Academic Staff

Ph.D. Candidates under Prof. Bersick

Ruhr-Universität Bochum M.A. - Duong Thi Thuy Mai
Junior Researcher Duong Thi Thuy Mai is a PhD candidate under the Confucius China Studies Program (孔子新汉学计划/CCSP), Joint Research PhD Fellowship at the Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany and the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University, China. At SIRPA, she worked as teaching assistant of Prof. Bo Yan in many sessions of the seminars ‘Global Environmental Governance’ and ‘EU-China Relations’. Her research interests include EU-China climate and energy relations, role theory, and global climate governance. Her knowledge about the topic of EU-Asia Connectivity provided her with insightful backgrounds to contribute a working paper to 2020 Strategies for Promoting Europe-Asia Connectivity (SPEAC) Junior Research. Currently, she is writing her PhD thesis entitled “China’s Changing Policies in Global Climate Governance and the Role of the EU”.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum M.A. - Yuqiao Li
Junior Researcher Yuqiao Li is a Master of Arts graduate from Ruhr University Bochum. Since April 2021, he is a doctoral candidate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick at the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr University Bochum. His PhD research focuses on China’s foreign policy towards the European Union. In the framework of national role conception, his dissertation will analyse the role of the European Union in China’s foreign policy. In 2018, he worked for a German consulting firm to serve medical devices manufacturers in the EU-China bilateral trade. Furthermore, from October 2019 to January 2020, he interned at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University in Beijing, China. His internship was based around the Belt and Road Initiative and concentrated on the trilateral relationship between the European Union, Central and Eastern European countries, and China.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum M.A. - Julia Schwerbrock
Julia Schwerbrock (neé Breuer) is a PhD candidate and a scholarship holder within the Doctoral Programme of the Alliance for Research on East Asia Ruhr (AREA Ruhr), Germany. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the Department for International Political Economy of East Asia of Ruhr University Bochum. Furthermore, she gained practical experience at Asienhaus Foundation in Cologne and at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. Julia Schwerbrock holds an M.A. degree in East Asian Politics from Ruhr University Bochum as well as a B.A. degree in Chinese Studies and Sociology from the University of Hamburg.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum M.A. - Daniel Köllner
Dipl. Geogr. Daniel Köllner is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of International Political Economy of East Asia, elaborating his thesis on “International Trade and Sectoral Income Equality in East Asia: Role Theoretical Comparative Analysis of Regional, Interregional and Global Trade Pattern”. After acquiring a Diploma in Geography at the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster, he studied Economy and Politics of East Asia at the Ruhr University Bochum and proceeded to the Master in East Asian Studies, focusing primarily on ASEAN. He completed studies abroad in Taiwan (National Taiwan University) and Chile (Universidad La Serena). His research focus is international trade, regional and interregional integration, socio-economic disparities, ASEAN, Taiwan, China, and East Asia-Latin America relations. Mr. Köllner has worked in several European countries as well as in South America and is currently volunteering in the online education program “International Companions for Learning”, organised by the National Taiwan University and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education.

M.A. - Minjee Kim
Minjee Kim will be a doctoral candidate of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) from October 1st, 2021. Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick at RUB, she will conduct research on “EU-Asia Connectivity: Asian Actorness and Bilateral Relationships”. This research will focus on the causal relationship between the EU’s promotion of region-building and the establishment of Asian actorness, especially with the EU’s bilateral relationships as the intervening variable. Her passion for EU-Asia connectivity is attributed to her previous studies on regional identity and integration in both the EU and East Asia. Regarding these interests, she built practical knowledge from experience working as a personal assistant of Prof. Sung-Hoon Park at Korea University (KU) Graduate School of International Studies, who is the director of the EU Centre at KU.

Former Employees

  • Dr. Ulrike Solmecke
  • Minkyun Park
  • Linda Wittelsbach
  • Lena Marie Hufnagel
  • Julia Breuer
  • Kim Vender
  • Marvin Bergner