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Björn Conrad is the Vice President of MERICS. He coordinates the institute’s research agenda and its outreach to political and economic decision-makers. His own expertise is in the areas of economic innovation and environmental policy.
He previously served as Climate Change and Environment Officer at the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), managing numerous environmental projects in China and its neighbouring countries. Prior to that, he worked for the Global Environment Facility at the World Bank in Washington, DC. In 2008 he initiated the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute’s China Programme. In 2014, Conrad was appointed member of the expert committee tasked with drafting a China Strategy for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
After completing his studies in Sinology, Political Science and Economics in Germany and China, Conrad received a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, specialising in environmental policy and economics.
Made in China 2025: The making of a high-tech superpower and consequences for industrial countries, MERICS Papers on China No 2, December 2016. (with Jost Wübbeke, Mirjam Meissner, Max J. Zenglein, Jaqueline Ives)
China’s climate promises under economic pressure - Scenarios and implications, MERICS China Policy Brief, November 2015. (with Jost Wübbeke)
‘Industrie 4.0’: Will German Technology Help China Catch Up with the West?, MERICS China Monitor No. 23, 14 April 2015. (with Jost Wübbeke)
Chinesischer Größenwahn und europäischer Kleinmut, MERICS China Comment, 30 March 2015. (with Sebastian Heilmann)
Greening the Chinese Economy: Balancing Sustainable Growth and Environmental Protection, in: The Hamburg Summit: China Meets Europe 2014 Conference Booklet, October 2014.
Chinas Umwelttechnologiemärkte, Fact Sheets, February 2014.
Wege zur Innovation, in: IP-Länderportrait China 2/2015, pp. 24-28. (with mit Mirjam Meissner)
Building a line of defense against climate change – From reactive coping to adaptive capacity in China, in: World Bank/IFC Smart Lessons series, 2012. (with Li, Qun)
China in Copenhagen – Reconciling the 'Beijing Climate Revolution' and the 'Copenhagen Obstinacy', in: The China Quarterly, 210, June 2012, pp. 435-455, 2012.
China's evolving role in Africa's renewable energy sector, WWF (USA) Report, 2011.
Catching a second wind - New opportunities for international cooperation in China's wind energy sector, GPPi Policy Paper No. 13, 2011. (with Meissner, Mirjam)
Bureaucratic land rush - China’s administrative battles in the arena of climate change, in: Harvard Asia Quarterly, Spring Edition, 2010.
Global climate finance: catalysing the transition towards Climate-Smart Agriculture, in: Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook, FAO, July 2013, pp. 393-405, 2013.
Beyond a Global Deal – A UN+ approach to climate governance, Report of the Working Group on Climate Governance, Global Governance 2020 Program, 2011.
China's Potential Role in Humanitarian Assistance, GPPi Policy Paper No. 5, 2009. (with Andrea Binder)
Why the China summit didn't happen and why it matters, in: EU Observer, 4 December 2008. (with Stephan Mergenthaler)
From Liu to Liu – China’s rise from a different perspective, in: Fan Hong, ed.: China Gold, Berkshire Publishing, 2008.
The Chinese Communist Party in the Light of the Olympic Flame, in: Bochum Yearbook of East Asia Studies, Department of East Asia Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2008.
Im Schein des Olympischen Feuers, in: Internationale Politik, March 2008, pp. 94-99.
Gewichtsverschiebung in Europa, Interview with Deutschlandfunk, 29 October 2015.
Sinkendes Wachstum und Nationales Sicherheitsgesetz: Schwierige Zeiten für deutsche Unternehmen in China, Interview with n-tv, 15 July 2015.
Gefährliche Beziehungen, in: Handelsblatt, 19 March 2015.
Nur mit langem Atem, in: Handelsblatt, 7 October 2014.
Die zwei Seiten von Innovation, in: Zeit Online, 7 July 2014.
Merkel's 7th trip to China since taking office in 2005, Inverview with CCTV, 7 July 2014.
Leaders of China and Germany have made frequent visits, Interview with CCTV, 6 July 2014.
Politiker als Türöffner für China-Geschäfte, Interview with SWR2, 22 April 2014.
Europe’s China Angst, in: International Herald Tribune, 3 December 2009. (with Stephan Mergenthaler)
The world's rising green power? Europe must help Beijing's low-carbon revolution succeed, in: European Voice, 26 November 2009.
Klimaschutz: Chinas heimliche Revolution, in: Handelsblatt, 18 November 2009.