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Wang Peng

Dr Wang Peng

Assistant Professor

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Peng Wang is a criminologist focusing on Chinese organized crime. His wider research interests include organized crime, mafias, police corruption, military corruption and extra-legal governance.

His doctoral thesis entitled ‘The Chinese Mafia: The rise of extra-legal protection in a guanxi-based society’ developed an empirical analysis of the rise of extra-legal protection in contemporary China by emphasizing two major types of unlawful protectors—the ‘Red Mafia’ (corrupt officials) and the ‘Black Mafia’ (locally-based criminal groups).

Peng is also an associate member of the Extra-legal Governance Institute, University of Oxford.

Courses taught


King’s College London

MA Criminology and Criminal Justice
King’s College London

East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai, China)

Research interests

Organized crime
Police corruption
Military corruption
Media misconduct
Extra-legal governance

Current research

The Chinese mafia: organized crime, corruption and extra-legal protection

Explaining the persistence of campaign-style policing in China

Interactions between formal and informal institutions: How China promotes its military officers

The role of middlemen in the buying and selling of military positions

Selected publications


Wang, P. (2017) The Chinese Mafia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal articles:

Wang, P. (in press). Military Corruption in China: The role of guanxi in the buying and selling of military positions. The China Quarterly.

Wang, P. & Antonopoulos, G. (2016). Organized crime and illegal gambling: How Do Illegal Gambling Enterprises Respond to the Challenges Posed by Their Illegality in China?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. 49 (2), 258-280.

Skarbek D. & Wang, P. (2015). Criminal Rituals. Global Crime. 16(4), 288-305.

Wang, P. (2014). Extra-legal protection in China: How guanxi distorts China’s legal system and facilitates the rise of unlawful protectors. The British Journal of Criminology. 54 (4). 809-830.

Wang, P. & Blancke, S. (2014). Mafia State: The Evolving Threat of North Korean Narcotics Trafficking. The RUSI Journal. 159 (5). 52-59.

Broadhurst, R. & Wang, P. (2014). After the Bo Xilai Trial: Does Corruption Threaten China’s Future?. Survival: Global Politics and Strategy. 56 (3). 157-178.

王鵬(著),李曉敏(譯),‘中國經濟改革與法外保護興起’《新制度經濟學評論》第26卷, 第166~189頁。被人大複印資料《理論經濟學》2014年第8期全文轉載。

Wang, P. (2013). The Increasing Threat of Chinese Organised Crime: National, Regional and International Perspectives. The RUSI Journal. 158 (4). 6-18.

Wang, P. (2013). The Rise of the Red Mafia in China: A Case Study of Organised Crime and Corruption in Chongqing. Trends in Organized Crime. 16 (1). 49-73.

Wang, P. (2011). The Chinese Mafia: Private Protection in a Socialist Market Economy. Global Crime. 12 (4). 290-311.

Book chapters:

Wang, P. (2015). Organized Crime in a Transitional Economy: The Resurgence of the Criminal Underworld in Contemporary China. G. Barak (Ed.). Routledge International Handbook on the Crimes of the Powerful. Pages 401-11. Routledge.

Wang, P. (2015). East Asian Intelligence and Organized Crime: An Introduction. S. Blancke (Ed.). East Asian Intelligence and Organized Crime. Köster Berlin.


Wang, P. (2012). Partners in crime: Triad groups move to exploit mainland China. Jane’s Intelligence Review. 24 (11). 46-49.

Wang, P. (2012). Crime Clubs: Clamping Down on Criminal Networks in China. Jane’s Intelligence Review. 24 (5). 46-49.

Wang, P. (2011). Divide and Conquer: Factionalised Triad Gang Spreads Its Wings. Jane’s Intelligence Review. 23 (11). 46-49.

Wang, P. (2011). Vicious Circles: Gang Legacy of the Cultural Revolution. Jane’s Intelligence Review. 23 (8). 46-49.