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Research Assistant

Kan Li

Discipline: International Relations
University of Oxford

Kan is a final-year PhD and researcher at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are in international institution, conflict and cooperation, particularly in the role of asymmetric challengers in altering international status quo.

Kan was born and raised in mainland China, to parents who have drastically different political views. After living the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, her mother joined the Democratic Progressive Party based in Taiwan, and her father became a member of the Chinese Communist Party. Before moving to the UK, she received her Master’s degree in political science and international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Hong Kong.

Prior to academia, Kan worked in both private and public sectors. Started off as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, she then moved to work at the United Nations in Geneva, and finally decided to join BCG in their London office next year. She also has experience with NGOs and thinktanks across Europe and Asia.