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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Kim Vender

Kim Vender
Kim Vender
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Climate Change Policy, International Responsibility, Chinese Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy Change, Role Change

Preliminary PhD Title

A changing role in a changing climate: China's role in the UN climate regime


Professor Juliet Kaarbo, University of Edinburgh

Dr Kristen Hopewell, University of Edinburgh


M.A. (Hons) Politics of East Asia, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

B.A. Sinology/China Studies, Free University of Berlin, Germany


Brod, Magnus C.M.; Vender, K. (2019) GTI Policy Brief 1: Special Economic Zones in the Greater Tumen Region: how to tap their full potential. Greater Tumen Initiative, Beijing. For access Strg+click here.

Vender, K. (2017) China’s Role Conception and Foreign Policy Role in Economic Integration Processes in the Asia-Pacific. Mapping China Journal. No. 1, 27-51. Access here.

Bergner, M.; Breuer (now Schwerbrock), J. & Vender, K. (2015) A Eurasian Approach to Food Security Governance: The potential role of the New Silk Road Initiative. Project paper presented at the Youth Innovation Competition for Global Governance, 18-20 August 2015, Milan, Italy. Access here.

Relevant Work Experience

09/2018 - 05/2019 Tutor on the courses "International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond" and "Comparative Politics in a Globalised World" at the University of Edinburgh, UK

05/2018 - 07/2018 Research Assistant for Dr Kristen Hopewell, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Edinburgh, UK

03/2017 - 08/2017  Programme Assistant at Deutsche Gesellschaft für     Internationale Zusammen­arbeit (GIZ) with a focus on "Support for Economic Cooperation in Sub-Regional Initiatives in Asia“, Beijing, PR China

05/2015 - 02/2016  Student Research Assistant at the Department for International Political Economy of East Asia, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

08/2014 - 10/2014  Research Assistant at the Centre for China-EU Relations, School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University, Shanghai, PR China 

Particpation in Conferences


BISA Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Conference: Celebrating a Diversified and Pluralistic IR? In Defence of Multiple Narratives of International Relations, 9-10 April 2019, Portsmouth, UK

PSA 69th Annual International Conference: (Un)Sustainable Politics in a changing world, 15-17 April 2019, Nottingham, UK


PhD Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (09/2017-08/2018)

Best M.A. dissertation in the Department of Politics of East Asia, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (2017)

Language Skills

German (native speaker)

English (fluent)

Chinese (intermediate)


In 2018 I conducted a comparative study of urban climate adaptation measures of and knowledge exchange between the cities of Edinburgh and Copenhagen. The report is available at the living lab projects database of Edinburgh University's Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department. 


Political Studies Association (PSA)
British International Studies Association (BISA)