Anna L. Ahlers

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Academic Interests

  • China's political system, esp. local administration and policy implementation
  • Rural transformation and urbanization in China
  • Environmental governance, esp. air pollution regulation in China
  • China in the global system of science
  • Greater China, global notions of "Chineseness"
  • Political inclusion and exclusion
  • Comparative research on authoritarianism

Higher education and employment history

  • 2014-  Associate professor in Modern Chinese Society and Politics, University of Oslo
  • 2018-2019  Wigeland visiting assoc. professor, University of Chicago
  • 2013-2014  Deputy director of the research group "Politics and International Affairs", Mercator Institute for China Studies (Merics), Berlin   
  • 2013  Postdoctoral fellow, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), Department of Comparative Research on Democracies, University of Bonn
  • 2013  Dr. phil. in China Studies, University of Tübingen
  • 2011-2012  Doctoral fellow (grant), Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica (IPSAS), Taipei
  • 2008-2013  Junior lecturer and researcher, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Greater China Studies, University of Tübingen
  • 2007-2008  Greater China assistant to the CEO in a strategy consultancy bureau, Frankfurt
  • 2007  M.A. in Sinology and Political Science (International Relations), University of Tübingen

Cooperation and appointments

  • Member, Junge Akademie - Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since June 2017)
  • Executive Committee Member, European Journal of East Asian Studies (Brill)
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Chinese Governance (Routledge)
  • Permanent Visiting Fellow, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), University of Bonn, joint project
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Environmental & Energy Policy Center, Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)


Academic profiles and social media

Tags: China, Politics, Political regime, Society, Greater China region



Selected articles and book chapters:

  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2019). Political Inclusion in Contemporary China. Journal of Chinese Governance.  ISSN 2381-2346.  4(3), s 201- 206 . doi: 10.1080/23812346.2019.1636604
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa; Heberer, Thomas & Schubert, Gunter (2019). The Critical Role of Local Governance in China’s Political System, In Jianxing Yu & Sujian Guo (ed.),  The Palgrave Handbook of Local Governance in Contemporary China.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-981-13-2799-5.  4.  s 73 - 93
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa & Shen, Yongdong (2019). Blue Sky Fabrication in China: Science-Policy Integration in Air Pollution Regulation Campaigns for Mega-Events. Environmental Science and Policy.  ISSN 1462-9011.  94, s 135- 142 . doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.12.005
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa & Stichweh, Rudolf (2019). The Bipolarity of Democracy and Authoritarianism: Value Patterns, Inclusion Roles and Forms of Internal Differentiation of Political Systems. Sociologia e Antropologia.  ISSN 2238-3875.  9(3), s 819- 846 . doi: 0.1590/2238-38752019v925
  • Sagild, Rebekka Åsnes & Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2019). Des intermédiaires aux fonctions honorifiques ? La Conférence consultative politique du peuple chinois en théorie et en pratique. China Perspectives.  ISSN 1996-4617.  (2), s 9- 17
  • Sagild, Rebekka Åsnes & Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2019). Honorary Intermediaries? The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferences in Theory and Practice. China Perspectives.  ISSN 1996-4617.  (2), s 9- 16
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2018). Introduction: Chinese Governance in the Era of 'Top-Level Design'. Journal of Chinese Governance.  ISSN 2381-2346.  3(3), s 263- 267 . doi: 10.1080/23812346.2018.1487738
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa & Schubert, Gunter (2018). Local Cadre Elites and Policy Implementation in Contemporary China, In Yingjie Guo (ed.),  Local Elites in Post-Mao China.  Taylor & Francis.  ISBN 978-0815361169.  1.  s 17 - 38
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa & Shen, Yongdong (2018). Local Environmental Governance Innovation in China: Staging ‘Triangular Dialogues’ for Industrial Air Pollution Control. Journal of Chinese Governance.  ISSN 2381-2346.  3(3), s 351- 369 . doi: 10.1080/23812346.2018.1486347
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa & Shen, Yongdong (2017). Breathe Easy? Local Nuances of Authoritarian Environmentalism in China's Battle against Air Pollution. The China Quarterly.  ISSN 0305-7410.  234, s 299- 319 . doi: 10.1017/S0305741017001370 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Hansen, Mette Halskov & Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2017). Air Pollution: How Will China Win its Self-Declared War Against it?, In Eva Sternfeld (ed.),  Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China.  Routledge.  ISBN 1138831115.  kapittel. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2016). Whither Local Governance in Contemporary China? Reconfiguration for More Effective Policy Implementation. Journal of Chinese Governance.  ISSN 2381-2346.  1(1), s 55- 77 . doi: 10.1080/23812346.2016.1138700
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2015). Weaving the Chinese Dream on the Ground? Local Government Approaches to “New-Typed” Rural Urbanization. Journal of Chinese Political Science.  ISSN 1080-6954.  20(2), s 121- 142 . doi: 10.1007/s11366-015-9342-6
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa & Schubert, Gunter (2015). Effective Policy Implementation in China's Local State. Modern China.  ISSN 0097-7004.  41(4), s 372- 405 . doi: 10.1177/0097700413519563

