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A portrait of Sebastian Heilmann.
Founding president MERICS

Sebastian Heilmann is the founding president of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). He stood at the helm of the institute for five years. During this period, MERICS has established itself as a leading voice for research and policy advice on contemporary China. In 2018, he returned to the University of Trier as professor for the political economy of China.

Heilmann has published extensively on China’s political system, economic policy making and international relations. He has extensive experience providing advice to the German federal government and EU institutions. He regularly serves as a commentator for German and international media.

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Papers on China
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Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 01/2018.

Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 01/2017.

in: China Economic Quarterly, 20 (4), December 2016, pp. 15-22.

in: The Security Times, 12 February 2016. 

3. aktualisierte und überarbeitete Ausgabe, Heidelberg: Springer VS, 01/2016.

in: Berlin Policy Journal, November 2015.

in: New Type of Great Power Relations - Opportunities and Challenges, Peking University Press, 2015.

Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

in: The China Quarterly, Vol. 216, December 2013, pp. 896-919. (with Andreas Hofem)

in: Modern China, 39 (6), November 2013, pp. 580-628. (with Oliver Melton)

in: Harvard-Yenching Institute Working Paper Series, No. 1, January 2013. 

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2011. (with Elizabeth J. Perry)

in: Studies in Comparative International Development (SCID), 43 (1), March 2008, pp. 1-26.

in: China Analysis No. 29, January 2004. (with Nicole Schulte-Kulkmann)