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Dr. Alexandre de Podestá Gomes
Postdoctoral Fellow to Prof. ten Brink
Social Sciences & Humanities
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH, Res. IV, Campus Ring 1, 28759 Bremen, Germany
+49 421 200-3303
a.gomes [at]
Research IV, Room 78


Alexandre De Podestá Gomes is a postdoctoral researcher at Jacobs University Bremen and a research fellow at the Economics Institute at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. He received a graduate degree in Economics from Unicamp, a Master degree in Contemporary Development of China from Beijing Normal University (China), and a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His research interests are in industrial policies, comparative institutional analysis and regional economic growth with a focus on China. ORCID: (LINK)

Funded Projects: 

Challenges for the Stability of the Chinese Economic Model (DFG Research Grant, 2019-2022)
Headed by Tobias ten Brink, the project examines if and to what extent current socio-economic and political challenges are destabilizing China's state-permeated economic model. In particular, it asks whether recent reforms initiated under the Xi Jinping government tend to undermine or sustain the model. To take account of China’s regional heterogeneity, the research scope is not limited to aggregated national data. Three comparative case studies are conducted, which focus on industrial metropolises such as Shenzhen, Suzhou and Dongguan. The project expects new insights into China’s development as well as a better understanding of the processes enabling institutional stabilization and of an incremental, path-dependent adaptation of models of capitalism. It is funded by DFG (TE 1069/6-1).


Recent Publications

Gomes, A.P. (2020). Regional economic growth in China from a Kaldorian perspective: A tale of two cities. PSL Quarterly Review, 73 (295), 283-312, (LINK)

Gomes A.P. (2020). Local level institutional complementarities in contemporary China: A comparison between Nanjing and Suzhou. Revue de la régulation, 27 (1), 1-29, (LINK)

Gomes, A.P. (2018). The mainstream economics interpretation of the local state and central-local relations in post-Mao China: a critical review. SOAS Department of Economics Working Paper No. 214, London: SOAS University of London. Available at: (PDF)