Nikita Chiu

Research Affiliate

Nikita Chiu, PhD, FRSA

Dr. Nikita Chiu is Research Fellow in Robotics and Outer Space Affairs at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at the University of Oxford. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge.

Her current work examines the impact that emerging technologies have on International Relations and the international order, with a specific focus on space and quantum technologies, as well as highly autonomous systems.

Nikita completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Biersteker at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She had served as visiting scholar at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Trinity College Dublin, and the Prague Secretariat of the OSCE. While as a Ernst Mach scholar, she investigated multilevel governance endeavours in the areas of climate change, drug control, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Prior to moving to the UK, she taught Chinese Foreign Policy and International Relations in Hong Kong and Estonia.

Besides her academic endeavours, Nikita has also undertaken training in bespoke men's tailoring and design. In her spare time, she enjoys constructing her own garments, drawing, and exploring the Irish indie music scene.

Nikita speaks Chinese, English, French, and has a passive knowledge of Italian and an elementary understanding of Russian.


Promoting International Co-operation in the Age of Global Space Governance - A Study on On-Orbit Servicing Operations Acta Astronautica, In Press, 2018

Related Links:

Nikita Chiu on space debris, satellites and public education about space sustainability Network, University of Cambridge Judge Business School, 8 Jan, 2018

Cameo in Project Q: The Question of Quantum - QC3I Highlight Reel

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