Daniel Thumpston is a PhD student at SOAS, University of London in the department of politics and international studies. His research is within political economy and international relations with a focus on China. His research interests are centred around Chinese and European trade and investment policy, in particular the dynamics of the Belt and Road Initiative and Digital Silk Road in Europe. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked in research and consultancy roles in the UK and China. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and French.