Qiaochu Zhang

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I am a PhD candidate in Politics at the University of Manchester. Before coming to Manchester, I obtained an LLB in international politics from the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University (China) and a MA in international relations from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

My research focuses on the question of how China executes normative contestation and resistance regarding the norms of human protection – in particular, the Protection of Civilians (POC), Responsibility to Protect (R2P), and development assistance – and deals with the interaction between China’s traditional interpretation of sovereignty and liberal norms through a historical and cultural lens. It also analyses the impacts of China’s norm contestation on the effectiveness of human protection and the international normative order. My research project is supervised by Dr Jess Gifkins and Prof James Pattison.

I am the convenor of the Early Career Researcher Workshop at the Manchester China Institute. I am also a teaching assistant in the Politics Department and have been awarded the Associate Fellowship of Advance HE (AFHEA).

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Memberships of committees and professional bodies

International Studies Association (ISA)

European International Studies Association (EISA)

British International Studies Association (BISA)

Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)


POLI 10601 Introduction to International Politics  2021-2022

POLI 20332 The Politics of (in)Security  2022-2023

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts in International Relations (Distinction), King's College London

22 Sept 20181 Dec 2019

Award Date: 1 Dec 2019

Bachelor of Law in International Politics, Fudan University

1 Sept 201422 Jun 2018

Award Date: 22 Jun 2018

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Norm contestation
  • UN politics
  • Human protection