I was trained in Asian Studies (with focus on China) and International Relations at Belarusian State University, and Chinese language and literature at Anhui Normal University and East China Normal University. In 2015 I received a Ph.D. in History, obtained for my thesis on China’s foreign policy in Central Asia. As part of my doctoral research, I conducted fieldwork in China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Prior to joining ACE, I was an EEGA postdoctoral fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (2021), a Swedish Institute postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University (2018-2019), and a guest researcher at SIPRI (2019). My teaching experience includes working as an Associate Professor in International Relations at Belarusian State University. Since spring 2021, I have been a guest researcher at the Centre for Modern East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen.
My main research areas are China’s foreign policy in Eastern Europe (with focus on Belarus) and Central Asia, and the implementation of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in both regions.
I have been co-developing a Digital Humanities Platform for comprehensive analysis and mapping of China’s BRI. As part of this project, in 2019 I organised an international conference ‘China’s BRI and a New Era of Transcultural Networks?’ held at Uppsala University.
My recent publications include:
Maryia Danilovich, “Belt and Road Initiative in 2020: a New Assessment.” In The Eurasian Network of Regional Initiatives and Organisations. Elements of Interconnectedness. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Policy Paper, October 2020.
Maryia Danilovich, “Bridging Westward to Open the Gates of Europe: Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia and Belarus.” In How China’s Silk Road Initiative is Changing the Global Economic Landscape, ed. by Marcus Taube and Yuan Li, 207-227. London: Routledge, 2020. doi: 10.4324/9780429455193
Maria Danilovich, “The ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ in the Discourses of the Central Asian States: Political Rhetoric of Growth and Academic Prognostication.” In Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 16/3 (2018): 293-312. doi: 10.1080/14765284.2018.1482090.
Maryia Danilovich, Belarus-China Industrial Cooperation: a Blow up of the Picture. IFL.blog (Blog des Leibniz-Instituts für Länderkunde), March 2021.