Elena Meyer-Clement

Elena Meyer-Clement


Primære forskningsområder

My research focuses on China's authoritarian governance, particularly on intergovernmental relations in the Chinese party-state, and state-society relations.

Main research topics include:

  • Local and grassroots governance
  • Urbanization, migration, rural development, and land politics 
  • Political economy of culture, propaganda, and censorship

I am steering group member of the Asian Dynamics Initiative at the University of Copenhagen, and editor-in-chief of The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies.

Aktuel forskning

In the project "Steering urban-rural integration: Administrative reconficguration for a unified citizenship" (2018-2023) (co-led with René Trappel, Freiburg, funded by the German Research Foundation), I investigate the transformation of rural China through urbanization and housing (and resettlement) politics in semi-urban areas. Main focus lies on the consequences of these politics for state-society relations and grassroots politics. Fieldwork for this project was conducted mainly in Gansu and Zhejiang Provinces.  

In the project "Social Worlds: China's cities as spaces of worldmaking"(since November 2020) (co-led with Björn Alpermann, Würzburg), I look more closely at the evolving social relations in China's new urban spaces, and I take a comparative perspective on China's urbanization and its interconnectedness with global capitalist developments.

Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

My courses use social science theories and methods to discuss various aspects of China's political system, governance, political economy, and social change. I regularly teach the BA course "Politics/The political economy of contemporary China" (KU and CBS), as well as China-related courses on the MA "Asian Studies". 

I supervise BA and MA projects on various aspects of Chinese politics and society. Please contact me directly to discuss your project ideas.  

PhD projects

Eva Seiwert: "The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and China’s strategy of shaping international norms" (Freie Universität Berlin, Political Science, January 2021) (current position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

Maja Korbecka: "China's art cinema at film festivals" (Freie Universität Berlin, China Studies, ongoing)

Antonie Angerer: "Mediating urban futures: media production within the early urbanization process of Xiongan New Area" (Freie Universität Berlin, China Studies, ongoing)

Udvalgte publikationer

  1. Udgivet

    Party Hegemony and Entrepreneurial Power in China: Institutional change in the film and music industries

    Meyer-Clement, Elena, sep. 2015, Routledge.

    Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportBogfagfællebedømt

  2. Udgivet

    China’s rural urbanization and the state: Putting the countryside first?

    Meyer-Clement, Elena & Zeuthen, J. W., 3 jun. 2020, I: China Information. 34, 2

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskning

  3. Rural urbanization under Xi Jinping: From rapid community building to steady urbanization?

    Meyer-Clement, Elena, 2020, I: China Information. 34, 2, s. 187-207 21 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

  4. Udgivet

    Familie – Leben – Pandemie. Worte und Welten chinesischer Wanderarbeiterinnen: Ein Projekt von Jing Y.

    Meyer-Clement, Elena (red.), Angerer, A. (red.), Flock, R. (red.) & Malzer, M. (red.), 2023, Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

    Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportBog

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