7 September 2021

SUPRA Students September 2021

We are happy to announce that we have four new students joining us for our SUPRA Nordic online programme in September! It is a pleasure to welcome:


Hanna-Mari Ylinen, Master of Social Sciences, East Asian Studies, University of Turku    

Hanna-Mari YlinenHanna-Mari Ylinen is finalizing her Master of Social Sciences degree with a specialization in East Asian studies from the University of Turku. In her thesis, she examines the Belt and Road Initiative from the perspective of normative power, aiming to understand how China utilizes the initiative for the diffusion of new international human rights norms. The thesis focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative, not just as a global infrastructure project but rather as a normative endeavor to confront the current international standards by diffusing new norms and ideas favorable for China's main interests. In addition to her studies, Hanna-Mari works as an Office Manager & Editor-in-Chief in the Finland–China Society.


Linh Le-Phuong, PhD in Social Sciences, KU Leuven University

Linh Le-PhuongLinh, Le-Phuong is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Media Studies, KU Leuven University in Belgium. She studies the media representation of female migrants and its effects in the society. She is interested in how intersectional subjects continue to be marginalised in traditional and alternative communication channels; and the social stigmatisation stemming from the (re-)victimisation process that is, in turn, the results of such marginalisation. Her regional focuses are Vietnam and East Asia. Her other research interests include, but are not limited to, media system, intersectional feminism, journalism practices, social in/exclusion, and female migration.


Matthana Rodyim, PhD, International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, National Chengchi University

Matthana RodyimMatthana Rodyim’s background is area studies, focusing on Southeast Asia studies. He attained his BA from Thammasat University and MA from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main in a similar area to his previous studies. He is recently a PhD candidate with the Taiwanese Ministry of Education scholarship. Matthana’s current project concerns the political fear in Thailand after the death of King Bhumibol in 2016.  His research seeks to explain the phenomena in recent Thai politics of; how the elite utilize fear to govern. He focuses on three stages for making fear present in Thai political society: 1) Creation of Fear, 2) Fear Transfer, and 3) Maintaining Fear from the elite. Three stages are related to the threat of defamation law enforcement discursive of Lèse-majesté law, or section 112, and sedition law, or section 116. The section 112 is utilized to secure the sacred monarchy status, whilst chapter 116 is used for eliminating the state’s dissenters and protect the elite in the network.


Vorawan Wannalak, Doctor of Political Science, University of Potsdam

Vorawan WannalakVorawan Wannalak is currently a doctoral research fellow at the Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD), Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam, Germany. Her current research focuses on discursive analysis of policy translation and practices of China-Thailand environmental cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). She holds a B.Sc. in Sociology and Anthropology from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, and a Master of Public Management (GeoGovernance) from University of Potsdam, Germany. She was a lecturer at the School of Social Innovation, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Her research interests include international environmental politics, international climate policy, China’s role in global environmental governance, renewable energy development in Southeast Asia, and China-Southeast Asia relations.