My DPhil thesis focuses on the dynamics of norm diffusion, based on an in-depth political ethnography of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China.

I draw attention to the understudied micro-level and everyday practices of norm diffusion, in the context of interactions with emerging powers, and thereby hope to provide a nuanced understanding of local-global relationships and how these symbolic boundaries are constantly transgressed and reshaped.

Besides my thesis, I work on international thought of intellectuals and especially the traditions of cosmopolitanism in different places. My MA thesis draws on the rise of New Left intellectuals in China (1989-1999), and sees intellectuals as situated agents actively responding to the changes in international politics.

I have also studied the impact of cross-cultural exchanges and experience on political attitudes. This small research project is supported by the Dahrendorf Programme at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.