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Internalisation of external interests and the strategic dimensions of statehood: The impact of trade-related technical assistance on the Lao and Vietnamese state

 Internalisation of external interests and the strategic dimensions of statehood: The impact of trade-related technical assistance on the Lao and Vietnamese state

Lan Schippers, PhD Candidate, School of Politics & IR

Primary Supervisor: Dr Lee Jones

email: l.k.schippers@qmul.ac.uk

Starting in September 2013, I am a fully-funded (QMUL Principal's Research Studentship) PhD candidate in the School of Politics and International Relations. Prior to joining QMUL, I studied Political Science at the universities of Nottingham and Vienna, from where I graduated in 2012 (Mag.a phil.). I was born and grew up in Germany, but have spent the past nine years abroad. I have worked for different governmental organisations and state agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations in Austria, Belgium, Laos, and Vietnam.

My research interests lie in the field of critical political economy, state theory, and the politics of development. The regional focus of my current research is on South-East Asia, more precisely on Laos and Vietnam. My PhD project with the title “Internalisation of external interests and the strategic dimensions of statehood: The impact of trade-related technical assistance on the Lao and Vietnamese state” evolves around global trade integration, the trade-development nexus and state transformation processes. Situated in the tradition of critical political economy and state theory, my research project addresses how the interaction of external and internal actors in trade governance reform results in new modes of governance within the Lao and Vietnamese state.

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