Dr. Berthold Kuhn Research and Consulting
Dr. Berthold Kuhn                                                 Research and Consulting  

Teaching Philosophy and Experience

News  Oct. 2018: Teaching two courses at FU Berlin on Sustainable Development Policies in Fall/Winter 2018/2019



Teaching Philosophy
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My 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 focus on international and development cooperation, sustainable development policies in comparative perspective, China in the global context, collaborative governance and civil society in theory and practice.

I taught at:

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Universität Leipzig
  • Universität Bremen in Germany
  • Academy for International Cooperation, GIZ (Germany)
  • Leiden University (Netherlands)
  • Rouen Business School (France)
  • Tsinghua University (Beijing)
  • Peking University
  • Beihang University (Beijing)
  • Sichuan University (Chengdu)
  • Xiamen University (China)
  • Tongji University (Shanghai)
  • Viddhy Bawan Institute, Udaipur (India)
  • Zhejiang Unioversity, Hangzhou

Freie Universität Berlin, Winter Term 2017-2018

Zukunft der Entwicklungspolitik: Seminarplan
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Zukunft der Entwicklungspolitik Präsentation 1. Sitzung
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Freie Universität Berlin, Winter Term 2016-2017

Global Discourses and Practices of Sustainable Development
Freie Universität Berlin, Dept. of Political and Social Sciences
Master Course
Winter Term 2016/2017, Number: 15375
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Winter School on Democratic Governance, Integrating Theory and Practice, November 9 – 13, 2015 Freiburg, Germany


Civil society in international cooperation: exploring opportunities, understanding risks.

by Berthold Kuhn*


This session of the Winter School on Democratic Governance will discuss the concept of civil society from different theoretical and practical perspectives and ascertain its relevance for international and development cooperation in different political and cultural contexts. We shall critically revisit some of the promises related to the promotion of civil society and its involvement in governance processes by looking at the resource bases of various types of organisation and their strategies to engage with citizens, local and national government and donor agencies. We will identify driving factors of different resource mobilisation opportunities and strategies of civil society organisations (state-dependency, international and/or donor dependency, voluntary dependency) and analyse lessons learnt from good (and not so good) practices in development cooperation. The purpose of the session is to jointly develop an understanding of the opportunities, risks and strategies of engaging with and promoting civil society organisations at different levels in international cooperation.


Teaching at Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

Wintersemester 2015/2016

15370 Seminar (Master level)

Internationale Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklungspolitik in Theorie und Praxis

Berthold Kuhn


Die Veranstaltung behandelt Theorien, Akteure und Projekte der internationalen Zusammenarbeit und der Entwicklungspolitik.Im ersten Teil wird zunächst ein begriffliches und konzeptionelles Verständnis von internationaler Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklungspolitik diskutiert, mit einem Schwerpunkt auf dem Konzept der nachhaltigen Entwicklung. Anschließend werden verschiedene staatliche und nicht-staatliche Akteure und ihre Mandate und Handlungsmotive behandelt. Im dritten Teil der Veranstaltung sollen Einblicke in Programme und Projekte der internationalen Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklungspolitik erfolgen.



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KuhnBM Entwicklungstheorien
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Studie Sustainable Development Goals
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Teaching at Sichuan University, Chengdu, P.R. China


Climate Protection Policies and Governance


Policy-making in the field of climate protection has taken-off in China. The process of policy-making – from agenda setting to policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation – is of comprehensive nature and involves a series of stakeholders. The course introduces command-and-control, market-based and other mechanisms to promote climate protection and low-carbon-development development. It analyses enabling and disabling factors for collaboration and partnerships between state, market and civil society actors. The course draws on experience of different countries and regions, e.g. the German Energiewende (Energy Shift Policy) and Emission Trading Schemes in Europe. There is ample evidence of reform-oriented policies and projects in many countries, including China. Yet, it is challenging to achieve a high level of compliance, coherence, cooperation and implementation across sectors and regions. Students will be involved in innovative teaching methods, including simulation games, and encouraged to present group work. The course will be taught in English. The course will be carried out as a one-week intensive course 30 June - 4 July 2014.

SoSe 2014

Politische Themen und Akteure in der V.R. China in globaler Perspektive

Seminar 15 376, Master level

Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Monday 18-20h


Der Kurs behandelt einflussreiche, engagierte und innovative politische und soziale Akteure in Staat und Gesellschaft in China, darunter auch Medien und Nicht-Regierungsorganisationen. Die politischen Ziele, Maßnahmen und Reformen sowie die drängenden Probleme Chinas sollen in Referaten, Gruppenarbeit und Diskussionen aus globaler Perspektive analysiert werden, d.h. auf die Anforderungen globaler Problemlösungen, good practices und transnationaler und regionaler Governance Erfordernisse bezogen werden. Ein Schwerpunkt wird auf dem Bereich der Umwelt- und Klimapolitik liegen. China wird in der Klimapolitik einerseits als hardliner bei internationalen Verhandlungen wahrgenommen. Andererseits werden auf der nationalen und subnationalen Ebene ehrgeizige Klimaschutzziele und zahlreiche Modellprojekte verfolgt. Das Thema Menschenrechte soll ebenfalls eine besondere Aufmerksamkeit erhalten. Dazu sind u.a. Gastvorträge vorgesehen.

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FU Berlin Spring Campus Conference, co-chair of Workshop on Climate Policies in Comparative Perspectives, April 1-5, Berlin


Workshops and Lectures at Xiamen University, Beijing Normal University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University on Sustainable Development, Climate Policies, Role of International NGOs in March 2019


Advisory services for GIZ project targeting climate migrants in Bangladesh, Dec. 2018


Two courses on Sustainable Development Policies at FU Berlin in fall/winter 2018/2019


New Publication on "Changing Spaces for CSOs in China" OJPS

DOI:10.4236/ojps.2018.84030 Oct. 28, 2018


Speaker at Conference on Collaborative Governance  in Palermo (IT), Oct. 25-26, 2018


Research stay at School of Internatonal Studies, Peking University and Lecture at School of International Studies, Zhejiang University (Sept. 2018)


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,

see Research


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





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