Yuemiao Ma (PhD student)

Thesis title: Citizenship education embedded in Model United Nations: an explorative study on Chinese secondary school students


Yuemiao is a PhD candidate in Education at Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. Before starting PhD, she finished MSc Education (Comparative Education and International Development) at Moray House from 2018-2019. She has maintained an interest in global education and, in particular, the Model United Nations (MUN) programme. Her PhD research is about (Global) Citizenship Education in Model UN in China. She also looked at MUN in Scotland in relation to Curriculum for Excellence (the Scottish education policy) for her master’s dissertation.


  • MSc in Education (Comparative Education and International Development), University of Edinburgh, 2018-2019
  • BA in Translation and Interpretation, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, 2014-2018
  • BEcon in Finance (dual degree), University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing, 2014-2018

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Postgraduate Tutor, IECS
  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Edinburgh Futures Institute
  • Research Assistant, CAHSS College Research Office
  • Facilitator of ANGEL (Academic Network of Global Education and Learning) Early Career Researchers’ Network

Postgraduate teaching

  • The Anthropology of Education and Learning

Research summary

  • (global) citizenship education
  • Model United Nations
  • China studies
  • anthropology of/in education
  • qualitative research methods

Conference details

  • Global Citizenship Education Embedded in Model United Nations (MUN) activities – A Case Study of a Chinese Secondary School, BAICE Early Career Researchers Conference, online, Aug 2023
  • Citizenship Education in Model United Nations (poster), Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2023, Online, February 2023
  • Implementing Model United Nations into local contexts: different conceptualisation of Global Citizenship Education, British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE) conference, Edinburgh UK, September 2022
  • Global Citizenship Education in Model United Nations: Does it work in China? The 10th European Conference on Education (ECE), London UK, July 2022