Siv Helland Oftedal

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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 P. A. Munchs hus 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

Chinese politics

The Chinese Communist Party

Chinese political language and policy concepts

Central-local relations in the Chinese political system


Ongoing Projects

Siv joined the BROKEX team in January 2021. She is working on the project “Moving up the value chain: Intermediation in industrial upgrading in the Pearl River Delta”, funded by the Research Council of Norway. Her research focuses on changes in the central-local relations in the Chinese political system since 2012 and their implications for the development of the Pearl River Delta in South China. She holds a PhD in Chinese Politics from King’s College London and a MSc in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford. She has spent several years in China both as a student and researcher, as well as a project coordinator for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South China.



PhD Chinese Politics, King's College London

MSc Modern Chinese Studies, University of Oxford

BA Chinese, University of Oslo

MPhil Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Tromsø

BA History, University of Bergen

Tags: China, Politics, central-local relations, the Chinese Communist Party, South China, Pearl River Delta, Greater Bay Area


  • Oftedal, Siv Helland (2021). Public Webinar: Shenzhen as a New Global Development Model? [Internet]. Live-sending;
  • Oftedal, Siv Helland (2021). Public webinar: China's Economy: Challenges Created by the Reform Era. [Internet]. Live-sending;
  • Oftedal, Siv Helland (2021). Interpreting Contemporary Chinese Politics from a Practice Perspective: Reconsidering Xi Jinping's Break with the Past.
  • Oftedal, Siv Helland (2021). ‘Centralised and Unified Leadership’ under Xi Jinping: Implications for the International Role of the Pearl River Delta.
  • Oftedal, Siv Helland (2021). 'Centralised and Unified Leadership' under Xi Jinping: Recentralisation in the Chinese Communist Party and Implications for South China .

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Published Jan. 19, 2021 12:17 PM - Last modified July 1, 2022 8:32 AM