- Kim Vender
- Research Interests
- Climate Change Policy, Chinese Foreign Policy, Role Theory, Global leadership, Ecosystems-based adaptation and mitigation, International Responsibility of Emerging Powers, Blue Carbon, Development Cooperation
Preliminary PhD Title
Bound to lead? China's role in climate change governance between perception, conception, and reality
M.A. (Hons) Politics of East Asia, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
B.A. Sinology/China Studies, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Brod, M.C.M.; Miß, F.; Vender, K. (2019) 'How Development Cooperation can impact Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration - Examples from German support for the Greater Tumen Initiative'. In: Regional Cooperation and Economic Integration in Asia. Bonn, Eschborn: GIZ (publ.), pp. 147-165.
Brod, M.C.M.; Vender, K. (2019) GTI Policy Brief 1: Special Economic Zones in the Greater Tumen Region: how to tap their full potential. Beijing: Greater Tumen Initiative.
Vender, K. (2017) 'China’s Role Conception and Foreign Policy Role in Economic Integration Processes in the Asia-Pacific'. Mapping China Journal. No. 1, 27-51.
Bergner, M.; Breuer (now Schwerbrock), J.; Vender, K. (2015) A Eurasian Approach to Food Security Governance: The potential role of the New Silk Road Initiative. Project paper presented at the Youth Innovation Competition for Global Governance (YICGG), 18-20 August 2015, Milan, Italy.
Relevant Work Experience
10/2020 - 01/2021 Assignement marking on the course "International Relations of the Asia Pacific" at The University of Edinburgh, UK
09/2018 - 05/2019 Tutor on the courses "International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond" and "Comparative Politics in a Globalised World" at The University of Edinburgh, UK
05/2018 - 07/2018 Research Assistant for Dr Kristen Hopewell, then Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, The University of Edinburgh, UK
03/2017 - 08/2017 Programme Assistant at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the programme "Support for Economic Cooperation in Sub-Regional Initiatives in Asia“, Beijing, PR China
05/2015 - 02/2016 Student Research Assistant at the Department for International Political Economy of East Asia, Prof. Sebastian Bersick, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
08/2014 - 10/2014 Research Assistant at the Centre for China-EU Relations, School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University, Shanghai, PR China
Particpation in Conferences and Workshops
PhD workshop "Sustainable Development Research – an Interdisciplinary Chance or Challenge?", 12-19 Nov 2020, organised by the Free University of Berlin as part of the University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS)
Global Development Policy and Perspective Professional Development Course, 20-31 July 2020, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development (CRPD)
Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEASC), 4-6 September 2019, The University of Edinburgh. Paper title: "Understanding change in China’s international climate change policy: vertical and horizontal role contestation and foreign policy making in China"
Foreign Policy Research Network Conference: Foreign Policy in a Globalising World: Accounting for Change, 17 May 2019, The University of Edinburgh
PSA 69th Annual International Conference, 15-17 April 2019, Nottingham, UK.
Paper title: "A Changing Role in a Changing Climate: China as a Global Climate Leader?"
BISA PG and ECR Conference, 9-10 April 2019, University of Portsmouth, UK. Paper title: "The past, present and future of China’s role in climate change mitigation: a role theoretical examination of foreign policy change"
Awards and Scholarships
PhD Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (09/2017-08/2018)
Award for best M.A. thesis in the Department of Politics of East Asia, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany (2017)
German (native speaker)
Since fall 2018 I am co-convening the student-led Foreign Policy Analysis Research Group at The University of Edinburgh's Politics and International Relations department.
In the summer months of 2018, I conducted a comparative study of urban climate adaptation measures and knowledge exchange between the cities of Edinburgh and Copenhagen. The report is available at the living lab projects database of Edinburgh University's Social Responsibility and Sustainability department.