Hello, I am Dylan Loh
PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge

I am a PhD candidate at the Politics and International Studies Department, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr Ayse Zarakol, with Dr KC Lin as my second supervisor. My PhD thesis investigates Chinese diplomatic practices from 2008-2018.

I am also a member of the Public Policy and Global Affairs Division at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. My broad research interests include practice theory, diplomacy, ASEAN and China's foreign policy. My peer-reviewed articles have been published in the Pacific Review, Journal of Chinese Political Science and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. I have also peer reviewed for Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Pacific Affairs and Journal of Global Security Studies.

At the moment, I am visiting Pre-Doctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen from September 2018 - February 2019 at the Department of Political Science, working with Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen.

Personal Info

  • NameDylan MH Loh
  • Place of BirthSingapore
  • Twitter@dylanloh
  • Emailmhl40@cam.ac.uk
  • Linkedin Profilelinkedin.com/in/dylanloh


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Dylan MH Loh (2018) The Disturbance and Endurance of Norms in ASEAN: Peaceful but Stressful, Australian Journal of International Relations.

Dylan MH Loh (2016)  Defending China’s National Image and ‘Defensive Soft Power’: the Case of Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ Journal of Chinese Political Science, 22:117–134.

Dylan MH Loh (2015) ASEAN’s norm adherence and its unintended consequences in HADR and SAR operations , The Pacific Review, 29:4, 549-572.

Dylan MH Loh (2015) China and the South China Sea in Security and Conflict in East Asia: Preventing Global War? (Ed. Andrew T H Tan), Routledge. (with Li Ming Jiang).


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  • Cambridge University

    I commenced doctoral studies at the department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge in 2015 under the supervision of Dr Ayse Zarakol; with Dr KC Lin as my second supervisor. I received funding for my PhD through the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences International PhD Scholarship from Nanyang Technological University under the Ministry of Education's 'Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent Scheme'​. My PhD thesis (tentatively entitled 'Diplomats of China, Unite!') draws on international practice theory and the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu to investigate Chinese diplomatic practices from 2008-2018 . During my time here, I was also Graduate Research Fellow at the Centre for Rising Powers from 2016 - 2018 and was supervisor for the final year undergraduate course - 'China in the International Order'. 

    Conferences with paper presentations include: European Consortium for Political Research (Tartu, 2016), Exploring the China Dream (Stockholm, 2016), British International Studies Association (Brighton, 2017), European International Studies Association (Barcelona, 2018), East Asia Symposium (Beijing, 2016), State and Society Under Xi Jinping (London, 2018) and International Studies Association (San Francisco, 2018)

  • Nanyang Technological University

    I completed my Bachelor's in sociology at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a second class honors and a GPA of 4.49/5. I was placed on the Dean's list in 2007/2008 and was awarded the Kwok Chin Yan book prize, given to top students in the freshman year. I was also conferred the 'NTU President Research Scholar' title in 2008 for the research paper 'The Construction of Singapore’s National ‘Identity' written during a 1 year research course. 

  • S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

    I got my Master's in International Relations at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University with a GPA score of 4.71/5. I was selected for the George Washington University – Elliot School of International Affairs summer program - “US Foreign Policy In a Global Era: Washington, DC and the World” where I spent a summer in 2013.

  • Singapore Polytechnic

    I graduated with a diploma in business information technology from Singapore Polytechnic and was selected as the valedictorian in my graduating year.

Work Experience

  • S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
    2013 - 2015

    I was research analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies working for then-Dean, Ambassador Barry Desker. Concurrently, I was the country facilitator for the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) for Singapore, a regional track 2 institution promoting dialogue on security issues in the Asia Pacific.

  • Sociology Tutor, Nanyang Technological University

    I was tutor for the sociology undergraduate courses - ‘Social Problems in a Global Context’ and 'Education and Society' at Nanyang Technological University while I was research analyst at RSIS. Achieved the student feedback score of 90.18, beating the school’s average for the past 4 years.


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Welcome to my blog. I am a PhD candidate in International Relations who is particularly interested in international political sociology. I fan of graphic novels and a supporter of Liverpool FC. In my spare time, I read mystery novels and graphic novels. Agatha Christie is one of my favourite writers. Google


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