Keren Zhu, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate (previously held)
Boston University
Global Development Policy Center

Keren Zhu is a Global China Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), global infrastructure, international development and program evaluation. She holds an M.Sc. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in English from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Before working as a researcher at the RAND Corporation in the United States, she worked on BRI international cooperation and policy advisory in China from 2015-2017 and on public-private partnership at the International Labor Organization from 2014-2015.

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  1. Lee J-Y, Han E, Zhu K. Decoupling from China: How U.S. Asian Allies Responded to Huawei Ban. Australian Journal of International Affairs. 2022; 76. View Publication
  2. Zhu K, Mwangi B, Hu L . Socio-Economic Impact of China’s Infrastructure-Led Growth Model in Africa: A Case Study of the Kenyan Standard Gauge Railway. Journal of International Development. 2022; 1-25. View Publication
  3. Zhu K, Shi R, Lempert R. Recalibrating the Belt and Road Initiative amidst Deep Uncertainties. Journal of Mega Infrastructure and Sustainable Development. 2021; 2:47-68. View Publication
  4. Zhu K, Dossani R, Bouey J. Addressing Impact Evaluation Gaps in Belt and Road Initiative Projects in Africa: The Standard Gauge Railway Project in Kenya as a Proof of Concept. The African Review. 2020; 47(2):419-456. View Publication

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2022 BU Global Development Policy Center Global China Initiative: Research Fellowship
2022 ASCIR China-Africa: Early Career Scholar Fellowship
2021 Pardee Dissertation Award for Global Human Progress
2021 Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies: Fellowship
2020-2021 Global Governance Futures 2035: Fellowship
2020 RAND Corporation: Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis Seed Grant
2020 RAND Corporation: Center for Asia Pacific Policy Research Grant
2020 American Society for Public Administration: Columnist and Monthly Contributor
2020 Rosenfeld Dissertation Award in Asian Economic Development
2020 Smith Richardson Foundation: World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship
2017-2019 Pardee RAND Graduate School Fellowship
2016 Johns Hopkins University: China-Africa Research Initiative Presenter Travel Grant
2014 African Studies Center, University of Oxford: Dissertation Research Travel Award
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