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Heidi Wang-Kaeding

Lecturer in International Relations, Keele University

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, while financial support for my fieldwork came from the Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries Award. I received my undergraduate degree from the Hong Kong Baptist University and was the winner of Scholastic Award in 2011. 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 am one of the co-founders of the Hong Kong Studies Association.

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.


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    Lecturer in International Relations, Keele University