Lucie Qian Xia

Departmental Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of China
International Relations Network

Lucie Qian Xia is a Departmental Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of China.

She holds 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. Prior to academia, Lucie worked at the Delegation of the European Union to China in Beijing and the UN Representation Office to the EU in Brussels.


Lucie’s current research interests relate to Chinese diplomacy and the international relations of China; the institutional dynamics of Chinese politics and governance; the study and practice of diplomacy; international relations theory and negotiation analysis.

Her first book The Diplomatic Making of EU-China Relations: Structure, Substance and Style (Routledge, 2023) 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.

Lucie is currently working on a project exploring the continuation and evolution in China’s diplomacy across different issue areas and regions in the world, and impact on the international order.



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


  • 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