Inspired by the work of Soka Gakkai International President Daisaku Ikeda in promoting peace through dialogue, Nengzheng’s research is a continuation of coursework written during his Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Queensland. His PhD thesis explores the use of dialogue among individuals and between communities through the lens of nonviolent resistance. Through this thesis, he is interested on how dialogue can act as a form of nonviolent resistance and specifically the role that dialogue plays in developing and maintaining nonviolent discipline within civil resistance movements.

Nengzheng graduated from the Master program in July 2020 and proceeded to his PhD in October 2020. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science (honours) from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he completed a thesis which investigated the fluid identities that impede attempts of smoking cessation for smokers. Prior to embarking on his further education at the University of Queensland, he also engaged in research work at a private healthcare company and then the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore, where he was involved in a multi-site wellbeing project spearheaded by Stanford University.