Nana de Graaff is Associate Professor in International Relations at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her main research interests are within International Relations, International Political Economy and Elite Studies (political sociology). Her particular research fields are Chinese political and economic elites, the globalization of Chinese firms and Chinese engagements with Europe; American political and economic elites and US foreign policy, US-China relations, and the politics and political economy of oil. She publishes in leading journals in International Relations, International Political Economy, and Sociology (e.g. Review of International Political Economy, European Journal of International Relations, International Affairs, Global Networks) and with publishers like Routledge and Cambridge University Press.
Nana De Graaff is currently Chair of the EU COST Action 18215 China in Europe Research Network (CHERN), a Europe-wide network aimed at pooling, exchanging, disseminating and generating research on Chinese socio-economic engagements with Europe. She is also co-Principal Investigator in an ESRC (UK) funded project Fraying Ties? Networks, Territory and Transformation in the UK oil sector, an interdisciplinary research project led by Prof. Gavin Bridge (Durham University) in collaboration with London School of Economic (LSE) and Platform. She is co-investigator in the Corporate Mapping Project, a SSHRC funded research-project aimed at systematically mapping the structure and influence of the fossil fuel industry in Canada led by Prof. William Carroll (University of Victoria). De Graaff is an advisory board member for International Affairs and The International Spectator.