Jinru Huang


I completed my Master's degree in Global Development and Education at the University of Leeds in 2018 and proceeded seamlessly into my doctoral studies at the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds.

My doctoral research delves into the realm of educational development within China’s ethnic minroity communities. Specifically, my focus centres on analysing the mechanisms and application of educational accountability within this context. In China, accountability serves as a crucial tool to address misconduct and improve performance in the educational sector. Paradoxically, it also plays a significant role in reinforcing the prevailing top-down power structure, ultimately consolidating the Party's influence within the education system.

My research project critically examines how the Chinese government strategically employs diverse accountability mechanisms and measures to standardise its national education system. This investigation offers insights into how accountability is manipulated to reinforce an illiberal educational framework, consequently perpetuating the Party rule in China. Broadly, the project contributes to our understanding of accountability within education systems in contexts that lean towards non-liberal or less democratic paradigms, and how educational systems can be wielded to susatin authoritarian rule under an authoritairan accountability system.


  • MA in Global Development and Education
  • BA in Chinese Literature

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Contemporary Political Theory
  • Centre for Global Development