My Professorship at the School of Public Affairs, Xiamen University was supported by GIZ-CIM, www.giz.de and the state of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate, www.rlp.de).
The purpose of the two-year professorship in Xiamen was to promote German-Chinese cooperation in the field of environmental and climate policies, including projects of non-governmental organisations.
Please find here an overview of dialogue, research and teaching activities.
Dt.-chin. Konferenzen in Xiamen 2. bis 4. Dezember 2012: "Der Weg nach Rio+20: Eine Nachhaltige Wirtschaftsentwicklung durch mehr Ressourceneffizienz" und "Klimaschutz und Nachhaltige Abfallentsorung nach Rio+20 im Kontext von Klimaschutzpolitik."
Presentations available at:
Please find more articles and summaries of the conference at:
www.dandc.eu (Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, Development and Cooperation)
with Prof. Zhang Yangyong, next to me (middle) and NGO representatives, September 21, 2013 in Shenzhen
The National Charity Fair in Shenzhen is a major exhibition of NGO activities in China. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. NGOs display their activities in different fields, dialogue and also compete for prestigious awards. Green Zhejiang under the leadership of Xin Hao won one of the prices for their amazing environmental, climate protection and pollution control activities in Hangzhou.
Environmental and climate protection governance and participation (R/P/T)
Civil society, NGOs and citizens' participation (R/P/T)
Development cooperation (P/T)
R = Research
P = Project Management/International Cooperation
T = Teaching
Research Project: Climate Change Awareness and Participation in China. Expert Survey
Time Frame: June 2012 to April 2013
Team Leader: Prof. Berthold Kuhn, Prof. Charles Zhang
Assistants: Chen Keru, Jia Xibei
Advisor: Prof. Zhijia Zhou, Kerstin Franzl (Nexus, Berlin)
supported by: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Shanghai Office
Languages: English and Chinese
The purpose of this project was to conduct an expert survey on the level of awareness on climate change issues in China, the role of NGOs and citizens participation. The project also organised several dialogue events.
The expert survey consists of three categories of questions related to:
The interviews and questionnaires were analysed with qualitative as well as quantitaive research tools.
Presentation of the results at United Nations Environmental Program/Tongji University Shanghai Conference in June 2013
Status: Expert survey concluded (133 questionnaires, 40 interviews), report drafted, presentation, see Publicatons/Presentations.
Die Ergebnisse werden Ende 2013/Anfang 2014 im Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (GIGA, Hamburg) veröffentlicht.
Teamleitung: Prof. Dr. Zhijia Zhou
Beratung: Prof. Dr. Berthold Kuhn
Assistenz: Shi Min, Shen Yue
Zeitrahmen: April 2012 bis April 2013
gefoerdert durch: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Buero Schanghai
Sprachen: Chinesisch und Deutsch
Status: Abstract available at
Dieses Forschungsprojekt befasste sich mit den Kompetenzen verschiedenen Akteure (Regierung, Verwaltung, NGOs), die in Xiamen zum Bereich Klimaschutz arbeiten. Ziel dieses Projekt war es, die Rolle, die Aufgaben und Projekte der verschiedenen Akteure in Xiamen im Bereich Klimaschutz zu beschrieben und zu analysieren.
Mit einer Dialogveranstaltung Anfang Dezember 2012, die im Kontext zweier Symposien in Xiamen stattfindet, wurde zu mehr Austausch und Zusammenarbeit, auch mit Akteuren aus Deutschland, beigetragen.
This course analyses state-market-civil society cooperation from a theoretical and practical perspective. It focuses on comparative advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of institutions in addressing social and environmental concerns.
Good governance practices of cooperation and coproduction of services will be introduced. Simulation games will illustrate the potentials and dilemmas of interaction between different types of institutions. Students will deliver presentations based on case studies of state-market-civil society interaction from different countries and regions, including the P.R. China and Germany. The course further aims at familiarizing students with the relevance and meaning of key terms and concepts related to governance, participation, social welfare provision and environmental protection.
This course provides an overview on environmental and climate protection policies, governance structures and participation at the international level and in selected countries and regions, including the P.R. China and Germany.
Students will learn about the significance of concepts and terms related to environmental and climate protection policies, including sustainable development, green growth, climate change mitigation and adpation.
The course will provide the students with analytical tools to understand key issues of international environmental and climate protection dialogue and learn about the role and contributions of different stakeholders, including governmental, transnational, non-governmental organisations and citizens.
This course will look at the historical evolution and the present challenges of international development cooperation across different regions and sectors.
Emphasis will be paid to environmental, health, education and good governance issues in international cooperation.
The course introduces the mandate resp. the mission, the agenda and the work of international organisations, development banks, development agencies governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Course Outline: The structure of Civil Society
Professor Berthold Kuhn, spring term 2012
This course introduces the concept of civil society in theory and practice. It deals with the theoretical dimensions of civil society and provides an overview of the structure of civil society in different countries, regions and policy areas.
The term civil society has received growing and widespread recognition in academics, by policy makers and in the practice of project management and international cooperation.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) provide essential welfare services and contribute to raise public awareness and participation in education, health, and environmental protection. They have developed new concepts of rights, responsibilities and sustainable development.
This course analyses strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and constraints of different kind of civil society organization.
It looks at their networking structures and their cooperation with Government, international organizations, development agencies and the private sector across different countries and regions and at transnational level.
Students are supposed to contribute to this course by engaging in group work and presenting salient features of the structure and the activities of civil society in different countries and regions and at the level of international cooperation on global issues.
New publication: "China's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals", Chinese Political Sceince 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