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Andreas Fulda

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Andreas Fulda is research active in the fields of EU-China relations as well as philanthropy and civil society in Greater China.

Both research fields are policy arenas in which Dr Fulda is employing participatory deliberative practices. This means that he designs his research initiatives and consultancy projects in such a way that different stakeholders-ranging from academics, civil society practitioners, policy makers to members of the general public-can actively participate in such endeavors and engage in mutual learning.

The need for participatory public policy became apparent to Dr Fulda during the time of his PhD research, which he conducted in China from 2003 until 2007. As a trained social and political scientists he received his PhD from Free University of Berlin in 2009. His PhD supervisor was Professor Eberhard Sandschneider, former Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). In his published PhD thesis he critiqued Germany's foreign and development policy towards China and examined new approaches for civil society assistance.

He wrote his PhD thesis while working in Beijing as a development practitioner. As a consultant he helped design and implement three major capacity building initiatives for Chinese civil society organisations: the Participatory Urban Governance Programme for Migrant Integration (2006-07), the Social Policy Advocacy Coalition for Healthy and Sustainable Communities (2009-11) and the EU-China Civil Society Dialogue Programme (2011-14).

He was also academic advisor to the China Social Sector Pioneer Program (2014-17), a capacity building initiative for pioneering Chinese civil society organisations. The CSSP is funded by the Dubai-based Legatum Foundation and implemented by the Philadelphia-based philanthropic consultancy company Geneva Global.

Dr Fulda was recently awarded a prestigious grant from the Ford Foundation. The research project 'Monitoring the implementation of China's Overseas NGO Law: The view from Europe' will be implemented between 1 October 2017 and 31 December 2018. Research for this project will be carried out by Dr Fulda and his team members Ms Nicola Macbean (The Rights Practice), Dr Patrick Schroeder (Institute of Development Studies) and Dr Horst Fabian (independent researcher and EU-China Civil Society Ambassador).

Dr Fulda's consultancy work over the past fifteen years has led to two additional book publications: a Chinese-language Policy Advocacy Manual on Environment and Health for NPOs (Zhongguo Huanjing Chubanshe, 2013) and the book Civil Society Contributions to Policy Innovation in the PR China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). For both book projects Dr Fulda enlisted twenty-eight leading scholars and civil society practitioners from around the world. Both publications are testament to his highly collaborative working style.

Dr Fulda's papers are published in internationally referred journals such as Critical Asian Studies, International Quarterly for Asian Studies, Political Science and Politics, Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies, Journal of Contemporary China and Journal of Church and State. He has written commentaries and country profiles for German media, e.g. Das Parlament, F.A.Z.-Institut, and IP Journal of the German Council on Foreign Relations and also regularly publishes opinion editorials for international media ranging from the South China Morning Post, The Guardian, The Independent, The Conversation to China Daily. Dr Fulda also frequently appears as a commentator on current Chinese affairs on Al Jazeera (see Newshour appearance on 24 October 2016, as well as Inside story appearance on 15 July 2017,

Dr Fulda also engages in knowledge transfer from academia to the general public. The following examples of his outreach work are exemplary of his contribution to a better informed public discourse about current Chinese affairs.

In January 2017 Dr Fulda started producing a Video Policy Brief series on behalf of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS). Video Policy Briefs are an innovative and distinct form of policy engagement with external stakeholders. Strategically targeted, timely video recordings with appropriate academic experts addressing current affairs are recorded and released directly to the public. The video briefs are recorded vertically and are best viewed in full size on smart phones and tablets. You can access the Video Policy Briefs here and here

Furthermore, Dr Fulda shared key takeaways from the EU-China Civil Society Dialogue Programme in conversation with Dr Elizabeth Economy from the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. You can access the Asia Unbound podcast 'The Future of China's Civil Society' here

Dr Fulda also participated in the ChinaFile conversation 'How are NGOs in China Faring under the New Law?' on 27 September 2017. ChinaFile is an online magazine published by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. You can access the conversation here

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