Peter Ho



Multi-Actor Systems


Policy, Organisation, Law & Gaming

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Building 31

Room number: b2.100
Phone: +31 15 27 83362


Secondary employment

Research interests

  • China's transition
  • Development policy
  • Institutional theory
  • Sustainable development
  • Heterodox economics P.P.S. (Peter) Ho


Peter Ho is Chair Professor of Chinese Economy and Development and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council (ERC) Project on Land Policy and Administration in China RECOLAND.

Peter Ho has served as Chair Professor for over 10 years. Prior to taking up his current post, he was Chair Professor of Chinese Economy at the University of Leiden and Director of its Modern East Asia Research Centre. Before this, he was Chair Professor of International Development Studies at Groningen University where he directed the Centre for Development Studies.

Peter Ho has initiated and supervised large-scale projects with a total budget of over 4.5 million Euro. His projects have been personally supported by the Vice-Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China and the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation, and were visited by the Chinese Vice-Minister of Land and Resources, and the Dutch Minister of Spatial Planning and Environment.
Peter Ho acts and has acted as advisor to members of the Chinese government and the Dutch Cabinet, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has served on various commissions as a scientific advisor for the OECD, the EU, international corporations and banks.

Ho has extensively published on institutions and property rights, sustainable and rural development, poverty and social inequality, and environmental policy and management in China. He has worked on the revision of Western theories of development in relation to institutional change and social actors. In this regard, he posited the “Credibility Thesis”, and concepts as the “empty institution”, “intentional institutional ambiguity”, “embedded activism” and “developmental risk society.”

He has published widely in the leading SSCI/SCI-rated journals of Development, Planning and Environmental Studies with impact factors ranging from 3.0 to 8.25. Furthermore, Peter Ho has published over 10 books amongst which with Oxford University Press, Routledge and Blackwell Publishers.

In recognition of his scientific achievements, Prof. Ho was awarded the prestigious Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). This highly competitive prize targets the top scientists within the European Union. The ERC Review Panel noted about Prof. Ho that he: “is a world renowned scholar with an impressive set of publications and awards to his name” while his achievements and publications “show great intellectual capacity and creativity”.

Peter Ho was awarded the Kapp Prize by EAEPE (European Association for Evolutionary and Political Economy) one of the largest economics associations of the European Union. According to the EAEPE Council his contribution – a critique on neo-classical and neo-liberal theories of development – was selected ”as the most outstanding article of a large set of really high quality and valuable texts.”

Key publications

  • Peter Ho (2015), “Myths of Tenure Security and Titling: Endogenous, Institutional Change of China’s Housing and Land”, Land Use Policy, 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.04.008, Vol. 47, pp. 352–364
  • Peter Ho (2014), “The ‘Credibility Thesis’ and its Application to Property Rights: (In)secure Land Tenure and Social Welfare in China”, Land Use Policy, 10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.09.019, Vol. 40, September, pp. 13–27 
  • Peter Ho (2013), “In Defense of Endogenous, Spontaneously Ordered Development: The Institutional Structure of China’s Rural Urban Property Rights”, Journal of Peasant Studies, 10.1080/03066150.2013.866553, Vol. 40, No. 6, 1–32
  • Peter Ho and Richard L. Edmonds (eds.), China’s Embedded Activism: Limitations and Constraints of a Social Movement, (New York: Routledge, 2011, 2nd edition)
  • Peter Ho, Institutions in Transition: Land Ownership, Property Rights and Social Conflict in China, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)

More publications


Other articles

 SSCI-rated articles

  • Peter Ho, “Myths of Tenure Security and Titling: Endogenous, Institutional Change of China’s Housing and Land”, Land Use Policy, 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.04.008, 2015, Vol. 47, pp. 352–364

  Book chapters

  • Jennifer H. Zhao, Peter Ho, Dayuan Xue and Sjaak Swart, “Biotech Politics and Bt Cotton in an Emerging Economy: Is China a Developmental Risk Society?”, in Heather Zhang (eds.), Rural Livelihoods in China: Political Economy in Transition, (New York: Routledge, 2015)
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