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Sebastian Heilmann

Sebastian Heilmann


Sebastian Heilmann is the founding president of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin and professor for the political economy of China at the University of Trier, Germany. He also conducted research at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center, the University of Oxford China Centre, and the Harvard-Yenching Institute. His research focus is on China’s political system and political economy.

From 2010 to 2013, Heilmann was the principal investigator of a project group funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research examining the industrial and technology policies of the People’s Republic of China. In 2014, he was appointed as one of 15 German representatives to the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum, which fosters non-governmental exchanges and bilateral confidence-building. Heilmann has many years of experience providing policy advice to the German government, state governments and political foundations.




  • Stiftung Mercator