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Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink
Professor of Chinese Economy and Society
Director, China Global Center at Jacobs University
Social Sciences & Humanities


Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Res. IV
Campus Ring 1
D-28759 Bremen
Germany

Fax: 
+49 421 200-3303
Email: 
t.tenbrink [at] jacobs-university.de
Office: 
Research IV, Room 98
Office Hours: 

Wednesdays, 13:00-14:00 (during semester)

Research Interests: 
  • International Relations and Global Political Economy
  • China and large emerging countries
  • Comparative Politics, institutional analysis and institutional change
  • Social Theory and Historical Sociology

 

Research projects:

Dynamics of Chinese Social Policy: The Interplay of National and International Influences (DFG Research Grant; SFB 1342)

Barely noticed by Western publics, since the 1990s and especially since the mid-2000s, China has been implementing the largest social policy project in history. Although Chinese social policy does have its own traditions, its emergence and expansion have been influenced by international interdependencies of various origins. The project’s central question is: How have these internal and external influences affected and shaped Chinese social policy and which mechanisms were responsible? A team of researchers is studying this in pension, health and unemployment insurances. Headed by Tobias ten Brink and Liu Tao (University of Duisburg-Essen), the project will initially run for four years but can be extended to twelve years (INST 144/479-1). The reason for this is that the research is part of the new Collaborative Research Center SFB 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” at the University of Bremen, funded by the German Research Foundation DFG (http://www.socialpolicydynamics.de).

Public-Private Collaboration in China´s Innovative Rise: Effects and Mechanisms (DFG Research Grant)

Globally, states are seeking to improve their economies’ innovation capacities. This is all the more relevant for emerging countries such as China in its attempt to avoid being stuck as a middle-income economy. This project uses insights from studies on industrial policy and the innovation systems literature to analyze sources of China’s recent innovative rise. Going beyond older forms of state-led developmentalism, it asks for the role of public-private networks to foster innovation, especially among local state actors, research institutes and (private and semi-private) firms. The project is jointly organized by Tobias ten Brink and Cornelia Storz (Goethe University Frankfurt). It is funded by DFG (TE 1069/5-1; STO 860/8-1).

Challenges for the Stability of the Chinese Economic Model (DFG Research Grant)

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 in the highly developed coastal province of Guangdong (here: Shenzhen), in the late-developing inland province of Hubei (here: Wuhan) and the structurally weak province of Liaoning (here: Shenyang). 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) and will start in the fall of 2018.

 

Fellowships and Awards: 


“Geisteswissenschaften International” – Award for Translation Funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences by the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, for the monograph “Chinas Kapitalismus. Entstehung, Verlauf, Paradoxien”, 2016

Max Planck Institute postdoctoral research grant, 2009-2011

Humanities International – Award for Translation Funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences by the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, for the PhD thesis “Geopolitik”, 2010

Fritz Thyssen Foundation research grant, 2008-2009

Hans Boeckler Foundation doctoral fellowship, 2004-2007
 

Research and Teaching Positions: 

                                                 

Since 2016

Professor of Chinese Society and Business, Jacobs University Bremen

2015/16

Visiting Professor for International Political Studies, University Witten/Herdecke

2012-2015

Research Fellow and Lecturer, Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute for Political Science

2014

Theodor Heuss Lecturer, The New School for Social Research, New York

2013

Visiting Scholar, MIT (Center for International Studies), Cambridge

2012/13

Visiting Scholar, Sun Yat-Sen University (School of Government), Guangzhou, China

11/2012

Habilitation (Post-doctoral degree), Goethe University Frankfurt

2009-2012

Postdoctoral and Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

Since 2008

Research Fellow (since 2016: Associated Researcher), Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt

2011

Visiting Scholar, East-West-Center, Honolulu

2004-2009

Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt

2007

PhD, Political Science ("summa cum laude"), University of Frankfurt

2003-2007

PhD student as Hans Boeckler Fellow, Department of Social Sciences, University of Frankfurt; as of 2004 at the Institute for Social Research

1997-2002

Diplom (MA equivalent), Political Science, University of Frankfurt

Publications: 

(Recent)

T. ten Brink (2019): China's Capitalism. A Paradoxical Route to Economic Prosperity. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

C. May, A. Nölke, T. ten Brink (2019): Public-Private Coordination in Large Emerging Economies: The Case of Brazil, India and China, in: Contemporary Politics, Vol. 25.

T. Liu & T. ten Brink (2019): International Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Social Policy. Introduction to the Special Issue, in: Journal of Chinese Governance, Vol. 4, doi.org/10.1080./23812346.2018.1519323.

T. ten Brink, F. Butollo (2018): Domestic Market Growth and Local State Support in the Upgrading of China's LED Lighting Industry, in: Global Networks, 18:2, 285-306. DOI: 10.1111/glob.12160.

L. Leisering, T. Liu, T. ten Brink (2017): Synthesizing Disparate Ideas: How a Chinese Model of Social Assistance Was Forged, in: Global Social Policy, 17:3,  DOI: 10.1177/1468018117704381.

T. ten Brink (2016): The End of the Long Boom? A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Long-Term Growth in China, in: Asia Review, 6:1, 195-223 (Korean).

L. Gruss, T. ten Brink (2016): The Development of the Chinese Photovoltaic Industry: An Advancing Role for the Central State?, in: Journal of Contemporary China, 25:99, 453-466.

A. Nölke, T. ten Brink, S. Claar, C. May (2015): Domestic Structures, Foreign Economic Policies and Global Economic Order: Implications from the Rise of Large Emerging Economies, in: European Journal of International Relations, 21:3, 538–567.

T. ten Brink (2015): Chinese Firms ‘Going Global’: Recent OFDI Trends, Policy Support, and International Implications, in: International Politics, 52:6, 666-683.

T. ten Brink (2014): The Challenges of China’s Non-liberal Capitalism for the Liberal Global Economic Order, in: Harvard Asia Quarterly, 16:2, 36-44.

T. ten Brink (2015): Economic Analysis in Critical Theory: The Impact of Friedrich Pollock’s State Capitalism Concept, in: Constellations, 23:3, 333-340.

 


A comprehensive list of Tobias ten Brink’s academic publications is here [PDF].
 

Other Professional Activities: 


Network Organiser („Asian Capitalisms“) for the annual SASE-Conferences (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics), since 2011

Member of the board of the "Political Economy" section in the German Political Science Association (DVPW), 2012-2015

Member of the Prize Committee „SASE-Fondation France-Japon/Network Q Prize”, 2012-2016

Advisory Board „dms – der moderne staat“, since 2012

Advisory committee of Seoul National University Asia Center book series “Capitalism in Asia”, since 2016