Wanjing (Kelly)

PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020
Research Assistant Professor
Junior Fellow, HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study

Wanjing (Kelly) Chen is a research assistant professor in the Division of Social Science and a Junior Fellow of the HKUST Jocky Club Institute for Advanced Study. She received her PhD in geography from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. Her research focuses on the relation between state and capital in the ongoing globalization of Chinese political economy. Dr. Chen’s current project examines how the Chinese government mobilizes the offshoring of capital from afar by invoking the imaginative geography of ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR). Following the footprint of Chinese investors who are lured by the vision into Laos, she demonstrates how their discrete and improvisational practices of investment making collectively work to bring OBOR into reality. 


Research Interests
• Global China
• Southeast Asia
• Infrastructure Finance
• Migration and Diaspora Politics
• Gender and Intimate Economies
• Feminist Methodologies