People

Lucie Qian Xia

Departmental Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of China
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International Relations Network
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I am a Departmental Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of China. I hold a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and previously taught Chinese diplomacy and global governance at Sciences Po Paris, and was the postdoctoral China Policy Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I have also held research positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, and the Centre de recherches internationales in Paris. Prior to academia, I worked at the Delegation of the European Union to China in Beijing and the UN Representation Office to the EU in Brussels.

Research

My research relates to the international relations of China; the interlinkages between Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy; the study and practice of diplomacy; international relations theory and negotiation analysis. I am especially interested in examining how China could more effectively engage with the world to manage and solve pressing transnational problems, with a particular emphasis on climate change, trade, and AI governance.

My first book The Diplomatic Making of EU-China Relations: Structure, Substance and Style (Routledge, 2024) introduces a novel theoretical model of diplomatic relationship-building that brings to the fore the more nuanced and latent factors to make sense of EU-China diplomatic relationship-building, and sheds light on the opportunities and challenges in enhancing EU-China relations.

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • PPE 227 Politics in China as part of the Final Honours School in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, and History & Politics

Graduate

  • Course convenor of the course International Relations of contemporary China for the MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies, MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies, and MPhil in Global and Area Studies
  • Dissertation supervisions for the MPhil in International Relations

Publications

Journal articles

Diplomatic relationship-building in the age of generative AI: the European Union and China, Springer (2024)

Publications

Book cover
The Diplomatic Making of EU-China Relations: Structure, Substance and Style