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


    Memberships

    • German Political Science Association
    • Association for Social Science Research on China
    • German Association for Asian Studies 

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-27heike.holbig@giga-hamburg.de

    Policy paper | Forthcoming

    Covid-19 and the Moving Target of a Moderately Prosperous Society

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Security and Democracy in Eurasia. Studies on Transformation and Development in the OSCE Region | Forthcoming

    Official Visions of Democracy in Xi Jinping’s China

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Forschung Frankfurt: Pandemie: Was bleibt? | 10/2021

    Chinesische Perspektiven: Gespräch mit der Politologin Heike Holbig über die chinesische Pandemiepolitik

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Dr. Antje Sauter

    Journal of Contemporary Asia | 09/2021

    China’s Overseas NGO Law and the Future of International Civil Society

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Bertram Lang

    Associate

    GIGA Focus Asia | 4/2021

    One Hundred Years of Solitude: The CCP Tests Its Claim to Global Leadership

    The Chinese Communist Party celebrated itself at home as a progressive force that brought prosperity and overcame the pandemic. Internationally, geopolitical rivalries are growing. In GIGA Focus Asia, the author recommends how the EU should react to China's claim to global leadership.

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Research Project | 01/04/2019 - 31/12/2021

    Drifting Apart: International Institutions in Crisis and the Management of Dissociation Processes

    Brexit, US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement under President Trump and the demise of security cooperation between Russia and the West are reminders that international cooperation is fragile. States dissociate themselves from international institutions – either by formally withdrawing their membership, by ignoring their commitments or by creating alternative institutions. The DRIFTS project, coordinated by HSFK, explores the tensions between states that result from these dissociation processes.
    Leibniz Association, 2019-2021

    Research Project | 01/12/2018 - 31/03/2022

    Legitimate Multipolarity

    Global governance institutions work differently under conditions of multipolarity. In a first step, in this project we investigate the legitimacy deficits of global governance institutions under conditions of multipolarity. In a second step, we analyse possible solutions to such problems put forward in rising powers’ foreign policy discourses. Legitimate Multipolarity adopts an empirical approach to the study of legitimacy and contributes to a global understanding of multilateralism’s merits, pitfalls – and prospects for reform.
    DFG, 2018-2022

    Research Project | 01/01/2010 - 01/12/2016

    Ideological Change and Regime Legitimacy in China

    In the eyes of most contemporary witnesses, the collapse of the Soviet Union signaled the end of ideology. At least in the case of China, this was a hasty assumption. Over the past two decades, we have observed a reemphasis on party ideology in the People’s Republic. Ideology has again become a key resource for the legitimation of party-state power. The objective of the research project has been to analyze changes in party ideology and assess the implications for the legitimacy of party rule.
    BMBF, 2010-2016

    Deutschlandfunk (DLF) | Interview | 30/10/2021

    China und der G20-Gipfel: Staatschef Xis verpasste Chance

    3sat | Other | 14/12/2017

    Despoten auf dem Vormarsch

    Renmin Ribao (People's Daily) | Quote | 12/07/2017

    China's role in global economic governance

    Consultant | 14/12/2021

    A fast and strong state? Comparing pandemic responses in East Asian political systems during the Corona crisis

    Polytechnische Gesellschaft e.V. Frankfurt am Main: 14/12/2021

    Public lecture invited by the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Speaker | 10/12/2021

    China’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main: 10/12/2021

    Lecture in the "Theorieparadgimen" lecture series, session on applied comparative political science

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Panelist | 30/09/2021 - 01/10/2021

    The New Multilaterisms

    Conference 30/09/2021 - 01/10/2021

    Expert dialogue organized by Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Schader-Stiftung, Friede-Springer-Stiftung, Aspen Institute, Germany

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Teaching | Goethe University Frankfurt | 2013

    State-Society Relations in China

    Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2010

    Modul Landeskunde Ostasien B

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2008

    Political Systems in East Asia

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

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