Nikita Chiu, China (Hong Kong)

Nikita Chiu © Nikita Chiu
  • Affiliations: Research Affiliate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge; Academic Advisor, Regional Academy on the United Nations
  • Scholarship: Ernst Mach Grant
  • Duration: 2012
  • Philosophy of life: "On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur, l'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." | "One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye." – Le Petit Prince | The Little Prince

Curriculum Vitae

Nikita Chiu is a research affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at University of Cambridge. She obtained her PhD from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, and was a visiting scholar at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and Trinity College, Dublin.

Her research interests include global drug governance, cities and international relations, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as space and technology policy. Prior to relocating to Cambridge, she taught Chinese Foreign Policy and International Relations at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia.


The Ernst Mach Grant, named after the renowned Austrian physicist, supported my previous research on city-networks and global governance at the Technical University of Vienna. As one of the world's most interconnected cities, Vienna is a central hub of international diplomacy, and provides a stimulating environment for inter-disciplinary inquiry. The vibrant yet elegant city is home to a large international policy community. It enables scholars to obtain first-hand insights into the dynamic landscape of international governance in the areas of peace and security, climate change, and drug control.