Ruoxi Wang

PhD Candidate, International Relations

Thesis title: China and human protection in the Xi Jinping era: norm contestation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and UN Peacekeeping Protection of Civilians (POC)


Ruoxi is a PhD candidate in the School of International Relations in the University of St Andrews. Her research assesses how China has contested the extant humanitarian agendas including the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) and UN Peacekeeping Protection of Civilians (POC) through the arena of the UN under the new leadership of Xi Jinping, drawing on theoretical insights from agential/critical constructivism, the English School and also practices theory through an interpretivist process tracing (IPT) approach. Her research is primarily driven by the puzzle of whether China’s increasing material power and representation in the UN can be effectively translated into moral authority in global governance, especially in the field of human protection. Broadly, she is also keen to explore the following fields: a Chinese School of International Relations theory focusing on social ontology, emerging powers’ foreign policy (China and India), and global governance amid power shift. She is currently a Fellow at the Centre for Global Law and Governance.