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Dr. Yichen Zhong, Key Management, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at Aston University, United Kingdom

Dr. Yichen Zhong is a dedicated early career researcher in Politics and International Relations, with extensive training, research, and teaching experience in political theory, EU politics, EU-China relations, public bureaucracy, and migration and border policies. He excels in facilitating dynamic dialogue between academia and practitioners and is actively engaged in public outreach. His analytical, communication, and teaching skills are exceptional, and he thrives in structured working environments.



  • PhD in Politics and International Relations.
  • Second Level Master in Public Policy and Social Change.
  • MA in International Relations and European Politics.
  • Bachelor of Laws (International Politics).

Professional Experience:

Dr. Yichen Zhong is an accomplished early career researcher in Politics and International Relations, with extensive experience in research, teaching, and public engagement. He currently serves as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aston University, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In this role, Dr. Zhong disseminates his research findings through publications and conference presentations, conducts elite interviews, and builds relationships with policymakers, practitioners, and academics. Prior to his current position, Dr. Zhong was a Lecturer in International Relations at Northumbria University, where he designed, taught, and graded modules on international relations, conflict, and security at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also co-founded the Critical Security & Foreign Policy Research Cluster. Dr. Zhong’s academic career began at Aston University, where he worked as a Tutor and Teaching Assistant, leading seminars and guest lecturing on various modules. He also coordinated the Aston International Summer School for international undergraduate students. In addition to his academic roles, Dr. Zhong has practical experience in social media and event coordination, having worked as a Social Media Intern at Aston University and an Office Assistant Intern at the Charhar Institute. His diverse experience highlights his exceptional analytical, communication, and teaching skills, making him a valuable contributor to the field of Politics and International Relations.

Research Interest:

Dr. Yichen Zhong’s research interests lie at the intersection of political theory, EU politics, EU-China relations, public bureaucracy, and migration and border policies. He is particularly focused on exploring the dynamics of EU agencies in border management, utilizing an interdisciplinary approach and innovative theoretical frameworks. His work involves qualitative analysis and case studies, highlighting the roles of policy legacies, agency autonomy, and goal conflict in institutional change. Dr. Zhong is committed to fostering dialogue between academia and practitioners and actively engages with the public to enhance the impact of his research. His dedication to understanding and addressing complex political issues is evident in his comprehensive and insightful studies.

Publication Top Noted:

A Principal-Agent Analysis of Inter-Agency Cooperation in EU Border Management

Frontex Goes Global: A Two-Level Experimentalist Governance Analysis of Frontex’s International Action and Its Role within the Externalisation of EU Borders

  • Journal: Contemporary European Politics
  • Publication Date: 2024-03
  • DOI: 10.1002/cep4.7
  • Contributors: Yichen Zhong, Helena Carrapico

The Development of Frontex: Integration through Supranationalism

  • Journal: European Politics and Society
  • Publication Date: 2024-03-14
  • DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2023.2244384
  • ISSN: 2374-5118, 2374-5126
  • Contributors: Yichen Zhong, Helena Carrapico
Yichen Zhong | Key Management | Best Researcher Award

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