Jael TAN

PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
Spoken languages
English, Mandarin, German
Areas of expertise
  • Global governance
  • International order
  • Autocratic states
  • International regime complexity
  • Regionalism
  • Small and less powerful states
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • East Asia

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor: James Hollway

Expected completion date: 2025




Jael is a PhD student at the International Relations and Political Science Department. Her research focuses on the role of non-democracies in creating international organisations and their impact on the international order. She is also a Research Assistant for Professor James Hollway’s project “PANARCHIC: Power and Network and the Rate of Change in Institutional Complexes". Before moving to Geneva, Jael obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Oxford.


Academic Work experience


Research Experience

Research assistant for the SNSF-funded project 'PANARCHIC: Power and Network and the Rate of Change in Institutional Complexes' led by Associate Professor James Hollway


Research Interests


  • International regime complexes
  • Institutional design and international organisations
  • Autocratic states
  • International regime complexes
  • Regional organisations and regional cooperation
  • The role of small and less powerful states in international cooperation
  • Social networks analysis


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