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Dr. Tran Sautede Emilie 博士
Assistant Professor
School of Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Emilie Tran joined the School of Arts and Social Sciences, HKMU, in January 2023.

Research Driven by international and multidisciplinary collaborations, Dr Tran’s research investigates global China: China’s engagement in global public health; health diplomacy; digital diplomacy; the external relations of the EU, France, the Middle East and Africa. She also researches on public policy, administration, and management (training of civil servants and political elite; the smart city; public -private partnership), and public governance (China’s transnational governance of its diaspora, re-creating an extra-territorial space). She has published in the Journal of Contemporary China; Mediterranean Politics; China Perspectives; China: An International Journal; and International Migration.

Testimony of her impact and engagement with policy- and decision-makers, includes roundtable discussions in renowned venues, such as Chatham House, The Brookings Institution, and The Doha Forum.

She has a track record of winning competitive grant-funding, having secured six research grants as principal investigator since 2013.

Teaching Since 2004, she has been teaching a wealth of subjects in political science, public policy, international relations, core and common courses, and European studies at the undergraduate, master’s and doctorate levels. She enjoys including transcultural experiential learning, transnational service-learning and transdisciplinary inquiries in her teaching.

She won the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching 2021 (Hong Kong Baptist University) for the positive and transformative impacts she had made on her students.

In recognition of her 20 years of remarkable service to education, research and community service, including the creation of transnational double degree programmes, the French Republic bestowed upon her in 2020 a “Knighthood” [Chevalier] of L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, a national merit order that honours distinguished academics.

Service to the University Prior to joining HKMU, Dr Tran held two permanent positions, at the University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ, 2008-2016), and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU, 2016-2023). At USJ, she rose through the ranks, from Assistant to Associate Professor, and from Programme Coordinator of Government Studies and International Relations to Department Head, and Dean of the Faculty of Administration of Leadership. At HKBU, she was the French stream coordinator, then Director of the entire European Studies programme; eventually she became the Director of Transdisciplinary undergraduate Programmes.

Service to the Community Since 2018, Dr Tran is an elected representative of the French living abroad [Conseillère des Français de l’étranger].

She is a role model for Inspiring Girls Hong Kong, a not-for-profit program that aims to overcome gender and cultural stereotypes, by connecting 10-18 year-old students with professional leaders from all walks of life and industry backgrounds.

Committed to fight domestic violence, she is a patron of SAVE YOU and Mots et Maux de Femme, two platforms dedicated to help French women living abroad facing intra-familial abuse.  

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Contemporary Chinese politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Chinese diaspora
  • China's foreign relations
  • China's public diplomacy

Academic & Professional Experience


  • European Commission Erasmus+ (Team Member/Junior Expert) HKD98,491 (2022-2026) Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - Improving Institutional Trust in Times of Pandemics (IITTP) (Project ID 101085026) 
  • Hong Kong University Grants Committee General Research Fund (Principal Investigator until Dec 2022, Co-Investigator in 2023-2025, due to change of university) HKD762,687 (2022 -2025) How China Speaks To The World In The Covid-19 Era: China’s Political Communication and Mobilisation in Europe (Project #12619222)
  • Hong Kong Research Grants Council Research Matching Grant Scheme (Principal Investigator) HKD22,500 (2021-2023) The Climate Collage and Hong Kong’s Contribution to Mitigate Climate Change
  • PROCORE - France/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme (Principal Investigator) HKD125,963 (2021-2022) Transnational and Transdisciplinary Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Aarhus University Research Foundation (Co-Investigator) DKK570,500 (2021-2022) China's Twitter Diplomacy: Content and Impact” (AUFF-E-2020-9-1)
  • Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty Niche Research Areas (Co-Investigator) HKD933,792 (2020-2022) Trust and the Smart City
  • Aarhus University, Denmark (Co-Investigator) EUR1,500 (2020) Chinese Twitter
  • Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty of Social Sciences Research Grant (Principal Investigator) HKD50,000.00 (2018) The Overseas Chinese in France and Hungary — What Role Do They Play in Expanding China’s Political Influence in Europe?
  • Macau Foundation (Principal Investigator) MOP403,300 (2014-2015) Impact Assessment of the Macao Forum’s Seminars on the Economy and Public Policy-Making in Portuguese Speaking Countries — An Illustration of South-South Cooperation
  • Macau Foundation (Co- Principal Investigator) MOP340,000 Survey on public environmental consciousness in Macao, a Pearl River Comparison


  • 2016-2023 Director of Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Programmes, Division of Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Programmes (2022-2023). Assistant Professor Coordinator European Studies | French Stream (2016-2022). Director of BSocSc (Hons) in European Studies,  Department of Government & International Studies (2021-2022) | Hong Kong Baptist University
  • 2008-2016 Associate Professor, Head of Department of Public Administration and International Relations, Dean of Faculty Administration and LeadershipUniversity of Saint Joseph, Macao
  • ​2004-2007 Part-time Lecturer, the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau
  • ​2000-2005 Research Fellow, the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (Centre d’Études Français sur la Chine contemporaine, CEFC), Hong Kong

Selected Publications


  • Baker, J. S. (Ed.), Gao, Y. (Ed.), Cole, A., Tran, É. (Ed.), & Yue, X-G. (2022). Transnational and Transdisciplinary Lessons of COVID 19 From the Perspective of Risk and Management. MDPI AG.

