Associate Members

This page details the staff at external institutions who have been invited to become Associate Members of the Research Alliance. Clicking on an associate member's name takes you to their institutional web page or contact details.
Name and institutionBiography
Phil Entwistle
University of Oxford
Phil Entwistle has recently completed his DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford.  His current research focusses on how China's Protestant Christians engage with politics and nationalism.
Kristie Thomas
University of Nottingham
Kristie Thomas is currently Lecturer in Business Law at Nottingham University Business School (NUBS). She also gained her PhD from NUBS in 2008; her doctoral research concerned the intellectual property system in China following WTO accession in 2001, which incorporated surveys and interviews with a variety of respondents, including business and legal professionals in China.
Her current research interests combine elements of law and business, reflecting her research interests in international trade and comparative law and business practice more generally. She has a particular interest in Asia, having spent two years based at the University’s China campus from 2004-2006 and having previously also lived in Taiwan for two years.

Evelyna Vatova
Independent Researcher

Evelyna Vatova is a professional media practitioner with around 25 years of on-air experience (predominantly radio – news and current affairs, international broadcasts, but also TV – mainly documentaries). For the last 20 years she has also  been doing sociological research into the fields of media and communication, primarily content analyses of so-called secondary information resources. Last but not least she is a university lecturer in international media; public diplomacy, public opinion and civil society; media and the state.

Her interests are social stratification and youth (sub) cultures; nationalism, ethnicity and multiculturalism and communication; the role of the media in public diplomacy and public opinion; comparative studies and team working. She has worked on China since 2008, first as a journalist, first, and then as researcher. She has recently finished a study on political communication in China, which was published in October 2014 issue of  Novo Vreme Review (The New Times Review), in Bulgarian. She is currently working on an analysis of the change in PRC-USA communication paradigms after the 2014 APEC Summit and the Beijing Xi-Obama talks. Her following research will look at the China Dream and the Networking Society (also for Novo Vreme Review).

She is starting a longitudinal study on the Bulgarian print media coverage of New China development (1949-2014): myths and demons.  The idea was born at the 2014 ChiSRA Inaugural Conference in Leicester.

Jinghan Zeng
De Montfort University
Jinghan Zeng is Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Lecturer in Chinese politics in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University and an Associate Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick. His research and teaching interests lie in the field of Chinese politics, with more specific interests in the study of China's authoritarian system, elite politics of contemporary China, and Chinese foreign policy. His academic papers have appeared in International Affairs, Contemporary Politics, Journal of Contemporary China, and Journal of Chinese Political Science. Before his academic career, he worked for the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York City.

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