Tao Liu


► Short CV

Tao Liu started studying sociology in 1998 at the University of Bielefeld. In Mai 2005 he graduated from Bielefeld University as Diplomsoziologe. Afterwards he did a doctoral study on introduction of statutory accident insurance in China from the angle of policy diffusion. Between 2011 and 2014, Tao Liu was researcher in the FLOOR research project Social Cash Transfers – The Global Construction and Diffusion of the Right to a Monetary Minimum. His research areas included the development of the social cash transfer in both rural and urban areas of China, the diffusion of the policy ideas in social cash transfer, and the new social pension system in rural areas of China. As a junior professor at the IN-EAST his current research plan is focused on work accidents insurance, occupational safety and labour protection in China and Western Europe.

► Research Interests
  • China Studies
  • Labour protection
  • Occupational Safety
  • Work accidents and occupational diseases
  • Transnational policy transfer
  • Transnational social policy
  • Social protection for migrants
  • Chinese model and Chinese society
► DFG project “Travelling knowledge: the glocalization of medical professional knowledge and practice” (Mobiles Wissen: Die Glokalisierung von medizinischem professionellem Wissen und professioneller Praxis)

(together with Anja Weiß, Institute of Sociology), Co-Applicants: Stefanie Merse, Till Neumann; further team members: Wei Chen (Beijing Medical University), Melih Elcin (Hecettepe University Ankara), Anja Neumann (UDE), Jan-Joost Rethans (Maastricht Universitair Medisch Centrum)

The project contributes to globalization studies through an empirically grounded theory of the ways in which ­professional knowledge works across borders. Profes­sions are seen as a third and ­globalizing form of regulation besides market and state since they govern themselves heterarchically through peer recognition of professional knowledge.

Project No. 394996186 (345,000 Euro)
Funding period 04/2018–04/2021

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► DFG project “Dynamics of Chinese Social Policy: Interplay of National and International Influences” (Entwicklungsdynamiken chinesischer Sozialpolitik: Das Zusammenspiel nationaler und internationaler Einflüsse)

(together with Tobias ten Brink, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Jacobs University Bremen); further team members: Yuxin Li, Tong Tian (both IN-EAST), Armin Müller (Jacobs University Bremen)

Since the 1990s and especially since the mid-2000s, China has been implementing the largest social policy project in its history, subject to limited attention from the West. Although Chinese social policy is largely based on its own traditions, its emergence and expansion have been influenced by international interdependencies of various origins. The project’s central question is the following: How have these internal and external influences affected and shaped Chinese social policy and which mechanisms were involved? The period under review covers the years between 1990 and 2020.

Project No. 374666841; Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 1342: Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik
Funding period: 2018 to 12/2021

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