Yifei is a LSE Fellow in Social Policy since September 2019. She completed her PhD in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She teaches courses on research methods, health policy, comparative and international social policy at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has also lectured and led seminars on education policy, policy analysis and pubic management prior to joining the Department.
Specializing in comparative public policy and administration, Yifei’s research interests are at the intersection of policy and governance, education and development, and China and India. These three themes are woven together in her doctoral dissertation that surveys teachers about the governance of government middle schools in Beijing and Delhi, which is the 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 Chinese Journal of International Politics, Policy Design and Practice, and Asian Education Review, while she is also a contributor to platforms such as World Economic Forum and The Diplomat. She is also selected as one of the Founders' Fellows (class of 2020) by the American Society for Public Administration.
Her current 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. Her other ongoing work examines corruption as a governance challenge, as well as how transparency and technology can help mitigate it. In addition to continuing the decade(s)-long focus of India and China as two largest developing countries facing similar governance challenges, she is also interested in examining other contexts so as to facilitate better understanding and comparison.
Originally from Shanghai, China, she received B.Econ and LL.B degrees from Fudan University and holds master degrees (with distinction) from the European Master in Law and Economics program.