Selected Publications and Conferences

Transcending the North-South Divide: Norm Subsidiary and China’s Development Experience through the UNDP, Journal of Political Studies. (Forthcoming)

Impact of Digital Credit on Inclusive Development, UNDP Report. (Forthcoming)

The Besieged Rainbow: the LGBT Norm in China, Los Angeles Review of Books, January 2019.

Double Dissents: Chinese Students Returning from the West. Dahrendorf Programme Working Paper. 2018.

[Shortened Version] Double Dissidents: The cognitive dissonance of overseas Chinese students”. China Channel, Los Angeles Review of Books, June 2018. The German translation to be published in the quarterly journal LIBERAL.

Art of Bargaining, in Narratives and Anthropology, edited by Zheng Shaoxiong and Li Rongrong, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press.

When Norms Become Narratives: A Political Ethnography of Norm Diffusion in UNDP China. British International Studies Association, 2019.

Norm Entanglement: the Belt Road Initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, 2018.

Localising the Global? Storytelling and Norm Diffusion through UNDP China. British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies Annual Conference, 2017.

Reconstruct Our World-Views: International Thought in China, 1989 to 1999, the 10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations. 2016.

Ideas, Leaders and the Politics of Consensus: Lessons from Party Reform in Britain and China, GEM-Fudan International Workshop on China and the EU in a Multipolar World. 2016.


As a non-fiction writer and journalist, I contribute to feature reports and commentaries in international newspapers and media, including BBC (Chinese), UK-Chinese Times, Lifeweek, Initium Media (HK), CNPolitics and ConsensusNet.

¿Por qué China debería apostarle a Guaidó y dejar a Maduro? AL Navío. 13 January. 2019.

Farewell to the Age of Labour: Dialogue with James Ferguson. Lifeweek,No.1018, December 2018.

The Passionate Era: Talk with Tariq Ali. Lifeweek, No. 988. May 2018.

The UN Reform in Conflict Prevention. Lifeweek, No. 983. April 2018.

The Dehydrated City, in Dandu, December 2017, Taihai Press.

The Last Peruvian Revolution, in Dandu, December 2016, Taihai Press.

Brexit, Absurd Politics or Democratic Choices? in Initium Media, June 2016.

Academic Honors

Oxford-China Scholarship, China Scholarship Council, 2015-18

Carr and Stahl Fund, St Antony’s College, 2017

Dahrendorf Scholar, University of Oxford, 2017

Gilbert Murray UN Study Award, 2017

BP Award in International Development, 2017

Vice Chancellor’s Fund, University of Oxford, 2017

Dean’s List, University of St Andrews, 2012, 2013, 2014

Matt Howell Dissertation Prize: Best Undergraduate Dissertation, 2014