Dr Chi Zhang
Chi Zhang is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Her areas of research interest fall broadly within security studies, constructivism and Chinese political philosophy. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds, and a Master’s degree in South Asian Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She published extensively in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Politics and Religion and Asian Security. She taught at the University of Leeds, Royal Holloway University of London and University of Liverpool.
Her postdoctoral project examines challenges and conditions for counter-terrorism cooperation with China. Beyond the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, international counter-terrorism cooperation with China has been ad-hoc and superficial. Recent developments demonstrate a trend whereby China’s efforts in defending its counter-terrorism policy became increasingly important in shaping the evolving discourse relating to counter-terrorism, as China hones its skills in military operations other than war through peacekeeping operations. This project seeks to explore China’s counter-terrorism strategies, including the Mass Line ethos, community engagement, and counter-narratives for potential areas of cooperation.