I am completing my DPhil in Politics at DPIR, University of Oxford. My research concerns political leadership, state cpacity, and China-Africa infrastructure cooperation. My thesis investigates why Chinese-financed and -constructed develop into starkly different trajectories in different African countries.
I hold a Master of Science (MSc) in Politics Research from Oxford, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Law in international relations from Shanghai International Studies University. Before Oxford, I served in the China office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and at the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence Foundation’s (SACE Foundation) Nairobi office for a total of three years.
My research interests include:
- Comparative Politics and Government,
- Political economy and international political economy,
- Public Policy,
- Political Economy
- Seminar Leader, Evidence and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, 2020
- Teaching Assistant, Essential Statistics for Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, 2019
- Course Assistant, Social Institutions and Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School, 2013
- Comparative political economy of development
- Comparative politics
- African politics
- Qualitative research methods
- 2018 – 2021 China Scholarship Council
- 2016 China Oxford Scholarship Fund
- 2015 China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS-CARI) Fellowship
- 2013 Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government of Harvard Kennedy School, funding for thesis
- 2012 Harvard Kennedy School Summer Internship Fund
- 2010 The 11th “Challenging Cup” Academic Competition, 2nd place in Shanghai and 3rd place nationally
Fluent in English and Chinese, conversational level in Portuguese, French, and Japanese.
- Wang, Y. and Y., Luo, (2015). China Business Perception Index: Survey on Chinese Companies' Perception of Doing Business in Kenya.Geneva: Globethics.net.
- Wang, Y. ‘Individual Agency in State Capacity: Comparing Sino-African Railways in Kenya and Ethiopia.’ (Accepted, Journal of Comparative Politics)
- Wang, Y. and U. Wissenbach, 2019. ‘Clientelism at work? A case study of Kenyan Standard Gauge Railway project.’ Economic History of Developing Regions. Special issue on Africa and China: Emerging Patterns of Engagement.
- Sun, Y. and Y. Wang, (2015). ‘Learning to Collaborate: The Case Study of a Chinese-Kenyan CSR Effort.’ In Young-Chan Kim (eds). China and Africa: A New Paradigm of Global Business. Springer.
- Wissenbach, U. and Y. Wang, (2015). ‘Development Policy – alternatives, challenges and opportunities.’ In Wang, J. and W. Song, China, the European Union and International Politics of Global Governance. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Wissenbach, U. and Y. Wang, (2017). ‘Local politics meets Chinese engineers – A study into the Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway Project in Kenya.’ Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies China-Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) working paper.
- Wissenbach, U. and Y. Wang, (2017). ‘Local Politics Meets Chinese Engineers: A Study of the Chinese-Built Standard Gauge Railway Project In Kenya.’ Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies China-Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) policy brief.
- Wang, Y. and S. Zadek, (2016). ‘Sustainability Impacts of Chinese Outward Direct Investment: A Review of the Literature.’ International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) working paper.
Conference Papers and Presentations:
- African Studies Association; Panel: African Understandings and Agency in China-Africa Engagements. Paper: Individual Agency in State Capacity: Comparing Sino-Africa railway development in Kenya and Ethiopia. Virtual conference.
- American Political Science Association; Panel: state-building in comparative perspective. Paper: Reconciling efficiency and accountability? Virtue conference.
- Shanghai Conference on Africa and Asia, Harvard Center for African Studies; Panel: Infrastructure, Trade, and Industrialization. Paper: Chinese-Funded and Constructed Railway Projects in Sub-Saharan African States. Shanghai.
- Oxford University China Africa Network: Between Physical and Ideological Mobility; Panel: The Politics of Transport: Realpolitik, Elite Ideologies and the Role of Infrastructure. Paper: Politicization for Development: The politics of Sino-Africa railway cooperation. Oxford.
- China Africa Research Initiative Annual Conference; Panel: China, Africa, and the West. Paper: The politics of Sino-Africa infrastructure development. Washington D.C.