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Ran Hu


Title of Research:

China and ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative: A Post-Structuralist Reading 

Brief overview of research topic:

My PhD thesis focuses on China’s mega-project – the Belt and Road Initiative from a post-structuralist perspective. It interrogates the underlying assumptions, discursive performance, and constitutive effects that make possible the articulation and final acceptance of BRI as a global initiative for economic governance.

My research interests include International Relations Theory, International Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, and the International Politics of Asia-Pacific.



MA in International Relations (Distinction), University of York


2019 Speaker – 2009 York Asian Research Network Annual Conference, York, England

Title: Beyond Rationality: China and Its ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative

2019 Speaker and Co-organiser – Global Futures: China as a European Power (Pushing the Boundary Workshop Series). York, England

Title: Europe: a BRI-Taker or BRI-Shaper

2018 Speaker – 7th UIBE International Affairs Summer Forum: The Global Significance and Practical Implications of Building a New Model of International Relations. Beijing, China

Title: How New is China’s New Type of International Relations?

2018 Speaker – 4th China and The Middle East Conference – China and West Asia: Economic Development, and Social and Political Cooperation. Nevsehir, Turkey 

Title: Beyond Rationality: China and ‘One Belt, One Road’

2018 Discussant – Renmin University of China (RUC) – The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Think Tank Summit: “The Belt and Road” Green Development. Beijing, China

Ran is supervised by Dr Nick Ritchie

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Mr Ran Hu