Dr Gordon Barrett


Tied to my interest in the history of Sino-British scientific relations, in 2015 I was a British Inter-University China Centre Early Career Researcher at the University of Bristol, working on a Cultural Engagement Partnership project with the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge. This project focused on digitising photographs and diaries relating to Dr. Joseph Needham’s British Council-sponsored activities as head of the Sino-British Science Cooperation Office, 1943-1946. This material is now available via the Cambridge University Digital Library. I also created a ‘pop-up’ exhibition entitled ‘Chinese Wartime Science through the Lens of Joseph Needham’, which showcases material from this collection and has been shown in Cambridge, Bristol, and London.


  • Minding the Gap: Zhou Peiyuan, Dorothy Hodgkin, and the Durability of Sino-Pugwash Networks

  • Between Sovereignty and Legitimacy: China and UNESCO, 1946-1953

  • China's “People's Diplomacy” and the Pugwash Conferences, 1957–1964

  • More

I currently teach:


FHS Masters
For DPIR: PPE227: The Government and Politics of China GXIV: The Global Twentieth Century, 1930-2003

Concepts and Themes in Global and Imperial History 


FS29: China Since 1900

History and Historiography of Modern China


For DPIR: The International Relations of East Asia


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