Chinese Studies

Sascha Zhivkov, M.A.

Research Assistant, Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen

Academic Career

  • Since 2016 Research Assistant at the Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tuebingen
  • 2015 M.A. East Asian Politics and Societies, University of Tuebingen
  • 2011 B.A. Chinese Studies / Political Science, University of Tuebingen (semester abroad at Peking University)

Research Focus
Sascha Zhivkovs research interest is in China's political economy, history politics, foreign relations as well as regional integration in East Asia. In his Masters thesis, he analyzed the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands conflict between the People’s Republic China and Japan, focusing on mobilization strategies within Chinese nationalist activist groups through historical myths. For his PhD project, he investigates the implementation of economic reform policy at the example of Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone under the conditions of 'top-level design' in the Xi Jinping administration. Fieldwork involved interviews with local cadres and Taiwanese investors specifically targeted by the zone.


Major Publications
Hefele, Peter / Merkle, David / Zhivkov, Sascha (2015): "Taking Confucius to Africa. How Foreign Cultural Policy Conveys China's Coice and Perspective to the World"; in: KAS Auslandsinformationen 5/2015, 58-75.
Zhivkov, Sascha (2015): Myths and Mobilization Matter: Increasing Agency of Chinese Activist Groups in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Conflict, GCS Master Thesis Collection.

Other Activities
As a PhD candidate, Sascha Zhivkov is a Resident Fellow at the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan, takes care of the center’s various guests and (co-)organizes larger events such as the annual Young Scholars Workshop. As a student he held a scholarship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. Between 2008 and 2014, he voiced student interests representing the student association.