Yanyue Yuan

Yanyue Yuan

Yanyue is an Assistant Arts Professor of Interactive Media + Business (IMB) at NYU Shanghai where she works with the Program on Creativity and Innovation (PCI). She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she worked as Rutherford Curatorial Researcher at London Science Museum and taught in ShanghaiTech University as an Adjunct Professor. She serves as an Advisory Board Member of Intellect China Library Series and External Expert at XNode (Startup and Corporate Accelerator). Yanyue is passionate about bridging disciplinary boundaries and experimenting with innovative research methods and pedagogies. 


Select Publications

  • Lee, R.M. & Yuan, Y. (2018). Innovation Education in China: Preparing Attitudes, Approaches, and Intellectual Environments for Life in the Automation Economy. In Gleason, Nancy W. (Ed). Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Palgrave Macmillan, 93-119
  • Yuan, Y. & Hickman, R. (2016). Autopsychography as a form of self-narrative inquiry. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0022167816661059
  • Yuan, Y. & Hickman, R. (2016). ‘Tension’ and ‘care’ as cornerstones of criteria for poetic-visual inquiry as arts-based educational research. Visual Inquiry: Learning and teaching art, 4(3), 205-220
  • Yuan, Y. & Underwood, J. (2016). Torn between expectations and imagination: Alternative forms of communicating educational research. Cambridge Open-Reviewed Educational Research e-Journal, 3, 63-77
  • Yuan, Y., Stephenson, P., & Hickman, R. (2015). Museums as Alternative Settings for Initial Teacher Training: Implication of and beyond the ‘Take One Picture’ programme for primary art education. Visual Arts Research, 41(1), 27-42



  • PhD, Education
    University of Cambridge
  • Msc, Anthropology
    University of Oxford

Research Interests

  • Creative Learning Experience
  • Urban Culture and Creative Industries
  • Informal Learning Contexts
  • Slash Culture
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies

Courses Taught

  • Design Thinking
  • Entrepreneurship Explored
  • Topics in Art & Design