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Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

Senior Research Fellow

Editor GIGA Focus Asia

Short CV

  • Since 01/2014: Senior Research Fellow (50 %) at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

  • Since 10/2013: Part-time chair (50%) for East Asian politics (with a particular focus on China) at the Department of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt

  • Since 01/2011: Chair for East Asian politics (with a particular focus on China) at the Department of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt

  • 1999 - 2009: Editor of Journal of Current Chinese Affairs published by GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

  • Since 2003: Part-time Work during Parental Leave

  • Since 1999: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, working in the field of China's domestic politics; Editor (with Karsten Giese) of the journal China aktuell – Journal of Current Chinese Affairs published by GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

  • 1997/98: Associate Professor (deputy) in Modern Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University

  • Education: 1986-97: Studies and Doctoral Studies in Chinese Studies and Economics in Erlangen (1986-89), Beijing (1989-91) and Heidelberg (1991-97); 1997 PhD in Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University; 1998/99: Postgraduate Course in European Studies in Berlin, degree "Master of European Studies"


Current Research

  • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China

  • Ideology and political legitimation

  • State-society relations in the Chinese reform period

  • Protection of weak groups and interests in China and Japan

  • Comparative research into authoritarianism

  • Asia-related area studies


Countries and Regions

  • VR China

  • SVR Hongkong


Research Programme

  • Accountability and Participation


Projects