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Dr Małgorzata (Gosia) Jakimów

Assistant Professor in East Asian Politics

BSc (Hons) (Plymouth), MA, PhD (Manchester)

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Assistant Professor in East Asian Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs109, Elvet Hill House 


Gosia Jakimów is an assistant professor in the East Asian Politics at School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. She joined the SGIA department in 2018 after holding a lecturer post at University of Sheffield. She was awarded her PhD in 2015 from University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the question of citizenship and civil society in China, critical citizenship theory, transnational civil society, political economy of labour in China, and the normative element of EU-China relations, with special interest in the role of Belt and Road Initiative in normative changes in Central-Eastern Europe. Her research in citizenship studies is based on ethnographic fieldwork in China conducted among migrant worker NGOs, international NGOs and international organisations, such as UNDP and EU. In 2014, she received European Union funding to take 1 year-long post as a visiting scholar at the School of Government, Peking University. She is a member of an international network of Chinese and Western scholars focusing on a question of citizenship in China, based at the Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou.

Dr Jakimów invites prospective PhD students to contact her if they wish to conduct research in one or more of the research interests areas listed below.

Research interests

  • Citizenship, civil society and social movements in China
  • Internal migration in China
  • Critical theories of citizenship
  • Labour politics in comparative perspective
  • Transnational civil society
  • Urban exclusion and global cities formation dynamics
  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • EU-China relations
  • Normative Power and Norms-Diffusion in IR
  • BRICS and globalisation


Authored book

  • Jakimów, Małgorzata (2021). China's citizenship challenge: Labour NGOs and the struggle for migrant workers' rights. Manchester University Press.

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