Her research concerns political leadership, state capacity, and China-Africa infrastructure cooperation. Her thesis investigates why Chinese-financed and -constructed develop into starkly different trajectories in different African countries.

She holds a DPhil in Politics at Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Oxford. A Master of Science (MSc) in Politics Research from Oxford, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Law in international relations from Shanghai International Studies University. Before Oxford, She served in the China office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and at the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence Foundation’s (SACE Foundation) Nairobi office for a total of three years. 



Wang, Y. and Y., Luo, (2015). China Business Perception Index: Survey on Chinese Companies' Perception of Doing Business in Kenya.Geneva: Globethics.net.

Peer-reviewed Articles 

Wang, Y. ‘Executive Agency and State Capacity in Development: Comparing Sino-African Railways in Kenya and Ethiopia.’ (Accepted, Journal of Comparative Politics)

Wang, Y. and U. Wissenbach, 2019. ‘Clientelism at work? A case study of Kenyan Standard Gauge Railway project.’ Economic History of Developing Regions. Special issue on Africa and China: Emerging Patterns of Engagement.


Sun, Y. and Y. Wang, (2015)‘Learning to Collaborate: The Case Study of a Chinese-Kenyan CSR Effort.’ In Young-Chan Kim (eds). China and Africa: A New Paradigm of Global Business. Springer. 

Wissenbach, U. and Y. Wang, (2015). ‘Development Policy – alternatives, challenges and opportunities.’ In Wang, J. and W. Song, China, the European Union and International Politics of Global Governance. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Policy Papers

Wissenbach, U. and Y. Wang, (2017). ‘Local politics meets Chinese engineers – A study into the Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway Project in Kenya.’ Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies China-Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) working paper.

Wissenbach, U. and Y. Wang, (2017). ‘Local Politics Meets Chinese Engineers: A Study of the Chinese-Built Standard Gauge Railway Project In Kenya.’ Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies China-Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) policy brief.

Wang, Y. and S. Zadek, (2016). ‘Sustainability Impacts of Chinese Outward Direct Investment: A Review of the Literature.’ International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) working paper.