Yifei Zhu is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy’s Stockholm China Center and an affiliated researcher at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) at the Universität Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation on the political economy of the cross-Taiwan Strait relations, for which he conducted a year of fieldwork in Taiwan. Additionally, he holds an M.A. in International Politics and American Studies from the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.

His research interests encompass economic-security dynamics in international relations, state-business relations in economic governance, technology and industrial policy, regionalism, and institutional analysis. His research focuses on China and East Asia and their political-economic relations with the EU and the U.S.