Sustainable Development and Climate Policies, regional focus Asia, in particular China
Nachhaltige Entwicklung und Klimapolitik, Regionalschwerpunkt Asien, speziell V.R. China.
Development Policies and International Cooperation in Theory and Practice
Entwicklungspolitik und internationale Zusammenarbeit in Theorie und Praxis – Regionalschwerpunkt Asien
Political Reforms in China
Politische Reformen in der V.R. China
Civil Society and NGOs in Theory and Practice
Zivilgesellschaft und NRO in Theorie und Praxis
Human Rights in the Global Context, focus on European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
Menschenrechte im globalen Kontext , Fokus on EIDHR
Berlin, April 2017
Sustainable Development and Climate Policies in China, LAP Publishers, ISBN: 978-3-330-05869-9
With the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA in November 2016, the promotion of the sustainable development agenda faces new challenges. China has already taken several opportunities to reaffirm its continued support for global agreements on sustainable development and climate change. This compilation of six research notes written by Berthold Kuhn (one co-authored by Zhang Yangyong) sheds light on the potentials and limitations for promoting sustainable development and climate protection in China. Against the backdrop of a strong government and tightened political supervision in many policy areas, the “green development agenda” stands out in providing opportunities for the business community, think tanks and universities as well as nonprofit organisations to implement projects and gradually influence policies in favour of more sustainable economic development in China
Berlin, Dec. 2016
The E-book version of my book "Development Politics between Market and State" (based on my post-doc research 1999-2004) is now online available (FU Berlin e-docs), open access. Campus Publishing House returned the rights to me after 10 years .
Please note that the book is written in German. The Chinese translation is available with Renmin Publishers (2009), still for sale. You find an English summary in the German version on page 372.
Kuhn, Berthold M. Entwicklungspolitik zwischen Markt und Staat. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen; Frankfurt a.M., New York (2005), Peking (2009), Berlin (2015)
Papers based on my research on collaborative governance and sustainable development discourses in China in spring/summer 2016 (UAS supported, research stay at Peking University)
The global sustainable development agenda of the United Nations stresses governance and partnerships involving public and private actors as key elements for achieving the sustainable development goals. This paper relates the analysis of the P.R. China’s growing engagement for sustainable development to the concept of collaborative governance. Based on the analysis of literature, policy documents, participation in conferences as well as interviews with experts, it proposes five factors to explain the promising developments of collaborative governance for sustainable development in China: political leadership, discourses, in-country expertise, institutional density and international cooperation. Against the backdrop of a strong government and tightened political supervision in many policy areas under the Xi Jinping administration, Chinese academics as well as practitioners largely agree that the “green development agenda” stands out in providing opportunities for the business community, think tanks and Universities as well as nonprofit organisations to implement projects and gradually influence policies and practices related to the promotion of sustainable development
Recent contributions to books and encyclopedias
2015: Policies, Collaboration and Partnerships for Climate Protection in China, in: Jing,Yijia (ed.): The Road to Collaborative Governance in China, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 71-94: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/The-Road-to-Collaborative-Governance-in-China/?K=9781137525192
2015: Im Spannungsfeld zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis, Dilemmata der Entwicklungspolitik (Dilemmata in Development Cooperation), edited by Netzwerk entwicklungspolitischer Fachleute (Network of Development Cooperation Advisors), Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2015, ISBN 978-3-8382-0768-1, pp. 67-76
2015: „Demokratieindizes“, „Bertelsmann Transformation Index“, „Freedom House Index“ (three entries), Methoden-Lexikon für die Sozialwissenschaften (edited by Rainer Diaz-Bone and Christoph Weischer, ISBN: 978-3-531-16629-2, Print, and 978-3-531-18889-8 Online, http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-531-18889-8, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden.
Recent papers published in academic journals
2016 Sustainable Development in China, in: Journal of
Sustainable Development 12/2016.
2016 EU China-Cooperation on Human Rights, in:
Friends of Europe, 11/2016
2016: Collaborative Governance for Sustainable
Development in China, in: Open Journal of Political
2015 “Climate Protection and Civil Society Organisations in
the P.R. China”, in BBE Europe News 11/2015 –
Newsletter for Engagement and Participation in
2014 “Climate Protection Governance and Participation in the People’s Republic of China, in ASIEN, The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, Nr. 133, October 2014, pp. 52-71, http://asien.asienforschung.de/asien-133-oktober-2014/
2014 “Against all Odds. Chinas weltpolitischer Aufstieg aus dem Blickwinkel der westlichen Politikwissenschaft,“ (China’s Rise in World Politics from a Political Science Perspective); WeltTrends, Zeitschrift für internationale Politik, Spezial 13, 2014, http://welttrends.de/spezial-13/
2014: “Capacity Building on Non-Governmental Organisations in China”, with Yangyong Zhang (co-author): http://www.istr.org/ general/custom.asp?page=WP_Muenster (International Society for Third Sector Research, Weltkonferenz, Münster, July 2014, www.istr.org)
2014: “Survey of Experts on Climate Change Awareness and Public Participation in China.” with Yangyong Zhang (co-author), Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 1/2014, pp. 177-212; http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/
Chinas weltpolitischer Aufstieg aus dem Blickwinkel der westlichen Politikwissenschaft, WeltTrends Spezial 13, 2014
Advisory work for the Delegation of the European Commission in Beijing up to March 2018 (desk work and about two 15-20 days in China.
Winter term 2017/2018 starts at FU Berlin: teaching an intensive course on international cooperation at Otto Suhr Institute.
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