Nora Kürzdörfer

Doctoral Researcher

Nora Kürzdörfer

  • Short CV

    • Since 04/2024: Anniversary Fellow, Research Programme “Global Orders and Foreign Policies”, GIGA Hamburg
    • Since 09/2023: Researcher and Administrator, Knowledge Exchange Project “Transfer 4 Transformation”, GIGA Hamburg
    • Since 10/2020: PhD Student, Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies, Hertie School
    • 10/2020 – 03/2024: Doctoral Researcher, Research Project “The Challenge to the Challenge” (PIs: Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Prof. Mark Hallerberg), SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence
    • 10/2021 – 12/2023: Dahrendorf Fellow, Research Project “Europe in a Changing World”, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
    • 02/2023 – 08/2023: Scientific Advisor, Policy Planning Division, German Federal Foreign Office
    • 09/2019 – 02/2020: Teaching Assistant for Prof. Matthew Braham, Practical Philosophy and Ethics, University of Hamburg
    • 09/2019 – 12/2019: Research Assistant to Prof. Amrita Narlikar, GIGA Hamburg
    • Education: MSc. in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy, University of Hamburg, B.Sc. in Public Governance across Borders, University of Twente & Westphälische Wilhelms University Münster

    Current Research

    • Geoeconomics and Global Trade Governance  (WTO, EU)
    • Responses to the Belt and Road Initiative
    • Digital networks
    • EU foreign policy

    Countries and Regions

    • EU

    • China


    • The European Union’s Response to the Digital Silk Road

    Nora Kürzdörfer

    Doctoral Researcher

    Blog Article | 08/2023

    A Rose By Any Other Name?: In Defence of the “Global South”

    Nora Kürzdörfer and Amrita Narlikar discuss the utility of the term "Global South" and call for a recognition of the Global South’s umbrella identity, along with key differentiations within it.

    Internationale Politik | 08/2023

    Was ist schon ein Name?

    Vereinfachungen und Kategorisierungen sind allgegenwärtig, siehe „der Westen“ – nur beim Globalen Süden soll das nicht gelten? Warum man an diesem Begriff festhalten sollte. Eine Reaktion auf das IP-Titelthema im Juli/August.

    Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft Policy Brief | 05/2023

    Reducing the Weaponization of Digital Interdependence: The Overlooked Potential of the EU’s New Digital Regulation Package

    The DSA is directed at protecting consumer rights and at enhancing accountability of platforms. The DMA serves to achieve fair competition on the digital market that has taken an oligopoly-like structure. We explain an aspect that is largely overlooked in the debate on the new regulation, its potential to reduce the weaponization of digital dependence.

    Felix Garten

    Hertie School of Governance

    Research Project | 01/07/2022 - 30/06/2025

    Transfer for Transformation – Knowledge Exchange with Global Reach (T4T)

    Transfer for Transformation (T4T) is an application lab. T4T will innovate in the practice of knowledge transfer through consequent target-group-integration and novel access strategies. It will also advance the scholarship on the subject by analysing the effectiveness and impact of different types of knowledge transfer.
    Leibniz Association, 2022-2025

    Research Project | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2024

    The Challenge to the Challenge: The Belt and Road Initiative’s Implications for Liberal Trade and (Digital) Finance and the Response in Other Countries

    This SCRITPS project considers the implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for the liberal script. It focuses on two policy areas, namely trade and finance. Both are critical for the potential re-allocation of wealth across borders. The project investigates how governments respond to the challenge of the BRI, and what explains the variation in responses.
    DFG, 2020-2024

    Voice of America - China | Interview | 24/02/2024

    Germany's China-bound investment rises despite of its de-risking strategy

    German investments in China continue to hit record highs. Nora Kürzdörfer argues that large German companies are taking cautious steps only to de-risk from China. 

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 26/01/2024

    Decoding China: Wie umgehen mit den Huthi?

    After initial reservations, the Chinese government now more openly condemns the Huthi attacks in the Red Sea. Nora Kürzdörfer explains how China pursues its interests in the region.

    t-online news | Interview | 19/01/2024

    Macht China wirklich unser Klima kaputt?

    China is responsible for the highest CO2 missions worldwide. At the same time, it invests more than any other country in renewable energies. Nora Kürzdörfer critically examines Chinese energy policy and explains how both approaches fit together. 

    Other | 02/10/2023 - 03/10/2023

    Neue Wege, neues Wissen: Forschung und Journalismus global und digital

    Bürgerfest zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit., Hamburg Désirée Reder (Moderator, Panelist), Nora Kürzdörfer (Panelist), Tevin Tafese (Panelist), Udo Schmidt (Moderator), Philipp Abresch (Panelist), Philipp Weber (Panelist), Düzen Tekkal (Panelist)

    Digitale Medien haben die Wissensvermittlung revolutioniert. Forscher:innen des GIGA und Journalisten des NDR werden bei der Gesprächsrunde am 2. Oktober über ihre Arbeit sowie neue Informationswege und Formen der Wissensvermittlung berichten.

    Udo Schmidt

    Philipp Abresch

    Philipp Weber

    Roundtable | 09/11/2022

    Closed-Door Digitalisation Roundtable on the Digital Silk Road in the European Union

    Closed-Door Digitalisation Roundtable on the Digital Silk Road in the European Union, Online Event Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar (Organiser, Chair), Nora Kürzdörfer (Panelist), Felix Garten (Panelist)

    Digitalisation Roundtable on the Digital Silk Road in the European Union with Nora Kürzdörfer and Felix Garten.

    Workshop | 19/04/2022 - 22/04/2022

    The Digital Silk Road in the European Union – Implementation and Limitation of Hierarchical Networks

    ECPR Joint Sessions 2022, University of Edinburgh / hybrid Organisers: European Consortium for Political Research Nora Kürzdörfer (Speaker), Felix Garten (Speaker)

    Nora Kürzdörfer and Felix Garten presented their paper on the DSR at the ECPR Joint Sessions 2022 in the workshop on Authoritarian Regimes in Regional and Global Governance Institutions.

    Felix Garten

    Hertie School of Governance


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