Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Bi-Yu Chang

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Senior Teaching Fellow Centre of Taiwan Studies Deputy Director (Center of Taiwan Studies)
BA (Chengchi) MA PhD (City)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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020 7898 4508
Support hours
Term 2:
In-person: Mondays, 1:00pm-2:00pm (Room MB364)
Online: Thursdays, 10:00am-11:00am (via Teams, link in Bio)


Bi-yu Chang is Deputy Director of the Centre of Taiwan Studies and Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London. Dr Chang specialises in cultural politics in Taiwan, and the main focus of her research is on identity politics, nation-building, cultural politics, power, and the reproduction of culture through education.

Bi-yu is active in research, publication, and teaching. She was twice awarded the prestigious Taiwan Fellowship (2016 & 2019) and was also the recipient of the SOAS Director’s Teaching Award in 2019. 

Bi-yu’s monograph Place, Identity, and National Imagination in Post-war Taiwan was published in 2015 by Routledge. She has edited and published in books and journals (both in Chinese and English). Recent publications appear in: di Limes (2021); Positioning Taiwan in a Global Context: Being and Becoming (2019); Taiwan: From Language to Identity and Ideology (2018); Taiwan’s Contemporary Indigenous Peoples, (2019); Connecting Taiwan: Participation – Integration – Impacts (2018); and 交界與游移:跨文史的文化傳譯知識生產 (2017). Her most recent research article “Being and Becoming 21st Century Taiwanese: Generational Gap and Identity Shift“ will be published in Sulla via del Catai (forthcoming, 2024). 

Research interests

Bi-yu's research interests are in the areas of identity politics. Since the completion of PhD, her research has taken a spatial turn, exploring the spatial dimension of identity, national imagination, cartographic representation, and the politics of tourism. Since 2016, she has been researching the politics of spatial identity, geography education, and Taiwan’s tourism, unpicking the intricate relationship between identity, place, and power. Her new research extends to the generational gap in identity and gender politics. Teaching based on her own research includes the modules Culture and Society of Taiwan, Taiwan in International Politics, and Taiwan Cinema. 


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