Elżbieta Proń holds a PhD in Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Nottingham. She is affiliated with the Institute of Political Science at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). She was a Visiting Researcher to the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (2011), KIMEP University in Kazakhstan (2011-2012), and the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan (2012). She also taught at the OSCE Academy of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
Her research interests include Sino-Central Asian relations, mainly through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Belt and Road Initiative, and Central Asian foreign policies towards China. In 2021, she published a book titled International institutions in China’s foreign policy: the case of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Between 2019 and 2023, her research is supported by the SONATA14 research grant funded by the National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) in Poland, grant number 2018/31/D/HS5/03371.