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Areas of Expertise

Norm diffusionPolicy transferInternational organisationsUse of forceNon-traditional security issues |China studiesSoutheast Asia studies


Dr Guangyu (Karin) Qiao-Franco is Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Southern Denmark. Previously, she was head tutor of political science and an early career researcher at the University of Melbourne (2019-2021). She holds a PhD degree in international relations from the University of Melbourne.

Guangyu has teaching experience through tutoring, leading seminars and lecturing at the University of Melbourne and Fudan University. She has taught various subjects, mainly in the areas of international relations, transnational crimes, Asian studies, and research methodologies. She has also solo-supervised a Masters student thesis on anti-corruption reforms in Indonesia at the University of Melbourne (2019-2020).

Her research interests include policy transfer, norm diffusion, international organisationsChina studies, ASEAN regional governance, use of force (especially surrounding the development of autonomous weapons systems),and non-traditional security issues (such as climate change and human trafficking). Her recent work appears in International AffairsThe Pacific Review, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific and Policy StudiesShe is the author of the book UN-ASEAN Coordination: Policy Transfer and Regional Cooperation Against Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia (Edward Elgar, in press).  

AutoNorms research focus

Within the AutoNorms project, Guangyu (Karin) Qiao-Franco focuses on the case of China. She is exploring new theoretical approaches such as synthesising practice theories, constructivist international relations theories, and assemblage thinking to understand how norms on AWS manifest and transform across four domains of practices (i.e. military, transnational political, dual-use and popular imagination) in China. She will also assess the impact of China’s AWS positions on international policy development in this context.

Education/Academic qualification

International Relations, PhD, University of Melbourne


Award Date: 27. Jul 2019

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Certificate, The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 9. Feb 2015

International Politics, MA, Fudan University

Award Date: 24. Jun 2014

International Politics, BA, Fudan University

Award Date: 22. Jun 2012

German, Minor, Shanghai International Studies University

Award Date: 12. Jul 2011

External positions

Head Tutor in International Politics, University of Melbourne

Oct 2020Jun 2021

Early Career Researcher, University of Melbourne

Jul 2019Oct 2020

Research areas

  • International Organizations
  • United Nations
  • Security and Conflict
  • arms control
  • use of force
  • weaponised AI
  • China


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