Book Chapters

  • Tran, E., Zoubir, Y.H. (2023). China’s Health Diplomacy in the “New-Cold-War” Era: Contrasting the Battle of Narratives in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. In: Tan, K.P. (eds) Asia in the Old and New Cold Wars. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore.
  • Tran E. & Sautede, E. (forthcoming). The Role of Catholic Organizations and Catholic Figures in the Rise of Civil Society in Macao. J. Derrick Lemons and S.-h. Chan (eds.) Rapid Religious Cultural Change. Amsterdam University Press.
  • Tran, E. & Yahia H. Zoubir (February 2023). China’s Health Diplomacy: A Cold-War-Style Battle of Narratives. In K. P. Tan (Ed.) Asia in the Old and New Cold Wars: Ideologies, Narratives, and Lived Experiences. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Zoubir, Y. & Tran, E. (February 2023). China’s ‘Health Silk Road’ Diplomacy in the MENA. In Y. H. Zoubir (Ed.). Routledge Companion to China and the Middle East and North Africa. Routledge.
  • Zoubir, Y. & Tran, E. (2022 in press). The Maghrib and Outside Powers. In G. Joffe (Ed.). Routledge Handbook on The Modern Magrib. Routledge.
  • Cole, A., Lai Ming Tsun, C., Stivas, D., & Tran, E. (2022). Chapter 7: The 'Smart City' between urban narrative and empty signifier: the case of Hong Kong. In Constructing Narratives for City Governance. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Tran, É. (2021). The Yellow Vest Movement: Causes, Consequences and Significance. In Helen Drake, Alistair Cole, Sophie Meunier, Vincent Tiberj (Eds.). Developments in French Politics 6 (6th edition). London: Macmillan.
  • Tran. E. (2016). “Lusofonia and Francophonie: The Challenges of Diversity in the Era of Cultural and Economic Globalization”, in Vera Borges (ed), Between Demystification and Utopia: An Inquiry into Lusofony, University of Saint Joseph Press, 2016, pp. 141-152.
  • Tran. E. (2016). “Echoing Alternative Voices: The East Timorese in Macao”, in Sarah Smith, Antero B. da Silva, Nuno Canas Mendes, Alarico da Costa Ximenes, and Clinton Fernandes (eds.), Timor Leste 2015, Hawthorn, Swinburne Press, 2016, Vol. I, Chp 37, pp. 230-237.
  • Quadros, T. S., and Tran, E. “Social Transformation in the Eyes of Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Dogme 95.” Edited by Susana Gonçalves and Suzanne Majhanovich. Comparative and International Education Art and Intercultural Dialogue, 2016, 113-27.
  • Tran. E. (2015). “In The Red 2.0: Online Reactivation of Maoist Mobilisation Methods and Propaganda", in Joseph Cheng (ed.), The Use of Mao and the Chongqing Model, Hong Kong, Hong Kong City University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Cole, A. & Tran, E. (2022). Trust and Smart City. China Perspectives 2022/3.
  • Cole, A. & Tran, E. (2022). Trust and the Smart City: The Hong Kong Paradox. China Perspectives, 2022/3.
  • Cole, A.; Baker, J.S.; Tran, E.; Gao, Y. Introduction to the Special Issue ‘Transnational and Transdisciplinary Lessons of COVID-19 from the Perspective of Risk and Management’. J. Risk Financial Manag. 2022, 15, 210.
  • Tran, E.; Tseng, Y.-c. To Trust or Not to Trust? COVID-19 Facemasks in China–Europe Relations: Lessons from France and the United Kingdom. J. Risk Financial Manag. 2022, 15, 187.
  • Tran, E. (2022). Role Dynamics and Trust in France China Coopetition. Mediterranean Politics.
  • Tran, E & Zoubir, Y. H. (2022) INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE China in the Mediterranean: An Arena of Strategic Competition?, Mediterranean Politics.
  • Yahia H. Zoubir & Emilie Tran (2022) China’s Health Silk Road in the Middle East and North Africa amidst COVID-19 and a Contested World Order, Journal of Contemporary China.
  • Tran, É. and Chuang, Y. H. (2020). “Social Relays of China’s Power Projection? Overseas Chinese Collective Actions for Security in France”. International Migration, 58(3): 101-117.
  • Tran, É. (2019). “Marseille: bientôt un comptoir chinois?”. Confluences Méditerranée, 109(2): 33-46.
  • Ho, W.-C., & Tran. E. (2019). “Hong Kong–China Relations over Three Decades of Change: From Apprehension to Integration to Clashes”. China: An International Journal, 17(1): 173-193.
  • Tran, É. & Matias Dos Santos, J.C. (2015). The Seminars of the Macao Forum: An Illustration of China’s Soft-Power Diplomacy towards the Portuguese-Speaking Countries. China: An International Journal 13(1), 93-112. http://doi:10.1353/chn.2015.0006.
  • Tran. E. (2009). Entry on “Elite Groups” in Pong David (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Modern China, 4 vols., Charles Scribner's Sons, an imprint of Gale / Cengage Learning, Detroit, MI., 2009. The Encyclopedia of Modern China received three awards: 2010 Dartmouth Medal Honorable Mention; Library Journal's Best Reference Sources of 2009; Outstanding Reference Sources for 2010 by the American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).
  • Chang, K., Van Schalkwyk, G., & Tran, E. (2006). The Impact of Macao’s Gaming Industry on Family Life. China Perspectives 64 March - April 2006.
  • Tran. E. (2003). From Senior Official to Top Civil Servant. China Perspectives [Online], 46 | march-april 2003, Online since 09 August 2012, connection on 19 January 2023.

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