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Lee Pei May

Academic Qualification

  • PhD in International Relations - Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham

Lee Pei May (Dr.)

Assistant Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Lee Pei May is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the International Islamic University Malaysia. She completed her PhD in 2019 under the supervision of Professor Andreas Bieler and Dr. Chun-Yi Lee from University of Nottingham where she worked on her thesis titled ‘Assessing China’s development in the Global Economy: Underdevelopment, Uneven and Combined Development or Developmental Catch-up?’ Her general research interest is in the area of International Political Economy/International Relations, specifically focusing on China. She would be happy to work with someone with similar research interest.   

Area of Specialisation

  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Political Sciences and Public Policy ~ International Relations

Teaching Responsibilities


Research Projects

2020 - 2023 Enhancing energy efficiency through energy feedback monitoring initiative in a school in RCE Greater Gombak for sustainable community living.
2020 - Present Understanding the needs and expectations of SMEs post-Covid-19

Award & Recognition

10 Jun, 2022 Promising Award For Research (Below 40) - AHAS KIRKHS KCDIO
21 Apr, 2022 Best Presenter Award - University Tunku Abdul Rahman (BRSRC) International



2023 An exploratory study on students’ electricity consumption in RCE Gombak for sustainable communities. Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 8 (3) pp. 1-12
2022 China-Laos Railway transforming lives and livelihoods. CGTN, 1 December 2022 () pp.
2022 COVID -19 pandemic: a litmus test of the resilience of Chinese and US governance models. Geografia - Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 18 (2) pp. 143-154
2021 US-China relations: trade war and the quest for global hegemony. Journal of International Studies, 17 () pp. 131-155
2020 Covid-19: Is wearing facemask necessary?. IIUM Emotional and Psychological Support Site, () pp.
2020 Covid-19: Protecting lives and livelihoods. New Straits Times, 7 May 2020 () pp.
2020 Kudos to Malaysians. New Straits Times, () pp.
2020 Need to address digital divide. The Star, () pp.
2020 Public give positive feedback. The Star, () pp.
2017 The return of the haze: an analysis of Singapore Government’s behavior before and after the 2013 haze attack. Journal of Social Sciences, Naresuan University, 13 (1 (January=June)) pp. 225-235
2016 Book Review: TJ Pempel and Keiichi Tsunekawa (eds.), Two crises, different outcomes: East Asia and global finance. Political Studies Review, 14 (4) pp. 632-633
Conference or Workshop Item

2022 China’s development in the global economy. In: International Political Economy Webinar,
2022 Competition for global influence post-pandemic: China’s vaccine diplomacy in Malaysia. In: 8th China-South and Southeast Asian Think Tank Forum,
2022 Sentiment analysis of China’s “one-belt one-road” initiative and its effects on China’s soft power. In: International Conference on Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Economics Development,
2021 Can a mouse lift an elephant? explanation of chinese investment in Malaysia’s East Coast railway construction. In: Research Seminars on ASEAN-China-Norms,
2021 COVID 19:assessment of crisis management in China and the United States. In: International Virtual Conference on Governance of China: Perspectives from Southeast Asia,
2020 An analysis of public sentiments towards Malaysian Government's Policies in managing COVID-19 pandemic. In: WAPOR Asia 3rd Annual Conference:,
Book Section

2023 Competition for global influence post-pandemic: China’s vaccine diplomacy in Malaysia. In: Emerald Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-80455-589-7, pp. 191-205
2023 Public perception of Malaysian government management during the first wave of COVID-19 outbreak. In: Emerald Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-80455-589-7, pp. 113-136