Dr. Berthold Kuhn is a political scientist and international cooperation advisor. He works as an adjunct professor (Privatdozent) at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (OSI), Freie Universität Berlin and as consultant to the European Commission, United Nations organisations, German development cooperation, consulting firms and non-governmental organisations. He has worked in many European, Asian and African countries, in research and international cooperation projects.
Dr. Berthold Kuhn was a professor at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University (2 years) and School of Public Affairs and School of Public Policy, Xiamen University (2 years) and a GIZ-CIM and Rhineland-Palatinate cooperation expert in China. He has made substantial contributions to the promotion of international cooperation and strategic partnerships between leading German and Chinese Universities.
His publications and reports deal with international cooperation in theory and practice, with focus on sustainable development policies in comparative perspective, China in the global context, state-market-civil society cooperation, climate protection policies and governance, civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGO), human rights (civil and political as well as econmic, social and cultural rights), participation issues, capacity development, project management, monitoring and evaluation.
His teaching experience covers Master and Bachelor level courses and executive training courses for diplomats, government officials and project managers in English and German on a wide range of political science/political sociology topics, with a focus on Sustainability Discourses, Policies and Implementation Strategies
Berthold has worked and travelled in more than 70 countries, mainly in Europe, Asia and Africa, and is fluent in German, English and French and able to communicate in Chinese.
for more information: berthold.kuhn(at)fu-berlin.de
and bertholdkuhn (WeChat, Chinese social media)
New publication: "China's Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals", Chinese Political Science Review, July 2018
Teaching a course on "Sustainable Development in Theory and Practice" at Xiamen University in July 2018
Annual Conference of the German Council for Sustainable Development on 4 June 2018 at the Tempodrom in Berlin.
University Alliance for Sustainability Spring Campus 2018, April 9-13, Freie Universität Berlin
Peking University - FU Berlin workshop on SDG policies and implementation in Beijing, March 2018
Advisory work for the Delegation of the European Commission in Beijing, winter 2017/2018
FU Berlin: teaching an intensive course on international cooperation at Otto Suhr Institute, winter term 2017/2018
Evaluation of research projects submitted to the EU's Horizon 2020 programme (Nov. 2017).
Speaker at Conference Voices from East Asia, Ruhr-University Bochum, Nov. 15-16, 2017
Speaker at SustEcon Conference, Berlin, Sept. 25-26
Evaluating a TNB-STEP programme of German Academic Exchange Service in Shanghai (Sept. 2017)
Evaluations: IPA and EIDHR applications for the European Commission (May, June 2017) and DAAD STEP project in China, (June to October 2017)
New book publication:
Sustainable Development and Climate Policies in China, LAP, ISBN 978-3-330-05869-9,
E-book versions of my books "Development Politics between Market and State", and Participatory Developoment in Rural India, see Research
Paper published on "Sustainable Development Discourses in China", Journal of Sustainable Development 12/2016
Paper published on "Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development in China" Open Journal of Political Science, 10/2016
Global Discourses and Practices of Sustainable Development. Master Course, Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
Green Transitions. A Common Challenge for Emerging and Industrialised Economies. CAS/ISD, FES Workshop in Beijing, Sept. 26-27
African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI), Team Leader of the Appraisal Mission (travelling to Ethiopia, Benin, South Africa), February 2016
Chinesisch-Deutsches Wissenschaftsforum, Workshop an der Peking University, Nov. 27-28
Speaker at GIZ-ABI Winter School Democratic Governance, Nov. 9-13, 2015
FU Berlin, OSI: International and development cooperation in theory and practice (teaching of Master level course, starting 23 Oct. 2015, in German)
Xiamen and Beijing: Courses on sustainable development and collaborative governance, qualitative research methods, and refugees in Europe, Oct. 2015
Nonprofit Academic Centers Council 2015 Conference: July 15-16, 2015, DePaul University, Chicago, IL