Agnes Yu

Agnes Yu

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Key Expertise
political behaviour; domestic and international protest; survey methods

About me

My research centres around political psychology and behaviour. I am interested in how individuals conceptualise linkages between international and domestic politics, and how individuals conceptualise the possibilities and limits of their political agency in both spheres. Specifically, I am interested in how acts of protest may shape such conceptualisations and how protest participation becomes amplified or constrained in return. I explore these interests comparatively through the contexts of the US and Poland. In my work, I utilise a variety of research methods, including surveys, interviews, participatory fieldwork, and experimental designs.

Alongside my PhD project, I am also interested in observational and ethical questions surrounding measurement when compiling and utilising large-scale conflict data. I am also interested in how we measure and utilise ‘fear’ in conflict research, and how emotions may act as indicators for ‘hard to observe’ phenomena.

I hold an Honours Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Ethics, Society and Law (ES&L) from the University of Toronto, and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

At LSE, I am supported by the LSE Studentship Funding Scheme, and previously served as Deputy Editor for Vol. 50 of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

Research topic

The International is Actionable: Protest as Agency and Linkage Between Domestic and International Politics   

Teaching experience

IR100 International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates (LSE)

IR490 The Strategy of Conflict in International Relations (LSE)

POL147A Theory and Politics of International Relations (LSE IDEAS) 

Academic supervisor

Milli Lake

Professor Phillip Ayoub (UCL)

Research Cluster affiliation

Security and Statecraft Research Cluster

Theory/Area/History Research Cluster


Expertise Details

Emotions in politics; social movements; social networks; survey experiments; political psychology and behaviour; relations between domestic and international politics; cosmopolitanisms and internationalisms