Olivia Gippner is a Dahrendorf postdoctoral fellow on EU-East Asia relations at LSE IDEAS. She holds a PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin and the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies for which she researched EU-China climate relations and Chinese policy-making. During her Master in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore she focused her studies on the role of energy policy in development. She received her Bachelor in European Studies from the University of Malta. From 2011-2014 she worked as a research fellow at the NFG-Research Group on 'Asian Perceptions of the EU' in Berlin, analysing Chinese participation in peacekeeping missions and EU-China security relations. Olivia has lived and worked in several countries in Europe and Asia and besides her academic research has been working and publishing as a policy analyst on Nepal’s energy crisis in Kathmandu from 2010-2011 and as a free lance consultant. She has published in academic and policy outlets and regularly presents her research at academic conferences and expert briefings.