Research profile, ongoing projects & publications
Sustainable Finance in comparative persepctive
This project has been developed in the context of the FU Berlin Spring Campus Conference 2020. It analyses the role of different stakeholders (political initiatives, regulatory authorities, banks, asset managers, certification and consulting firms, nonprofits and initiatives of retail investors), analyses their exposure, involvement in global initiatives (PRI, GRI, CDP) and aims to explain their growing engagement with sustainability issues? The project will also keep track of policy-making and new regulatory changes and looks at the contributions of different stakeholders to advance the sustainable finance agenda in different countries.
Kuhn, Berthold 2020. Sustainable finance in Germany: mapping discourses, stakeholders, and policy initiatives, Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 26 June 2020
KEYWORDS Sustainable finance; responsible investment; ESG; policy initiatives; NGOs
Sustainable finance for culture
This project has been developed in cooperation with the Dialogue of Civilisations (DOC) Research Institute and the French advisory firm Respethica.
It analyses sustainability strategies, communication products, and practices of stakeholders in the financial sector. The initiative was launched at UNESCO in Paris in July 2019 and pays attention at investment strategies that focus on the promotion of culture and arts. A first report was produced in May 2020.
Climate policies in comparative perspective
This project is an ongoing research and teaching project that compares climate policies in different countries and regions with a focus on G 20 countries. It analyses index projects, e.g. the Climate Change Performance Index (German Watch et al.), that aim to compare the performance of countries in climate mitigation and also looks at various policy initiatives and practices in cities in different parts of the world.
Comparing climate adaptation policies in Berlin and Xiamen
Focus on the Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Programme 2030 and the Xiamen Sponge City Programme, mit Prof. (Ms.) Zhou Qian, Xiamen University, ongoing
Book Publication 2017
Sustainable Development and Climate Policies in China, LAP Publishers, ISBN: 978-3-330-05869-9
With the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA in November 2016, the promotion of the sustainable development agenda faces new challenges. China has already taken several opportunities to reaffirm its continued support for global agreements on sustainable development and climate change. This compilation of six research notes written by Berthold Kuhn (one co-authored by Zhang Yangyong) sheds light on the potentials and limitations for promoting sustainable development and climate protection in China. Against the backdrop of a strong government and tightened political supervision in many policy areas, the “green development agenda” stands out in providing opportunities for the business community, think tanks and universities as well as nonprofit organisations to implement projects and gradually influence policies in favour of more sustainable economic development in China
Berlin, Dec. 2016
The E-book version of my book "Development Politics between Market and State" (based on my post-doc research 1999-2004) is now online available (FU Berlin e-docs), open access. Campus Publishing House returned the rights to me after 10 years .
Please note that the book is written in German. The Chinese translation is available with Renmin Publishers (2009), still for sale. You find an English summary in the German version on page 372.
Kuhn, Berthold M. Entwicklungspolitik zwischen Markt und Staat. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen; Frankfurt a.M., New York (2005), Peking (2009), Berlin (2015)
Papers based on my research on collaborative governance and sustainable development discourses in China in spring/summer 2016 (UAS supported, research stay at Peking University)
The global sustainable development agenda of the United Nations stresses governance and partnerships involving public and private actors as key elements for achieving the sustainable development goals. This paper relates the analysis of the P.R. China’s growing engagement for sustainable development to the concept of collaborative governance. Based on the analysis of literature, policy documents, participation in conferences as well as interviews with experts, it proposes five factors to explain the promising developments of collaborative governance for sustainable development in China: political leadership, discourses, in-country expertise, institutional density and international cooperation. Against the backdrop of a strong government and tightened political supervision in many policy areas under the Xi Jinping administration, Chinese academics as well as practitioners largely agree that the “green development agenda” stands out in providing opportunities for the business community, think tanks and Universities as well as nonprofit organisations to implement projects and gradually influence policies and practices related to the promotion of sustainable development
Recent contributions to books and encyclopedias
2015: Policies, Collaboration and Partnerships for Climate Protection in China, in: Jing,Yijia (ed.): The Road to Collaborative Governance in China, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 71-94: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/The-Road-to-Collaborative-Governance-in-China/?K=9781137525192
2015: Im Spannungsfeld zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis, Dilemmata der Entwicklungspolitik (Dilemmata in Development Cooperation), edited by Netzwerk entwicklungspolitischer Fachleute (Network of Development Cooperation Advisors), Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2015, ISBN 978-3-8382-0768-1, pp. 67-76
2015: „Demokratieindizes“, „Bertelsmann Transformation Index“, „Freedom House Index“ (three entries), Methoden-Lexikon für die Sozialwissenschaften (edited by Rainer Diaz-Bone and Christoph Weischer, ISBN: 978-3-531-16629-2, Print, and 978-3-531-18889-8 Online, http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-531-18889-8, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden.
Recent papers published in academic journals
2016 Sustainable Development in China, in: Journal of
Sustainable Development 12/2016.
2016 EU China-Cooperation on Human Rights, in:
Friends of Europe, 11/2016
2016: Collaborative Governance for Sustainable
Development in China, in: Open Journal of Political
2015 “Climate Protection and Civil Society Organisations in
the P.R. China”, in BBE Europe News 11/2015 –
Newsletter for Engagement and Participation in
2014 “Climate Protection Governance and Participation in the People’s Republic of China, in ASIEN, The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, Nr. 133, October 2014, pp. 52-71, http://asien.asienforschung.de/asien-133-oktober-2014/
2014 “Against all Odds. Chinas weltpolitischer Aufstieg aus dem Blickwinkel der westlichen Politikwissenschaft,“ (China’s Rise in World Politics from a Political Science Perspective); WeltTrends, Zeitschrift für internationale Politik, Spezial 13, 2014, http://welttrends.de/spezial-13/
2014: “Capacity Building on Non-Governmental Organisations in China”, with Yangyong Zhang (co-author): http://www.istr.org/ general/custom.asp?page=WP_Muenster (International Society for Third Sector Research, Weltkonferenz, Münster, July 2014, www.istr.org)
2014: “Survey of Experts on Climate Change Awareness and Public Participation in China.” with Yangyong Zhang (co-author), Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 1/2014, pp. 177-212; http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/
Chinas weltpolitischer Aufstieg aus dem Blickwinkel der westlichen Politikwissenschaft, WeltTrends Spezial 13, 2014
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