Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Campus Ring 1
Wednesdays, 13:00-14:00 (during semester)
- China and large emerging countries
- Global Political Economy and International Relations
- Comparative Politics, institutional analysis and institutional change
- Social Theory and Historical Sociology
Research projects (current):
Dynamics of Chinese Social Policy: The Interplay of National and International Influences (DFG Research Grant; SFB 1342, 2018-2021)
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, 2018-2020)
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, 2019-2021)
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).
China in Europe Research Network (COST Action 18215, Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, 2019-2023)
Foreign direct investment from China to Europe has been growing strongly over the past decade. The perceived challenges posed by investment and other activities have led to increasing political and media attention across Europe, including calls for EU vetting and regulation of acquisitions. In this Cost Action, Tobias ten Brink (Management Committee member) participates among other researchers to (a) pool and stimulate research on China’s deepening economic engagements with Europe (b) develop an interdisciplinary, holistic, cross-sectoral and pan-European understanding of the variegated impacts and strategies associated with these engagements; (c) comprehend likely political and geo-political consequences; and (d) generate input on policy implications. The action is based at VU Amsterdam, chaired by Prof. Nana de Graaff. See: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18215/
“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
Professor of Chinese Society and Business, Jacobs University Bremen
Visiting Professor for International Political Studies, University Witten/Herdecke
Research Fellow and Lecturer, Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute for Political Science
Theodor Heuss Lecturer, The New School for Social Research, New York
Visiting Scholar, MIT (Center for International Studies), Cambridge
Visiting Scholar, Sun Yat-Sen University (School of Government), Guangzhou, China
Habilitation (Post-doctoral degree), Goethe University Frankfurt
Postdoctoral and Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
Research Fellow (since 2016: Associated Researcher), Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt
Visiting Scholar, East-West-Center, Honolulu
Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt
PhD, Political Science ("summa cum laude"), University of Frankfurt
PhD student as Hans Boeckler Fellow, Department of Social Sciences, University of Frankfurt; as of 2004 at the Institute for Social Research
Diplom (MA equivalent), Political Science, University of Frankfurt
N. de Graaff, T. ten Brink, I. Parmar (2020): China’s Rise in a Liberal World Order in Transition, Introduction to the Special Forum, Review of International Political Economy.
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.
A comprehensive list of Tobias ten Brink’s academic publications is here [PDF].
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