Dr. Yifei Yan joined the Department of Social Policy as a LSE Fellow in September 2019. Her main research areas include public administration, public management, education policy and governance, with a comparative focus on China and India.
Combining all these research interests together, her doctoral dissertation examined the governance of government middle schools in Beijing and Delhi, especially how teacher training and career advancement as supportive measures are practiced and perceived on the ground. The dissertation is recipient of the 2019 Best PhD Dissertation Award from Indian Public Policy Network (IPPN) and shortlisted for the 2019 Wang Gungwu Medal and Prize for Best PhD Thesis in the Social Sciences/ Humanities. Her research works are published in journals such as the International Review of Administrative Sciences, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Natural Resources Forum, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Policy Design and Practice, and Asian Education Review. She is also a contributor to platforms such as the World Economic Forum and The Diplomat, among others. In 2020, she is selected as one of the Founders' Fellows by the American Society for Public Administration.
She is currently working on publishing her doctoral dissertation under the series Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education. Her other ongoing research projects continue to explore how education governance can be improved in both theory and practice through the analytical lens of policy design, policy instrument and capacity. In addition to understanding the policy challenges in India and China as two of the world’s largest developing countries, as well as the potential solutions, she is also ready to explore other emerging-economy contexts. The starting point of this is a recent foundation-funded research project at LSE that studies the replication of a multi-stakeholder and multi-level innovative program in Brazil’s education sector, in collaboration with Brazil’s National School of Public Administration.
Originally from Shanghai, China, she received her PhD in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and holds B.Econ and LL.B degrees from Fudan University and master degrees (with distinction) from the European Master in Law and Economics program respectively. At the Department, Yifei teaches courses on research methods, health policy, social policy and development, and international social and public policy at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has also lectured and led seminars on education policy, policy analysis and public management prior to joining the Department. Beyond teaching and research, she has consulted for the World Benchmarking Alliance (the Netherlands) and Public Policy and Management Institute (Lithuania).