IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies

of the University of Duisburg-Essen

The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies constitutes a joint enterprise of researchers at the IN-EAST and colleagues in various faculties and research networks at the University of Duisburg-Essen. It has been founded in order to explore the issue of innovation in East Asia from a multidisciplinary perspective that allows for the generation of new knowledge and the advancement of new methodological approaches. 

The IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies’ research agenda takes the embeddedness of processes of innovation in society as a whole as its general interest. In this context the focus lies on the interdependent topics of electro-mobility and urban systems. All research activities take East Asia (China, Japan, Korea) as subject of their analysis, but provide interfaces for international comparisons and comparative research agendas. … [read more]

Grant Applicants
Prof. Dr. Markus Taube (coordinator)
Prof. Flemming Christiansen, PhD
Prof. Dr. Thomas Heberer
Prof. Dr. Werner Pascha
Prof. Karen Shire, PhD
Prof. Kristin Surak, PhD

In cooperation with
Profilschwerpunkt Wandel von Gegenwartsgesellschaften
Profilschwerpunkt Urbane Systeme
CAR – Center Automotive Research
CAMA – Center für Automobil-Management
Essener Labor für Experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung

Project Coordination
Dipl.-Kffr. Birgit Geith
Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5193. E-mail:
Room: SG 171, Geibelstr. 41, 47057 Duisburg

Research Fellow
Dipl.-Reg.-Wiss. Marcus Conlé

The Six Research Groups

Research Group 1:
Innovation and the Chinese Economy: Institutions, Networks, and National Systems of Policies

Research Group Leader: Jun.Prof. Dr. Shuanping Dai
PhD Candidates (Supervisor: Shuanping Dai): Aleksandra Davydova, Yang Liu

Over the last decades, China has experienced a successful development in terms of its GDP. However, China did not accordingly cultivate its own excellent entrepreneurs and innovations. This project therefore will investigate … [read more]

Research Group 2:
Political Innovation in East Asian Cities

Research Group Leader: Dr. Momoyo Hüstebeck
PhD Candidates (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Axel Klein): Youngah Guahk, Weijing Le

Over recent decades, Asia has faced an enormous economic rise which initiated processes of modernization, urbanization and mobility. Therefore, the rapid developments have led to … [read more]

Research Group 3:
Institutional Innovations in East Asian Energy and Low-Carbon Markets

Research Group Leader: Dr. Paul J. Scalise
PhD Candidates: Julia Aristova (Supervisor: Prof. Flemming Christiansen, PhD),
Xiaoli Lin (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Alexander Schmidt)

Energy serves as the building block of all economies – developed, developing, and emerging economies alike; without it, economic growth is impossible. Yet the inherent tradeoffs in market fundamentals force the public[read more]

Research Group 4:
Urban Systems in East Asia. Narratives of the Asian city: "Innovation" and "Tradition" as catchphrases in contemporary urban planning

Research Group Leader: Dr. Beate Löffler
PhD Candidates: Katharina Borgmann (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Alexander Schmidt),
Deirdre Sneep (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jens M. Gurr)

Ever since the cultural turn widened approaches toward the study of culture, new research areas are being explored. In regard to the study of space, for example, this means that … [read more]

Research Group 5:
Behavioral Economics and East Asia

Research Group Leader: Dr. Timo Heinrich
PhD Candidates (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jeannette Brosig-Koch): Alexander Haering, Guanzhong Yang 

This research group is explores individual and group behavior during innovation processes in organizations and on markets. Group members tackle different research questions using the tools of experimental economics, applied game theory and econometrics. In their work[read more]

Research Group 6:
E-mobility in Asia and Europe

Research Group Leader: Dr. Roman Bartnik
PhD Candidates: Nicole Schleiffer (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Heike Proff),
Mira Schüller (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dieter Schramm)

Our research group analyzes how consumers, automobile manufacturers and supplier networks react to alternative propulsion technologies in international comparison and with a strong focus on insights from East-Asian lead markets … [read more]

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IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies
Board / Vorstand 

Group of Mentors

Prof. Dr. Jeannette Brosig-Koch
Quantitative Economic Policy

R09 T06 D43; +49 (0)201 183-2479

Prof. Flemming Christiansen, PhD
Political Sociology of China
LE 702; +49 (0)203 379-1742

Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer
Automotive Economics
BC 304; +49 (0)203 379-1111

Prof. Dr. Jens Martin Gurr
Anglophone Studies
R12 S04 H08; +49 (0)201 183-3427

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heberer
Politics and Society of China
LE 646; +49 (0)203 379-3727

Prof. Dr. Axel Klein
Japanese Politics / Modern East Asian Studies
LE 734; +49 (0)203 379-2485

Prof. Dr. Werner Pascha
East Asian Economic Studies / Japan and Korea
LE 706; +49 (0)203 379-4114

Prof. Dr. Heike Proff
International Automotive Management
BC 011B; +49 (0)203 379-1050

Prof. Dr. J. Alexander Schmidt
City Planning and Urban Design
V15 S04 D20; +49 (0)201 183-2800

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Schramm
MD 222; +49 (0)203 379-3275

Prof. Karen Shire, PhD
Comparative Sociology / Japanese Society
LE 715; +49 (0)203 379-4048

Prof. Dr. Markus Taube (Director)
East Asian Economic Studies / China
LE 706; +49 (0)203 379-4188

Non voting members / beratende Mitglieder

Helmut Demes
Managing Director, IN-EAST
LE 712; +49 (0)203 379-4191

Birgit Geith
Coordinator, IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies
SG 171; +49 (0)203 379-5193

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