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Education

1989 Habilitation at Bremen University
1977 PhD at Bremen University
1967 – 1973 Political Science, Social Anthropology, Sinology and Philosohy at the Universities of Frankfurt/M., Goettingen, Mainz and Heidelberg
1967 Bac­ca­lau­reate [Abitur] at Rudolf-Koch-Gymnasium in Offenbach/M

Professional Experience

since 2013
9-10/2019
Senior Pofessor of Chinese Politics and Society at the University of Duisburg-Essen
Guest Professorship at the School of Government and the Research Center for Chinese Politics, Peking University
3-4/2018 Field research on “Political Representation and Representational Claims in the Chinese Cyberspace” in Beijing, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Zhengzhou, Jiaozuo und Wenxian (Henan) sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2-4/2017 Field research on the topic “Representation and representative claims of private entrepreneurs” in Beijing, Guangdong, Yunnan, Sichuan, Zhejiang und Shandong.
2-3/2016 Field Research on “Strategic Group Behaviour of private entrepreneurs” in Peking, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Haikou, Qionghai and Sanya, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF]
9/2015 Field Research on “Strategic Group Behaviour” of private entrepreneurs in Changchun, Yushu, Foshan and Shenzhen, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF]
2-3/2015 Field Research on “Strategic Group Behaviour” of private entrepreneurs in various locations in China, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF]
8-9/2014 Field Research in Yongji/Jilin and Zhuhai/Guangdong on “Interaction between Private Entrepreneurs and Local Governments”, funded by the Federal Ministry Education and Research [BMBF]
2014 Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna
2013-2015 Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University
1998-2013 Professor of East Asian Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen
2013 Field research in Enshi (Hubei) and Wenzhou (Zhejiang) on interaction between local governments and private entrepreneurs (sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research within the “Competence Network ‘Governing in China’”)
2012 Field research in Jiangyin (Jiangsu) and Jinjiang (Fujian) on interaction between local governments and private entrepreneurs (sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research within the “Competence Network ‘Governing in China’”)
2012 Field research on “Environmental governance in ethnic minority areas” in Xichang and Meigu County, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, sponsored by the Haniel Foundation
2011 Field Research in Jiangyin (Jiangsu) and Shiquan (Shaanxi) on “Local Cadres as Strategic Groups: Innovation and Experiments” (sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research within the “Competence Network ‘Governing in China’”)
2010 Visiting Professor at Taiwan National University (Taibei) and Sun Zhongshan University in Gaoxiong/Taiwan
2009 Field Research in China’s Shouguang/Shandong, Deqing/Zhejiang, and Nanfeng/Jiangxi on “Rural Environmental Governance and the Implementation Gap”, sponsored by the Haniel Foundation
2008 – 2010 Field research in Laixi (Shandong), Suining (Sichuan), Meitan and Xifeng (both in Guizhou) on Local State and Local Cadres: Constructing a New Countryside (sponsored by the DFG)
2007 Research on Environmental Governance in China in Shihezi, Xiamen and Yingkou (sponsored by the Haniel Foundation)
2006 Research on administrative reforms in China in four provinces (sponsored by the Haniel Foundation)
2005 Visiting Scholar at the China Center of Comparative Politics and Economics, Beijing
2003 – 2005 Field research on participation, legitimacy and social security in China’s neighborhood communities; field research in Shenyang, Chongqing and Shenzhen, sponsored by the DFG
2000 Visiting Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle
1999 – 2002 Field research in 11 counties of the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan on Ethnic Entrepreneurs and Social and Structural Change, sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation
1997 Visiting Professor at Seoul National University, Seoul/Korea, sponsored by the Korea Foundation
Visiting Professor in Taiwan at the invitation of the Taiwanese Ministry of Education
1993 – 1994 Field Research in seven townships in six Chinese provinces on “Rural Urbanization and Social Change in China”, sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation
1992 – 1998 Professor of Political Sciences with a focus on East Asian politics and government at Trier University
1991 – 1992 Professor of Chinese Economic Studies at Bremen University for Applied Sciences
1988 – 1991 Visiting Professor, Chair of East Asian Politics at Duisburg University
1986 – 1988 Senior research fellow at Bremen University; in charge of a research project on “The Function of the Individual Economy for Labour Market and Urban Economy in China”, sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation
1986 – 1987 Field research in four Chinese provinces, interviewing more than 1,500 individual economic households
1983 – 1985 Research fellow at the Übersee Museum in Bremen, responsible for establishing the new China department
1981 – 1982 Field research on ethnic minorities’ policies and development policies in ethnic minority areas in China in the Yi in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
1977 – 1981 Translator and Reader at the Foreign Language Press in Peking

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