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About Dr Xuechen Chen

Xuechen is an Assistant Professor in Politics & International Relations at Northeastern University London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science, King’s College London. She received her PhD in European and International Studies at King’s College London and her MSc in European Studies at London School of Economics. Before joining Northeastern University London, she held teaching positions and visiting research fellowships at SOAS, University of London (2017-2019), the European Institute for Asian Studies (2017-2020) and the EU Centre in Singapore (2017). Her research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Area Studies. Her current research interests include EU external relations with the Asia-Pacific region, China’s foreign policy, regional integration in East Asia, and norm diffusion in international politics (with a particular focus on global cyberspace governance and non-traditional security issues). Xuechen recently became a member of NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks which is Northeastern University’s center for digital humanities and computational social science.



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

MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities, London School of Economics (2014)

PhD in European Studies, King’s College London (2020)


Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2020)

Member, China in Europe Research Network (CHERN)

Member, Chatham House

Member, LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Researcher Network



Dr Xuechen Chen's Research

Xuechen’s research interests include EU foreign policy, EU external relations with the Asia-Pacific region, China’s foreign policy, regional integration in East Asia, comparative regionalism, and norm diffusion in international politics. In 2022, Xuechen was awarded a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant with working title: Understanding China’s role as a norm-shaper in cyberspace governance.


Selected Publications

Book Project/Edited Special Issue

Understanding the EU’s Norm and Policy Diffusion in ASEAN: Normative or Normal Power Europe? (Under contract, Routledge Book Series “Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism”

Contesting Western and non-Western approaches to global cyber governance beyond Westlessness, the International Spectator (2022) co-edited with Dr Yifan Yang

Peer-reviewed Research Articles

Pennisi di Floristella, A., Chen, X. (2022) Building resilient supply chains in uncertain times: a comparative study of EU and ASEAN approaches to supply chain resilience. Asia Europe Journal.

Gao, X. & Chen, X. (2022). “Role enactment and the contestation of global cybersecurity governance”. Defence Studies, 22 (4): 689–708

Chen, X. (2022). “Bridging Normative and Market Power Europe: the EU’s diffusion of market-related norms and policies in ASEAN” Journal of European Integration. Online first.

Chen, X., & Yang, Y. (2022). “Different Shades of Norms: Comparing the Approaches of the EU and ASEAN to Cyber Governance”. The International Spectator, 57: (3), 48-65

Chen, X. (2021). “Unpacking Normative Power Europe: EU Promotion of Security Norm Cluster in ASEAN”. European Security. 31 (2), 262-288

Chen, X., & Gao, X. (2021). “ Analysing the EU’s collective securitisation moves towards China ”. Asia Europe Journal. Online first.

Chen, X., & Gao, X. (2021). “An Analysis of the Perception Gap between the EU’s Connectivity Strategy and China’s Belt and Road Initiative”. L’Europe en Formation, (2), 78-93.

Gao, X & Chen, X. (2021) “Understanding the EU’s changing trade policy strategy towards Asia-Pacific from a role-theory perspective”, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies.

Yang, Y. & Chen, X. (2020) “Globalism or nationalism? The paradox of Chinese official discourse in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak”, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Vol 26, 89-113.

Chen, X. & Gao, X. (2020) “Exploring the dynamic nexus between the EU’s trade and foreign policy towards Asia-Pacific”, in Weiß, W. edited Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy. Special Issue to the European Yearbook of International Economic Law, Springer.

Chen, X. & Gao, X. (2020) “Bridging the Capability-Expectations Gap? An Analysis of the New Dynamics in the EU’s Security Strategy towards Asia”, Asia Pacific Journal of EU Studies, Special Issue entitled “European Union and Asia-Pacific political dialogue”

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

Dr Xuechen Chen's Teaching

At Northeastern University London, Xuechen has taught the following courses:

Comparative Politics

International Relations: Theory and Practice

The European Union in the World

International Organisations: Global and Local

Research Methods