Dr. Berthold Kuhn is a political scientist and international cooperation adviser on policies and governance for sustainable development. He works as an adjunct professor (Privatdozent) at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (OSI), Freie Universität Berlin and as a senior consultant to the European Commission, United Nations organisations, German development cooperation, think tanks, consulting firms and nonprofit organisations. He has been invited to speak at international conferences and workshops in many parts of the world. His publications on megatrends and future research, sustainable development, climate policies and civil society in international comparative perspective are widely referenced.
He is the co-author of "Global perspectives on megatrends" (Ibidem, Columbia Univ. Press, 2022 https://issuu.com/ibidempress/docs/1563)
Dr. Berthold Kuhn was a professor at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University (2 years) and School of Public Affairs and School of Public Policy, Xiamen University (2 years) and a GIZ-CIM and Rhineland-Palatinate cooperation expert in China. He has made substantial contributions to the promotion of international cooperation and strategic partnerships between leading German and Chinese Universities. His publications and reports deal with international cooperation in theory and practice, with sustainable development and climate policies in comparative perspective, with sustainable finance, and with global megatrends.
His teaching experience covers Master and Bachelor level courses and executive training courses for diplomats, government officials and project managers in English and German on a wide range of political science/political sociology topics, with a focus on Sustainability Discourses, Policies and Implementation Strategies. He won the Central Teaching Award of Freie Universität Berlin in 2019 for a course on Climate Policies of Global Cities in Comparative Perspective.
Berthold has worked and travelled in more than 70 countries, mainly in Europe, Asia and Africa, and is fluent in German, English and French and able to communicate in Chinese. He lived for several years in China and India.
Berthold is married with Miao and father of three children (Kai, Meilin, Selina).
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Events with Berthold Kuhn as speaker/panelist:
European Academy MV
Fr, Dec. 09- Sat, Dec. 10
Chinas Entwicklungspolitik in Afrika
contact: Eva Wilk
European Academy MV
Megatrends and Future Research (auf Deutsch)
Tue, Nov. 15, 2022.
contact: Eva Wilk
Berlin Science Week (BSW)
Megatrends and Future Research (in English)
Sat, Nov. 05, 2022,
CAMPUS, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin,
Freie Universität Berlin
Round Table on Digitalization and other Megatrends, Nov. 3; 16:00 to 17:45 (online)
Global Perspectives on Megatrends
Our new book is out, published by
Ibidem & Columbia University Press on May 17, 2022, see Megatrends Book 2022
"Global Perspectives on Sustainability Transitions", hybrid course (online & on campus sessions) taught at FU Berlin/UC Madrid in cooperation with Prof. Asun Lopez, Summer 2022"
International Organisations and Global Governance", online course taught at Zhejiang University, HangZhou, China in my capacity as Visiting Professor., Spring 2022
"The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", Course taught at Political Science Department, FU Berlin, autumn/winter 2021/2022
Team Leader of the evaluation of the project Sino-German Center for Sustainable Development, implemented by GIZ and partners, March 2021 to Jan. 2022
Team Leader of the evaluation of the NDC Assist Project, implemented by GIZ and partners, Dec. 2020 to August 2021.
Evaluator of the European Commission supported project on Civil society support to the African Governance Architecture, Jan. - July 2021
Berlin Science Week (BSW) 2020. Lecture & Discussion "An International Perspective on Climate Policies", in cooperation with Germanwatch, Fr, Nov. 6, 14 to 16 hours, see BSW 2020 website
International Conference of the University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS), Co-Chair of the workshop on Financial Markets in Times of Climate Change, Oct. 20, 2020 see FU Berlin/UAS website
Policy analysis and consulting services for GIZ advisory project on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2020/ongoing)
Publication in the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, June 26, 2020 (see Research)
Teaching a course on Climate Policies in Comparative Perspective (focus on the role of cities) at FU Berlin (winner of teaching award for course concept) spring/summer 2020.
Berlin Science Week November 6, 2019
Lecture on Climate Policies in Comparative Perspective
Speaker at International Forum on Ecological Civilisation, Jinan. China, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2019
URBANIXX Conference, Future City, Future Village
Hsinchu City, Taiwan,
Oct. 21-25, 2019
DOC Rhodes Forum 2019, Oct. 11/12, Rhodes, Greece
Session: Sustainable Finance for Culture
Presentation on Climate Policies at City Level at Humboldt University's KOSMOS Conference on Navigating the Sustainability Transformation, August 28-30, 2019
New projects on "Sustainable Finance" (FUB UAS) and "Sustainable Finance for Culture" ( DOC)
Annual Meeting of German Council for Sustainable Development in Berlin (June 4, 2019)
Evaluation of Program "Religion and State in the Middle East "
implemented by CAFCAW, DIYAR, Bethlehem