Dr Biyun Zhu

Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management

Full contact details
View graph of relations


Biyun Zhu is a Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Manchester. She received her PhD in Cultural Policy and Arts Management (with a minor in Public Policy and Management) from The Ohio State University. Previously, she earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from King’s College London and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of International Business and Economics. She has also researched and worked with government and international organizations including the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, PRC, and United Nations. Her research draws on knowledge from multiple disciplines including public policy, international relations, history, and management. She uses cultural policy as a lens to investigate issues in broader fields such as arts organisation governance, creative industries, cultural diplomacy, and soft power. She is particularly interested in international studies that compare the similarities and differences of cultural practices and explore the interaction between governments, organisations, and individuals. Her recent work constructs a multi-level policy design framework to understand, communicate, and inform the practice of cultural diplomacy in a changing international environment.

Social responsibility

Social Responsibility Grant and Project

- Building Cultural Diplomacy into the Agenda of Cultural Sustainability: A Collaborative Project with Manchester Based Artists and Cultural Institutions.  £2989.72

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General) - Public Policy, Public Administration, Non-profit Management, International Cultural Governance, Cultural Policy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • Cultural Policy, Arts Management, Cultural Diplomacy, Soft Power

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2021 - Doctor of Philosophy Ohio State University
  • 2015 - Master of Arts King's College London
  • 2013 - Bachelor of Arts University Of International Business & Economics

Related information


Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

View all (4)


Activity: Participating in or organising event(s)Organising a conference, workshop, exhibition, performance, inquiry, course etc

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

View all (4)