School of Social and Political Science

Ruolan Gan 甘若兰

Job Title

PhD Student

Research interests

Research interests

  • Chinese foreign policy, Chinese media studies
  • Responsibility to Protect (R2P), humanitarian intervention, sanctions, humanitarianism, humanitarian assistance
  • State sovereignty, non-intervention principles
  • Norm theory, norm contestation, norm (re)shaping
  • Textual analysis, particularly critical discourse analysis and frame analysis
  • Translation in International Relations, English-Chinese


PhD project: China's approach to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
This research seeks to illuminate China's norm-shaping process by critically analyzing its voting patterns and language usage related to the norm of R2P. In doing so, the study closely examines Chinese sources and United Nations documents and compares twelve cases.


Dr Kate Wright
Dr Jérôme Doyon

Dr Andrew Neal (Oct 2021 - Jun 2022)
Dr Youngmi Kim (Sep 2020 - Oct 2021)


Master of International Relations
The Australian National University, Canberra ACT, Australia (2017 - 2019) 

Bachelor of Administration, Public Administration (specified in Labour and Social Guarantee)  
Hohai University, Nanjing, China (2013 - 2017)

Research assistantship

Non-violent Repression and the Escalation of Conflicts over Self-Determination (NRECS) (Jun 2022 - Dec 2022)
supervised by Dr Micha Germann, University of Bath
funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Guest lecturing

Topic: The role of interpretative frame in norm contestation and norm implementation (Apr 2023)
Course: Contemporary Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, convened by Dr Myunghee Lee, University of Copenhagen

Conference presentations
Mar 2023 International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Montréal, Canada
Nov 2022 BISA Working Group on Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect Annual Conference 2022, The European Center for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Leeds
Sept 2022 The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Annual Conference 2022, University of Oxford
Aug 2022 The 24th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS), Palacký University Olomouc
Aug 2022 Generation Asia 2022 the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) Council Conference, University of Iceland
Jun 2022 Foreign Policy Analysis Conference 2022, University of Edinburgh
Jun 2022 The British International Studies Association (BISA) Conference 2022, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Sept 2021 Early Career Researchers and Graduate Students Conference on East Asia 2021, The Scottish Centre for Korean Studies, University of Edinburgh (co-organizer, co-host, presenter)