yu Keping is the new Director of the Research Centre for Chinese Politics and Dean of the School of Government, Peking University. He was previously Deputy President of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau. Yu Keping is widely known for his commentaries on Chinese society and politics, and for his influential writings in the fields of political philosophy, law, globalisation, civil society, culture and democratic governance. Among his many books are The Globalisation Paradox(1998); Democracy is a Good Thing (2010); China in the Next 30 Years (2011); Happiness and Dignity(2012); Governance and Rule of Law in China (2012); Globalisation and Changes in China’s Governance (2013); and On China’s Cultural Transformation(2015).

Yu Keping has written columns for such platforms as The New York TimesThe Globalist and theHuffington Post. As a leading intellectual and advocate of democratic governance in China, he has earned honorary titles at many universities and was officially selected (in 2008) as one of the ‘30 most influential figures in the past 30 years of reforms in China’. In 2011, he was ranked in the ‘Global Top 100 Thinkers’ by Foreign Policy in the United States. Yu Keping was recently selected by the Chinese News Weekly as the ‘Most Influential Scholar of 2015’.

Professor Yu Keping is the honoured guest of the 2016 SDN Encounter.