I joined Keele University in September 2019. Prior to this, I was Assistant Professor in Asian Politics at
Trinity College Dublin, working for the Department of Political Science and Trinity Centre for Asian
Studies. I obtained my PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2017. My doctoral thesis on China’s role in Global Environmental Governance was funded by the Montague Burton Studentship and the Goodwin Scholarship. I received my undergraduate degree from the Hong Kong Baptist University and was the winner of Scholastic Award in 2011.

Research and scholarship

My research focuses on three substantial themes: global environmental governance; economic
statecraft in East Asia; and the role of emotions in international politics. These strands are linked
through the overarching question of how the rise of China is reshaping regional power dynamics in
East Asia and how China’s emergence as a superpower creates normative effects on multilateral
governance. I have presented my research at academic conferences in thirteen countries and invited
to give talks to a variety of audiences, including the European Parliament and the Irish Department
of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Her work on the role of emotions in international politics is adapted into an award-winning documentary film, Black Bauhinia.


I am currently the co-ordinator of the following modules:

  • Foreign Policy (International Relations, Level 5)
  • The Rise of China (Politics and International Relations, Level 6)
  • International Diplomacy (MS)



I am happy to supervise doctoral work in the following areas:

  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Affective International Relations
  • The Politics of the Greater China


  • Co-founder of Hong Kong Studies Association
  • Committee member of Keele University Collaborative Provision and Partnership
  • Reviewer for Journal of Contemporary European Research, Government and Opposition, Environmental Politics, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Cambridge University Press.
  • Media exposure including Al Jazeera, Monocle 24, RTÉ, Bloomberg, China-US Focus, the Diplomat, BBC Radio Stoke, and China Dialogue.

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