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 consultant to the European Commission, United Nations organisations, German development cooperation, think tanks, consulting firms and nonprofit organisations. He has been invited to speek at many international conferences and workshops in Europe, US, China and Africa.
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, China in the global context, state-market-civil society cooperation, climate protection policies and governance, civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGO), human rights (civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural rights), participation issues, capacity development, project management, monitoring and evaluation.
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.
Berthold is married with Miao and father of three children (Kai, Meilin, Selina).
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policy analysis and advisory 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