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Natalie Lau

PhD Candidate @ The University of Edinburgh



I am a PhD in Politics candidate at The University of Edinburgh. Using mixed methods, my research investigates the framing and impact of nationalist discourses, especially in contexts where state-building nationalism conflicts with peripheral nationalism. My research interests include nationalism, political communication, East Asian politics (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), and public opinion. I employ an eclectic approach to methods, selecting them based on their appropriateness for answering particular research questions.

Prior to joining Edinburgh, I was a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University who mainly taught The Art of Persuasion and other communication courses. I received two teaching awards during my lectureship.  

am a Canadian raised in Hong Kong and academically trained in Edinburgh.

Education & Experience


2021 - Present

PhD in Politics, The University of Edinburgh

2018 - 2019

MSc in Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh

2008 - 2011

BSSC (Hons) in Government and International Studies (minored in Translation Studies), Hong Kong Baptist University


January - July 2024

Research Assistant, The University of Edinburgh

August 2022 - August 2023

Research Associate, Type Ventures, London, UK

January 2020 - August 2021

Lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University

November 2014 - July 2018

Instructional Assistant,

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

July 2011 - October 2014

Administrative Officer,

Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong

Skills & Languages


Tertiary Level Teaching

Coaching & Advising

Public Speaking

Computer Skills

Executive & Administration



Cantonese Chinese

Mandarin Chinese

Skills & Languages
Awards & Interests


College of International Education Appreciation for Quality Teaching Scheme 2020 - 21, 

Hong Kong Baptist University

Dean's Recognition for Teaching Achievement 2019 - 20, 

Hong Kong Baptist University


Classical Music; Classical Painting; 

World History; Asian Cuisine; Swimming; Cats

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