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Professor Astrid Nordin

Professor Astrid Nordin

Lau Chair of Chinese International Relations

Research interests

  • International relations
  • Sociology

Biography

Professor Astrid Nordin holds the Lau Chair of Chinese International Relations in the Lau China Institute. She is also Senior Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures, and Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Astrid’s research develops critical conceptual tools that draw on Chinese and other global traditions of thought, and uses these to understand global challenges as they relate to China’s growing global role - from the Belt and Road Initiative, through sustainable cities, to practices of censorship and resistance. Her favourite thing about her job is learning new things from exciting people, and she welcomes suggestions for collaboration relating to her expertise.

Before joining King’s in 2021, Astrid was Professor of World Politics and Founding Director of Lancaster University China Centre. She has significant experience developing institutional partnerships with Chinese institutions, setting up and leading academic organisations, and collaborating on interdisciplinary projects across humanities and the social and natural sciences. She also has a background in journalism, and great enthusiasm for working with non-academic stakeholders in the arts, policy, and media. She has studied at Peking University, Jilin University, City University Hong Kong, the University of Warwick, and the University of Manchester.

Research

  • Chinese ideas of world order
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Chinese sustainability governance
  • Chinese technologies of surveillance
  • Critical social theory
  • Ancient thought in current use
  • Ontologies of war and security
  • Relational approaches to research
  • Political Thought

Astrid’s research sits in the intersection of Chinese studies and critical international relations, and contributes to wider debates beyond these disciplines and the academe. It draws on Chinese sources, traditions, and cultural phenomena, to address broader questions about future world relations.

Her current work seeks to advance a relational approach inspired by Chinese and continental philosophies. This approach takes relations as the starting point for analysis, and understands states, identities, or firms as effects of relations, rather than as independent ‘things’ or essences.

Together with practitioners and scholars from a range of disciplines, countries, and societal sectors, Astrid uses this relational approach to address a set of key global challenges with China at their core.

Teaching

7YYC0009 China's International Relations (1949-present)

PhD Supervision

Astrid is especially happy to consider supervision of projects in the following areas:

  • Chinese international relations and cultural governance
  • Theories of politics and international relations, especially drawing on, developing, or critiquing Chinese theorisations
  • Relational theories of global politics
  • Decolonial and Global international relations
  • Critical approaches to war and security, especially relating to China
  • Sustainability governance, especially as it relates to the above theoretical concerns
  • Political concepts of harmony, friendship, love, family, community.

Further details

See Astrid's research profile

    Research

    Indo-pacific reefs
    Indo-Pacific research group

    Examining the geo-political strategy of the Indo-Pacific and its relationship with other states.

    News

    Lau China Institute & Young China Watchers 2021 Essay Competition Open

    The Lau China Institute in partnership with Young China Watchers is delighted to announce our 2021 essay competition

    biodiversitychinasml

    Events

    20OctWhat are the implications of China's rise as an _information superpower_

    Panel discussion - What are the implications of China's rise as an "information superpower" for conducting critical research on Chinese politics and society?

    Join us for a roundtable discussion on what it means to conduct ‘critical’ research on Chinese politics and society today.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    20OctChina Week 2021 promo

    Closing reception - On the Confucian communist comeback in contemporary China

    What explains the return of Confucianism and communism in China? And what are the implications for Chinese academia and the political system? Join us for our...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    17Novartdiplomacypic

    China & the West - Art, Diplomacy & Cooperation on Climate Change

    A digital art presentation & panel discussion on how art and diplomacy can drive cooperation between China and the West on climate

    Please note: this event has passed.

    09Novchina flag

    'China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy' book discussion

    The untold story of China's rise as a global superpower, chronicled through the diplomatic shock troops that connect Beijing to the world.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    30JunCOP26 Flag

    What responsibility do China, the EU, UK and US have for success at COP26?

    Joint event with Chatham House for London Climate Action Week

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    China and the west: competing traditions make true friendship highly unlikely – here's why

    Professor Astrid Nordin and Graham Smith examine the cultural and structural differences that could hinder a friendship between between China and the West.

    Hands UK-China Resized

      Research

      Indo-pacific reefs
      Indo-Pacific research group

      Examining the geo-political strategy of the Indo-Pacific and its relationship with other states.

      News

      Lau China Institute & Young China Watchers 2021 Essay Competition Open

      The Lau China Institute in partnership with Young China Watchers is delighted to announce our 2021 essay competition

      biodiversitychinasml

      Events

      20OctWhat are the implications of China's rise as an _information superpower_

      Panel discussion - What are the implications of China's rise as an "information superpower" for conducting critical research on Chinese politics and society?

      Join us for a roundtable discussion on what it means to conduct ‘critical’ research on Chinese politics and society today.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      20OctChina Week 2021 promo

      Closing reception - On the Confucian communist comeback in contemporary China

      What explains the return of Confucianism and communism in China? And what are the implications for Chinese academia and the political system? Join us for our...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      17Novartdiplomacypic

      China & the West - Art, Diplomacy & Cooperation on Climate Change

      A digital art presentation & panel discussion on how art and diplomacy can drive cooperation between China and the West on climate

      Please note: this event has passed.

      09Novchina flag

      'China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy' book discussion

      The untold story of China's rise as a global superpower, chronicled through the diplomatic shock troops that connect Beijing to the world.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      30JunCOP26 Flag

      What responsibility do China, the EU, UK and US have for success at COP26?

      Joint event with Chatham House for London Climate Action Week

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      China and the west: competing traditions make true friendship highly unlikely – here's why

      Professor Astrid Nordin and Graham Smith examine the cultural and structural differences that could hinder a friendship between between China and the West.

      Hands UK-China Resized