Professor Astrid Nordin

Professor of World Politics

Research Overview

My research interests fall in the intersection of contemporary Chinese politics and international relations, broadly conceived, and critical theories of global politics. I am particularly interested in the contemporary deployment of concepts drawn from Chinese history, such as harmony (hexie), friendship (youyi), hegemony (baquan), or All-under-heaven (Tianxia). I have written on alternative conceptions of time, space and world order; relational theorising and the 'Chinese school' of IR; Chinese foreign policy; Chinese censorship and resistance throughout history; Chinese discourses of online resistance and wordplay; the policy concepts of 'harmonious world' (hexie shijie) and 'harmonious society' (hexie shehui); soft power; the politics of mega events; and the Belt and Road Initiative.

I am Founding Director of Lancaster University China Centre, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures, and Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

  • Institute for Social Futures Fellow
  • Security Lancaster
  • Security Lancaster (Security Futures)
  • Security Lancaster (Societal Threats)