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  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2017). "The Bipolarity of Democracy and Authoritarianism: Value Patterns, Inclusion Roles and Forms of Internal Differentiation of Political Systems", FIW Working Paper, no. 9. 2017 (with Rudolf Stichweh). FIW, University of Bonn.  ISBN 978-3-946306-08-5.  31 s.
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2014). Rural Policy Implementation in Contemporary China. New Socialist Countryside. Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-71846-2.  272 s.

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  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2019). Commissioned review of "Sebastian Heilman, Red Swan. How Unorthodox Policy-Making Facilitated China's Rise. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2018". The China Review - An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China.  ISSN 1680-2012.  19(2), s 177- 179
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2018). 让蓝天重新绽放:德国鲁尔区的空气污染与治理, I: Mette Halskov Hansen & Zhaohui Liu (red.),  仰望窗外的天空--中外科学家对话空气环境与治理.  Zhejiang University Press.  ISBN 978-7-308-18125-9.  4.2.  s 133 - 145
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa & Shen, Yongdong (2018). 中国城市大气污染治理的政策与行动, I: Mette Halskov Hansen & Zhaohui Liu (red.),  仰望窗外的天空--中外科学家对话空气环境与治理.  Zhejiang University Press.  ISBN 978-7-308-18125-9.  4.3.  s 146 - 154
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2017, 28. desember). Kina rangerer borgere i nytt overvåkningssystem.  Vårt Land.
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2017, 03. desember). Something’s in the air as environment becomes new battleground for China’s cadres.  South China Morning Post.
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2017). invited book review - "Ma Jun, 'The Economics of Air Pollution in China: Achieving Better and Cleaner Growth', New York: Columbia University Press, 2017". The China Quarterly.  ISSN 0305-7410.  (231), s 814- 815 . doi: /10.1017/S0305741017001138
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2016, 14. november). "Kina kommer til å legge press på Trump", Tor Arne Andreassen.  Aftenposten.
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2016, 26. oktober). What Does Xi Jinping’s Top-Down Leadership Mean for Innovation in China? (med Yu Jianxing). [Internett].  ChinaFile Conversation.
  • Hansen, Mette Halskov & Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2016). Kinas luftforurensning – kimen til sosial og politisk forandring?. Energi og Klima : Norsk klimastiftelses nettmagasin.
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2015). 鲁尔区“变回蓝天”对北京的启示 (Title of English version: "How the Sky over the Ruhr Became Blue Again - Or: A German researcher’s optimism about China’s opportunities to tackle the problem of air pollution"). 小康 Xiaokang (Insight China).  ISSN 1672-4879.  (23)
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2014, 30. september). Beijing strammer grepet.  Dagsavisen.
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2014, 29. september). Hongkong: Proteste der Studenten in China - Im Zeichen des Regenschirms. [Radio].  detektor fm - internet radio.
  • Ahlers, Anna Lisa (2014, 28. oktober). Krever å få møte Kinas statsminister. I et hav av paraplyer ble det i dag servert et nytt krav fra demonstrantene Hongkong: Samtaler med Li Keqiang. [Internett].  NRK.

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Published May 5, 2014 4:08 PM - Last modified Nov. 12, 2019 3:11 PM