Molly Silk

Molly Silk


Personal profile


I am currently based at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) working as a doctoral researcher in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. My research examines China's space policy and the diplomatic efforts undertaken by agents of the national Chinese space programme, including cultural, communicative and cooperative activities. My research interests also include U.S.-China relations, U.S. and China innovation strategies and competition, emerging technologies, the commercial space sector, and intelligence and defence. I was previously at the University of Central Lancashire as an Associate Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies, teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Doctoral Supervisors: Dr Kieron Flanagan (AMBS) & Dr Simone Turchetti (CHSTM)


University of Manchester - Teaching Assistant

  • Climate Change and Society (2020/2021)
  • The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today (2021/2022)
  • Understanding China's Rise in a Globalising World (2022/2023)
  • Why China Matters (2023/2024)

University of Central Lancashire - Associate Lecturer

  • Developing Academic Knowledge (2021-2022) (Foundation Year)
  • The Shaping of the Asia Pacific (2019-2020 / 2020-2021 / 2021-2022) (BA First Year)
  • Asia Pacific International Relations (2018-2019 / 2019-2020 / 2021-2022) (BA Third Year)
  • China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Relations (2019-2020) (MA)

Further information


Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Translation and Interpreting Studies (Chinese Mandarin), The University of Manchester


  • China
  • China's Foreign Policy
  • Space
  • Diplomacy
  • Policy
  • Science, technology & innovation policy
  • Science Policy