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Xinchuchu Gao joined the Department of European and International Studies in 2015. Her research primarily focuses on European integration. Chuchu received her Master’s degree in European Studies: Ideas and Identities from the London School of Economics (LSE), and her BA in International Studies with Spanish from the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. She previously worked as a Teaching Fellow at SOAS and a tutor at New College of the Humanities.

Research interests

  • EU foreign policy
  • EU’s policy towards Asia
  • EU-China relationship

Doctoral research

Understanding European integration: Explaining the commission’s growing competence over telecommunication services.


Chen, X. & Gao, X. ‘Connecting Europe and Asia: The Expansion of the EU’s Connectivity Strategy and its Geopolitical & Security Implications on the Asia-Pacific region’, Asia Pacific Journal of EU Studies, Special Issue entitled ‘European Union and Asia-Pacific political dialogue’. (paper accepted & forthcoming).

Chen, X. & Gao, X. (2020) ‘Exploring the dynamic nexus between the EU’s trade and foreign policy towards Asia-Pacific’, in Weiß, W. edited Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy. Special Issue to the European Yearbook of International Economic Law, Springer.

PhD supervisors

Professor Anand Menon (first supervisor)
Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo (second supervisor)