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Yang Yan, Ph.D.

Yang Yan
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Institut für Chinastudien

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

ERC-Projekt "Digital Governance in China"

Hittorfstraße 18 (Neubau)
Raum 0.25
14195 Berlin

Curriculum Vitae

since November 2023

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin in ERC-funded project "Digital Governance in China"


Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University


Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication, Excellent Doctoral Dissertation


Internship, Legambiente Environmental Group in Padova, Italy


Internship, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), Beijing


Teaching assistant, “Modern Economic Theory”, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing


Internship, The State Post Bureau, Beijing

2015  B.A. in Public Administration, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication
  • Chinese politics
  • Public policy process
  • Digital governance

Former Research Projects

The State Post Bureau Project, “Feasibility Study on the Construction of Postal Industry Technology R&D Center”, 1/2018–12/2018.

National Social Science Foundation Project, “Study on the Logic and Incentive Mechanism of Policy Attention of Chinese Government”, 10/2021–6/2024.

Peer-Reviewed Articles (in English)

Yan, Y., & Yuan, C.* (2020). City Administrative Level and Municipal Party Secretaries’ Promotion: Understanding the Logic of Shaping Political Elites in China. Journal of Contemporary China, 29(122), 266–285. https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2019.1637570

Yan, Y., Yang, Z.*, & Yuan, C. (2022). Political Attention in a Single-Leading-Party State: A Comparative Study of the Policy Agenda in China, 2003–2019. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 24(2), 138–158. https://doi.org/10.1080/13876988.2020.1843020

Yan, Y., Christensen, T., & Yang, Z.* (2024). Personnel Control and Local Officials’ Attention to Economic Development: Evidence from China. Administration & Society. Accepted and forthcoming.

Yang, Z. & Yan, Y.* (2024). Towards “All-round Cadres”: Policy Priorities and Issue Diversity of Local Bureaucrats in China, 2005–2019. China: An International Journal. Accepted and forthcoming.

Working Paper (in English)

Yan, Y., Yang, Z.* & Christensen, T. (2023). Do Policy Agendas Matter? Investigating Issue Competition in Agenda-setting and Its Impact on Policy Outcomes. Working paper.

Peer-Reviewed Articles (in Chinese)

Yuan, C., & Yan, Y. (2020). Central Environmental Inspection: Self-Adaptation of The Pressure Model of Environmental Governance in China. Governance Studies (治理研究), 36(1), 57–68.

Yang, Z., Yan, Y., Zhang, X., & Zhang, J. (2021). Competence-oriented Cadre Selection of the Chinese Communist Party: Evidence from the Members of Standing Committee of Provincial Party Committee, 1983-2012. CASS Journal of Political Science (政治学研究), 3, 26–41.

Yan, Y., & Yang, Z. (2022). The Failure of Agenda-Setting of Local Government in China. Academia Bimestris (学海), 197(05), 128–134.

Yan, Y., Xian, Y., & Yang, Z. (2022). Issue-based Politics in China’s Local Governance: An Analysis from the Perspective of Policy Attention. Humanities & Social Sciences Journal of Hainan University (海南大学学报人文社科版), Online First, doi:10.15886/j.cnki.hnus.202207.0386.

Books (in Chinese)

The Regulation of the Express Delivery Industry (快递市场监管). Co-editor with Chunhui Yuan, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Press, 2019.

Issue-based Politics of National Governance in Contemporary China (当代中国国家治理的议题政治学), Co-author with Zhusong Yang, Guangming Daily Press, 2023.