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A portrait of Kristin Shi-Kupfer.
Director of the Research Area on Public Policy and Society

Kristin Shi-Kupfer heads MERICS’ research on politics, society and the media. She is an expert on China’s digital politics, ideology, media policy, civil society and human rights.

She previously worked as a research associate at the University of Freiburg’s Institute for Sinology. She earned her PhD from Ruhr University Bochum with a thesis on spiritual and religious groups in China after 1978. From 2007 to 2011 she was the China correspondent for the Austrian news magazine Profil, the German Protestant Press Agency epd, and Südwest Presse in Beijing. She also worked as a freelance contributor for other media like ZEIT Online, tageszeitung (taz), and Deutsche Welle in China. 

In May 2017, Shi-Kupfer was appointed member of the expert committee of the German-Chinese platform on innovation under the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Since May 2018 she regularly contributes to the op-ed section of the German Manager Magazin (online issue).

in: Deutsch-Chinesische Plattform Innovation, Policy Briefs 2017 der deutschen Expertengruppe, January 3, 2018.

in: bpb, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2017.

in: bpb, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2017.

in: Chinese futures: Horizon 2025, ISS Report No. 35, July 2017, pp. 19-25.

in: The Diplomat, 04/03/2017.

 in: China im 21. Jahrhundert, Zeitbild Wissen, May 2015.

in: IP-Länderportrait China 2/2015, pp. 32-35.

Chapter "Terror in Xinjiang", in: Internationale Politik, January/February 2015.

in: Fischer, Doris/ Müller-Hofstede, Christoph (ed.). Länderbericht China, Schriftenreihe Band 1501, Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 2014, pp. 327-354.

in: Schlehe, Judith/ Sandkühler, Evamaria (eds.). Religion, Tradition, and the Popular. Transcultural Views from Asia and Europe, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 115-138, 2014.