About Xuechen Chen

Xuechen Chen is Course Leader and Lecturer in Politics & International Relations at New College of the Humanities. Xuechen teaches the International Organisations course.


PhD European Studies, Kings College London (2016-present)

MSc in European Studies (with distinction) London School of Economics (2014)

BA French Studies, Beijing Language and Culture University (2013)


Xuechen Chen's Research

Xuechen’s research interests include the EU’s foreign policy towards Asia-Pacific, comparative regionalism, China’s foreign policy and its rising role in regional and global governance. Her ongoing PhD thesis explores the evolution of the EU’s engagement with ASEAN between 2007 and 2017.


Xuechen Chen, “The Role of ASEAN’s Identities in Re-shaping the EU-ASEAN Relations”, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 40, No. 2 (2018), pp. 222–46.

Xuechen Chen & Tony Spanakos, “BRICS: Post-Xiamen Summit”, East Asian Institute NUS Background Brief (Nov 2017).


Xuechen Chen's Teaching

Teaching Fellow at SOAS (MA module on East Asia International Politics) September 2017 – present

Teaching Assistant at King’s College London (BSc module on the Integration of European Union) September 2017 – June 2018

Professional Activity

Visiting Researcher at EU Centre in Singapore, National University of Singapore, July 2017

Associate Researcher at the European Institute for Asian Studies (Brussels), April 2017

Consultant for a European Commission funded project “DG AGRI Geographical Indication promotion campaign in China” (Beijing), August 2015 – January 2016


International Political Science Association 25th World Congress of Political Science, Brisbane, ‘the Geopolitical Implications of the EU’s connectivity strategy on the Belt and Road Initiatives” (Jul 2018)

The Belt and Road Initiative: EU-China Logistics and Supply Chain, Brugge, ‘An analysis of the perception gap between the EU’s connectivity agenda and the BRI’ (Nov 2017)

Beijing Forum 2017, Beijing, ‘The adaptation of China’s regional policy’, (Nov 2017)

International Studies Association Conference 2017, Hong Kong, paper accepted ‘The Normative Power Approach: implications from the case of China’ (Jun 2017)

European Institute for Asian Studies Briefing Seminar, Brussels, ‘the EU and ASEAN at 40: Towards Normative Convergence?’, invited as panelist (Apr 2017)

European Union Institute for Security Studies, Brussels, ‘Chinese Futures: Horizon 2025 – 3rd Task Force Meeting: China as Global Actor’ invited as panelist (Mar 2017)