Yanyue Yuan

Yanyue Yuan

Yanyue YUAN is an Assistant Arts Professor of Interactive Media + Business (IMB) at NYU Shanghai. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member in the NYU Shanghai Program on Creativity+Innovation (PCI) and co-facilitates the Creative Experience Design Lab with her colleagues. Yanyue’s research focuses on design and art education, intergenerational learning, and project-based creative learning experiences.

She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Anthropology 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 Assistant Professor. 

Yanyue has published ten academic journal papers (including eight peer-reviewed papers) and twelve book chapters, and has rich experience in exploratory and inquiry-based teaching. Yanyue was awarded external grants, including Chenguang Talent Program (2019-2021) funded by Shanghai Education Development Foundation and Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, and Shanghai Philosophy and Social Sciences Annual Project funded by Shanghai Philosophy and Social Sciences Planning Office.

Select Publications

  • Yuan, Y. & Wu, G. (2021). Problems and potentials of teaching design thinking as online courses in the Chinese context. SN Social Sciences,1(6), 1-27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s43545-021-00148-z

  • Yuan, Y. (2019). Postmodern pedagogical principles of museum-informed art education. In Richard Hickman et al. (eds.). The International Encyclopedia of Art and Design Education. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118978061.ead009

  • 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


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

Research Interests

  • Creative Learning Experience
  • Intergenerational Learning
  • Design and Art Education
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies

Courses Taught

  • Design Thinking
  • Communicating For Influence
  • Entrepreneurship Explored
  • Topics in Art & Design