Aofei Lv started her Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Amsterdam in May 2015. She works on the ERC funded research project, ‘Authoritarianism in a Global Age’, by focusing on China’s internet and informatization development as well as policies of students studying abroad. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Glasgow. Her PhD research examines how and why health policy changed in China between 2003 and 2009 by focusing on three actors outside the political system, namely, experts, media and international organizations. She also has a BA and Master (both Honour) in Political Science from Nankai University in Tianjin, China.
Adele Del Sordi is a postdoctoral researcher in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, where she contributes to the project Authoritarianism in a Global Age by looking at the impact of globalization on authoritarian sustainability in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Her research interests include: stability of authoritarian regimes, post-Soviet politics and authoritarian learning. Adele Del Sordi has received a PhD in Political Systems and Institutional Change from the Institute of Advanced Studies IMT in Lucca (Italy). A qualitative scholar, she has conducted extensive fieldwork in Kazakhstan between 2011 and 2015.