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Tao Wang is a Hallsworth Research Fellow in Chinese Political Economy at the University of Manchester, where he earned a PhD in Politics in 2021. His research lies at the intersection of public opinion, foreign policy, and political representation, with a regional focus on East Asia. His current work centres on authoritarian public opinion and foreign affairs, one of which aims to address the sources of popular support in China for Russia’s war in Ukraine. He is also developing a manuscript on constituency service in Taiwan, examining the ramifications of informal rules such as guanxi. Tao’s research has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the British Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Contemporary China, etc.

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
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Bringing Culture Back In: Explaining Constituency Service in Taiwan, The University of Manchester

8 Sept 20188 Sept 2021

Award Date: 8 Sept 2021

Master of Arts, University of Oklahoma

Award Date: 1 Dec 2016

External positions

Visiting PhD Fellow, National Taiwan University

May 2018Aug 2018

Visiting PhD Fellow, National Chengchi University

May 2016Jun 2016

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester China Institute


  • Constituency service
  • Political Representation
  • Guanxi
  • Cross-strait relations
  • Chinese public opinion
  • Nationalism


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