Tobias is a Doctoral Researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations. His thesis seeks to take the recent Chinese government's push for national football development - The Chinese Football Dream - as a case to explain state-business relationships in Chinese policy making.
Tobias is a regular speaker at public events (e.g. Confucius Institute, university talks, China centre) on China's recent football developments as well as professional freelancer for int. marketing projects specialised on China. He regularly publishes for Sixth Tone and other China online magazines.
Tobias used to serve as an Editorial Assistant for China-related content to the university's Asia Dialogue online magazine.
Before starting his PhD, Tobias was employed with the German football Bundesliga as a manager in international marketing, working on projects related to China's football industry. He continues to work as freelancer in this field.
Tobias completed a MA in Development Studies at Beijing Normal University, China. He completed his BA in Chinese and Business at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Germany.
His MA as well as third year of his BA was fully funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His empirical fieldwork for his PhD project was funded by the Confucius Institute / Hanban China and Universities' China Committee London (UCCL), but had to be canceled due to Covid-19.
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Chinese Political Economy
Chinese Football Dream
Tobias' research project seeks to take China's recent push for football development - The Chinese Football Dream - as a case to explain state-business relations in Chinese policy making. With the… read more
Tobias' research project seeks to take China's recent push for football development - The Chinese Football Dream - as a case to explain state-business relations in Chinese policy making. With the help from empirical data gathered from over 60 semi-structured interviews with representatives from the wider Chinese football industry (investors, club officials, sport governing bodies, media), this project is taking a specific policy as a case to contribute to the existing literature on state-business relationships (especially 'Corporate Political Strategies') in China and other politicized transitional economies. With drawing on 'Resource Dependence Theory' as theoretical framework, it gives nuanced evidence for a symbiotic (while asymmetric dependent) relationship between local governments and economic actors with varying outcomes in a 'state-capitalist' political economy.
Tobias' research supervisors are Jonathan Sullivan and Hongyi Lai.