Ph.D. Candidates


CAO Yunxin is a Ph.D. student in Public Administration at the University of Macau. She holds a Master’s degree in International Trade from Sun Yat-Sen University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Trade from Tianjin Polytechnic University. Her research focuses on mechanisms of local government cooperation in interregional environmental governance.

E-mail: yb37354@umac.mo


CHEN Qiaoyu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Administration at the University of Macau. She earned her M.A. in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at Chongqing University and her B.A. in English from Sichuan International Studies University. She is currently conducting research on the role of interest groups in shaping China’s foreign policy decision-making in the reform period.

E-mail: yb07310@umac.mo


DING Rui is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Macau. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from the School of International Studies at Guangzhou Jinan University, and a B.A. in Economics from the Business School of Jilin University. His research interests include regional integration in East Asia, China’s foreign affairs, and Sino-European relations.

E-mail: yb47314@umac.mo


Xin JIN is a Ph.D. Student in Political Science at the University of Macau. He holds a Master’s degree in the Science of Diplomacy from the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Southwest University for Nationalities.

E-mail: yb47320@umac.mo


LEI Anqi (Angel) is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Macau. She holds an M.A. in Global Political Economy from Chinese University of Kong Kong and a B.A. in International Economics and Trade from International School of Jinan University. Her research is focused on asset bubbles, shadow banking system, particularly with respect to the financial crisis in China.

E-mail: yb47313@umac.mo


Pui Chi LAI (賴佩芝) is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Macau. She obtained a Master’s degree in Public International Law from Leiden University and a Master’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, focusing on international human rights issues. Her current research is focused on international human rights, identity and post-colonialism. Prior to her Ph.D. research, she worked as an intern for several international human rights organizations and for an international human rights law firm in the Netherlands.

E-mail: yb37368@umac.mo


LIU Dan (劉丹; Vera) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Macau. She conducts research on international security and Sino-U.S. relations. Her dissertation assesses the development of confidence-building measures in East Asian security relations. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Guangdong University of Foreign Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economy and Trade from Central South University.

E-mail: liudan2159@hotmail.com


Tony Cho-Ki TO is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Macau. He received an M.A. in International Politics from Fudan University and a B.A. in History from Shue Yan University in Hong Kong. His research interests focus on global military security, cross-Strait military relations and US military strategy. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled, “Military Relations between the United States and Taiwan since 1979”.

E-mail: yb27318@umac.mo


Qichao WANG is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Macau. His research is focused on China-ASEAN relations, development on the Mekong River, and the international politics of the Korean peninsula. His dissertation examines multilateralism in China-ASEAN relations. Qichao holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from China Foreign Affairs University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from China Minzu University.

E-mail: wangqichao0410@sina.com


Xiaojie WANG is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Macau. She holds an M.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Journalism and Public Communication from the University of Macau. Her research interests focus on Chinese media and Chinese foreign policy and public opinion regarding China’s rise. Her doctoral dissertation examines global perceptions of a rising China.

E-mail: yb27319@umac.mo


Lili WU (武麗麗) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Macau. Her research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Sino-U.S. relations and East Asian regional security. Her dissertation is titled: “Managing the Contradictions of China’s Diplomatic Transformation: Proactive Behaviors versus Conservative Strategy”. Lili holds an M.A. in International Relations from Fudan University and a B.A. in Public Administration from Shanghai Ocean University. She is currently a visiting scholar at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.

E-mail: wumaggie521@gmail.com


ZHANG Xinran (張昕然) is a Ph.D. student in Public Adminstration at the University of Macau. She obtained a Master’s degree in Government and Politics in Greater China from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a B.A degree in Journalism. Her current research is focused on corruption, rent-seeking, and political communication. Her dissertation examines the role of media in combating corruption in mainland China.

E-mail: lilyzhangxinran@126.com


Jing ZOU (鄒靜) is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Macau. She holds an M.A. in International Politics and a B.A. in International Relations from Wuhan University. Her research is focused on China’s foreign policy toward Africa and Latin America.

E-mail: yb27320@umac.mo