I am an MPhil/PhD candidate with the Department of IR supervised by Professor Chris Alden. I hold an MA (distinction) in Social Anthropology from SOAS, as well as a distinction-grade MSc in IR from LSE.
I am also a conference interpreter working with a range of government actors and IGOs/NGOs as well as EU, North American and East Asian businesses ranging from SMEs to Fortune500s.
Academically, I focus on the mechanisms and tools China uses to ensure security for its assets, citizens and interests in the Sudans. Given the unprecedented scope and depth of China’s involvement particularly in South Sudan, I read China’s activity in the country as a potential blueprint and potential future model.
While my research is ultimately located in the debate on China as a normative power, I am to bridge this at times binary debate to achieve greater insight through a more nuanced approach.
Sima Zhao’s Intentions? Chinese Peacekeeping, Private Security Contractors and Securing Interests, Assets and Citizens in the Sudans
05/2015–date: Senior Teaching Fellow on the MA in Conference Interpreting, University of Heidelberg (Germany)
04/2015-09/2015: Teaching Fellow in Asian and Chinese Studies, University of Bonn (Germany)
Professor Chris Alden