Welcome to my website! I am a PhD researcher at the Reignite Multilateralism via Technology (REMIT) project coordinated by University College Maastricht, Maastricht University in the Netherlands. I am also the Co-Founder of Saint Pierre Center for International Security (SPCIS) where I lead the Critical Security Lab. My research interests include China’s grand strategy & tech policy, computational social sciences, and critical security studies. I am particularly interested in questions related to (1) China’s foreign policy change and its ontological insecurity; (2) rising anxiety in international relations; (3) coalitions in China’s tech policy and foreign policy. I am about to finish my Research Master in International Studies at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals in June 2023.

My (co-)work has been published in several academic journals and medias, including Latin American Research Review, The Diplomat, Panoramas, and Opinion China. Before co-founding SPCIS, my previous working experiences cross academic institutions and think tanks, including Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, Intellisia Institute, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, and Inter-American Dialogue. I also participated in the National-Building Dataset at ETHNICGOODS, an ERC-funded research project focusing on relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provision.

Besides academic work, I enjoy playing badminton, sparing time with cats, and reading Wuxia. Please feel free to reach me at hengyi.yang@maastrichtuniversity.nl for academic discussion or at hengyiyang@spcis.org for business cooperation.