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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Kim Vender

Kim Vender
Kim Vender
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Climate Change Policy, International Responsibility, Chinese Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy Roles

Preliminary PhD Title

China's changing role in international climate change negotiations


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. China Studies, Free University of Berlin, Germany


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.

Bergner, M.; Breuer, 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.

Relevant Work Experience

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 


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

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

Language Skills

German (native speaker)

English (fluent, IELTS 8.0, TOEFL 106)

Chinese (intermediate, HSK 4)


I am currently working on a project about knowledge exchange on climate adaptation measures between the cities of Edinburgh and Copenhagen for the UoE Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department.