Yuan He

Yuan He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence at NYU Shanghai. She is now Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at NYU Shanghai. She holds a PhD and an MPhil degree from the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, funded by the Cambridge China Development Trust and the Malaysian Commonwealth Trust.

Yuan’s research interests lie in China and India’s development models, human development, governance, and meritocracy. Specifically, she works to move the political economic comparison of China and India beyond the “democracy and development” trajectory by emphasizing governance structure and capacity, and to broaden academic understanding of development by re-examining the economic philosophy of human development.

She has published in top international and Chinese journals, including the Journal of Contemporary China and Technology Economics (Jishu Jingji 技术经济). Her PhD thesis on “Food and Shelter: Village Lives in India and China,” based on two years of fieldwork in both countries, will be published as a book.

Research Interests

  • Development Theories
  • Economic Philosophy
  • Meritocracy
  • China and India Comparative Studies
  • Human Development


  • PhD, Development Studies, University of Cambridge, 2018
  • MPhil, Development studies, University of Cambridge, 2011
  • MA, Industrial Economics, Nanjing University, 2011
  • Graduate Certificate, Hopkins Nanjing Centre, 2010
  • BA, International Applied Social Sciences, Nanjing University, 2008

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