My PhD project at Beijing Normal University examines 'the power of the expert' in the context of third-party NGO evaluation. It examines this 'power' in the practice of NGO evaluation in the Chinese political and social context and attempts to promote a reflexive theory on evaluation. My research is based on a series of case studies using participant observation as well as analysis of the evolution of Chinese NGO evaluation and service purchasing policy.
I am currently part of a research project hosted by the University of Glasgow called 'COVID-19: Understanding Chinese government containment measures and their societal impacts' funded by UKRI/Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research. My role on the project derives from my familiarity with certain elements of the Chinese political system and society based on years of experience--both research and work--for NGOs and government purchased third-party projects. I also have a background in Chinese law, which is useful in navigating the authorities' policy and discourse. As part of the team, I have been systematically collecting and analysing Party and government policy documents to examine the Chinese response to Covid-19.