Xinyu YUAN

Postdoctoral Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
Spoken languages
English, Chinese
Areas of expertise
  • International organisations, UN
  • Global order, norm contestation
  • Civil society, social movements and NGOs
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • East Asia
  • Eastern Europe and Russia

PhD Thesis


Title: Civil Society Assistance in Restrictive Environments: How International Donors Adopt New Modes of Assistance

PhD Supervisor: Annabelle Littoz-Monnet




Xinyu is a postdoctoral researcher who was on the project “Coherence or Contestation: Chinese, Japanese and Russian Approaches to the Transformation of Peacebuilding Practices” at CCDP since October 2018, where she conducted extensive research on Chinese engagement in post-conflict and fragile contexts and interviewed more than 20 scholars and practitioners on the topic in Beijing, Shanghai and Geneva. She was invited to present at the 2019 International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) of OECD and the 2020 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. Prior to CCDP, she worked at the Global Governance Center of the Graduate Institute (2017-2018), a policy research team for the Bureau of Civil Affairs of Zhejiang province (2016-2017), a research center on Chinese charitable trust (July-September 2014) and an environment NGO in Hangzhou, China (July-August 2012).