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Description of research and teaching

Julie Yu-Wen Chen's research and teaching are multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Even she is based at Department of Cultures at the Faculty of Arts, she does research and teaches across the realm of humanities and social sciences. Her research interests are:

  • China’s soft power
  • Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI)
  • China's influences in Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, & Nordic countries
  • Ethnic conflict in Xinjiang and its international implications
  • Theories of collective actions, interest groups, social networks & transnational advocacy networks
  • Globalization and glocalization

Among her courses are "Governance in China", "China's International Relations and Diplomacy", "Consumption of East Asian Economies" and others. 

Some of Julie Yu-Wen Chen’s papers can be freely downloaded below.

Chen, Julie Yu-Wen (2022) Reconciling Different Approaches to Conceptualizing the Glocalization of the Belt and Road Initiative Projects. Globalizations

Chen, Julie Yu-Wen (2022) Implementation of the HSK and Its Home Edition during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Survey of European Test CentresInternational Journal of Chinese Education.

Chen, Yu-Wen; Günther, Olaf (2020) Back to Normalization or Conflict with China in Greater Central Asia? Evidence from Local Students’ Perceptions. Special issue “Encounters after the Soviet Collapse: Chinese Presence in the Former Soviet Union Border Zone”. Problems of Post-Communism 67(3): 228-240.

Chen, Yu-Wen; Hao, Yu-Fan (2020) Czech Perception of the Rise of China: A Survey among University StudentsAsia Europe Journal 18(1): 157-175.

Chen, Yu-Wen; Jiménez-Tovar, Soledad (2017) China in Central Asia: Local Perceptions from Future ElitesChina Quarterly of International Strategic Studies 3(3): 429-455.

Chen, Yu-Wen; Yap, Ko-Hua, Lee, Joey Ying (2013) Tianditu: China’s First Official Online Mapping ServiceMedia, Culture & Society 35(2): 234-249.

Chen, Yu-Wen (2013) Bringing a Network Perspective to Chinese Internet Studies: An Exploratory Analysis, Journal of Chinese Political Science 18(4): 355-374.

Chen, Yu-Wen (2012) A Network Approach to the Study of the World Uyghur Congress’ Global Outreach: A Methodological Note, Journal of Chinese Political Science 17(1): 77-88.

Chen, Yu-Wen (2011) Quantitative Content Analysis of Chinese Texts?: A Methodological NoteJournal of Chinese Political Science  16(4): 431-443.

Lay, Jinn-Guey; Yap, Ko-Hua; Chen, Yu-Wen (2008) The Transition of Taiwan’s Political Geography, Asian Survey 48 (5): 773-793. 

Curriculum vitae

Julie Yu-Wen Chen is Professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of Cultures at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Dr. Chen serves as one of the Editors of the Journal of Chinese Political Science (Springer, SSCI). She is current Chair of the 25-member Nordic NIAS Council and Representative for Finland in this council. She is also the academic liaison for the University of Helsinki in the Nordic Center in Fudan University, China. She is currently representing Finland in COST ACTION: China in Europe Research Network (European Cooperation in Science & Technology funded by EU Horizon 2020). She is board member of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS). In addition, she is in the EU twinning project The EU in the Volatile Indo-Pacific Region (EUVIP)

In 2018, she helped bring in the 6.8 million Euro project Sinophone Borderlands: Interactions at the Edges to Palacky University, Czech Republic which she now serves as a member in the Advisory Scientific Board. The project is sponsored by European Regional Development Fund & Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (175 million CZK, around 6,8 million EURO).

Formerly, Chen was chair of Nordic Association of China Studies (NACS) and Editor-in-Chief of Asian Ethnicity (Taylor & Francis).

For more info, please visit University of Helsinki Chinese Studies website, Youtube and Facebook

Helsinki China Podcast


Education/Academic qualification

Political Sciences, PhD in Social Sciences (Doktor der Sozialwissenschaften), University of Konstanz


Award Date: 28 May 2009

International Relations and Diplomacy, MA, Leiden University


Award Date: 17 May 2006

External positions

Hosting Professor, Palacky University

26 Jun 201530 Nov 2021

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Chinese Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Societies and Cultures
  • 5171 Political Science
  • Comparative politics
  • Public policy
  • 5172 Global Politics
  • China's International Relations

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.