- Chinese political economy
- Political economy of international finance
Professor Leong Liew is the Director of the Tourism Confucius Institute and former Head of Department of International Business and Asian Studies. Leong lectures in the Department of IBAS and is a member of the Griffith Asia Institute.
Leong's research expertise includes China's political economy; political economy of Sino-US relations; development economics and studies; political economy of international business, trade and finance.
Professor Liew was the first-named chief investigator in 4 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants. He had given invited presentations at national and international organisations, including the Lowy Institute, Sydney; Global Development Network (GDN), Washington DC; Australian Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Institute of International Affairs President’s Forum on China.
In recognition of his expertise in the political economy of developing and transition countries, especially China, GDN invited him to set up a framework of analysis and mentor early career researchers from China, Fiji and PNG in a project on understanding market reforms in developing and transition economies. GDN later invited him to be a member of a team to help design a project on governance, growth and poverty in developing and transition countries. In addition to GDN, the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES) in Argentina appointed him as an advisor and referee to the China and Russia projects in an IDRC/UN funded program of research on macroeconomic volatility in developing countries.
Professor Liew is also Managing Editor of the Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy (Routledge).