Hello, I am Rong, a PhD student in the School of Government at the University of Birmingham. My research focuses on British foreign policy towards China in the period 1979-2014. The research adopts a ‘primacy of domestic politics’ approach to understanding the making of foreign policy.
Alongside my doctoral studies, I enjoy teaching in the Politics and International Studies department at Birmingham, and I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. I am an active member of the political science doctoral community, can communicate in three languages, and have three Masters degrees in education, international relations and social research.
I have worked in education as both a teacher of Chinese and English, and during the COVID pandemic I was an intern in the UNESCO lifelong learning project looking into the impact of the crisis on higher education institutions around the world.
Outside of academia and work I enjoy tennis, yoga and swimming.