Zhibo Qiu

Doctoral Candidate


Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Zhibo Qiu started her DPhil in Management Studies in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Eric Thun and Professor Mari Sako.

Her studies are jointly funded by the Saïd Business School Foundation and Green Templeton College, where she is a member.

Prior to starting her doctoral degree, Zhibo obtained an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She received a double bachelor degree in International Politics from Peking University in China and Waseda University in Japan. Before coming to Oxford, Zhibo worked for both the private and public sectors including the British Embassy, consultancy and the United Nations Headquarter in New York.

Zhibo’s research focuses on the interplay of firms and government in China’s advanced manufacturing sectors such as commercial aircraft manufacturing, telecommunication and high-speedy trains, in the era of President Xi Jinping.

Zhibo is a political commentator for Foreign Policy, the Diplomat, China Brief, and Global Times, offering her insights on recent industry and policy trends for both business leaders and policy makers. Her commentaries focus on China’s industrial policy, foreign policy, overseas investment and the US-China relations. In recent years, she developed research interest in political psychology, particularly on leadership and personality analysis.