Dr. Berthold Kuhn Research and Consulting
Dr. Berthold Kuhn                                                 Research and Consulting  

Research

 

Research profile, ongoing projects & publications

My research focuses on

(1) Global megatrends and international cooperation. The role of think tanks and nonprofits in shaping agendas for change.

(2) climate action and sustainable development policies in comparative perspective

(3) green and sustainable finance in comparative perspective/landscapes of sustainable finance

Kuhn, Berthold (forthcoming in spring 2022): Global megatrends and international cooperation, Hannover, New York City: Ibidem & Columbia University Press 

 

Based on my own research and interviews with think tanks, experts and activists of different age and background, I discuss major technological, social and economic changes that will affect humanity in the next 10 to 15 years. Digitalisation, climate change and sustainability transformations, inequality, demography and ageing societies, health and food, green economy, urbanisation and smart cities, gender shift, individualisation and new identity politics, multi-polar world order, new forms of democracy, and migration are among the major trends that will shape political and academic debates, new business models and flows of investments, civil society action and media coverage in the next decades. 

Climate policies in international 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) and also looks at various policy initiatives and good practices in big 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 

 

Sustainable Finance in international comparative perspective

 

This project has been developed in the context of the Sustainable Finance workshop which I co-hosted at the conference of the University Alliance for Sustainability Conference in 2020. It analyses the role of political initiatives, regulatory authorities, banks, asset managers, certification and consulting firms, nonprofits and initiatives of retail investors) in promoting sustainable and green finance.  A first publication has come out on Sustainable Finance in Germany, published in the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment in June 2020. I have also provided advisory services to consulting firms and German International Cooperation on the topic.

Kuhn, Berthold 2020. Sustainable finance in Germany: mapping discourses, stakeholders, and policy initiatives, Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 26 June 2020

https://doi.org/10.1080/20430795.2020.1783151

 

KEYWORDS Sustainable finance; responsible investment; ESG; policy initiatives; NGOs

 

Previous research projects (Ph.D. & post-doc research)

https://www.academia.edu/video/1dNx0k

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)

 

http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/receive/FUDISS_thesis_000000103796

 

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)

Sustainable Development Discourses in China
Journal of Sustainable Development; Vol. 9, No. 6; 2016

Abstract
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015. The term sustainable development will further shape international cooperation in the next decade and beyond. It is also frequently used in China’s policy documents and connects well to a set of home-grown Chinese discourses, in particular the term of ecological civilisation and the chapter on green development in the 13th Five Year Plan (FYP) approved in March 2016. This paper discusses Chinese discourses related to the promotion of sustainable development on the basis of interviews with experts – academics as well as practitioners. The hybrid character of the concept of sustainable development has been conducive t
KuhnB JSD Sustainable Development Discou[...]
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Kuhn, Berthold (2016), Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development in China, Open Journal of Political Science, 6, 433-453.
http://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=71579
Kuhn OJPS Oct 2016.pdf
PDF-Dokument [370.7 KB]

Abstract

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

 

 

 

Report Research Stay at Peking University 2016
Kuhn_Report_PKU_2016.pdf
PDF-Dokument [226.6 KB]

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 

           Sciences, 10/2016

 

2015    “Climate Protection and Civil Society Organisations in

             the P.R. China”, in BBE Europe News 11/2015 –   

             Newsletter  for Engagement and Participation in   

             Europe.

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/

 

Survey of Experts on Climate Change Awareness and Public Participation in China
Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 1/2014: 177-212, with ZHANG Yangyong, peer reviewed: www.CurrentChineseAffairs.org
Kuhn-ClimateChange_A5.pdf
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Chinas weltpolitischer Aufstieg aus dem Blickwinkel der westlichen Politikwissenschaft, WeltTrends Spezial 13, 2014

http://welttrends.de/spezial-13/
Climate Change Awareness, Role of NGOs and Citizens' Participation in the P.R. China.
UNEP-Tongji University Shanghai Conference ppt June 8, 2013
KUHN Berthold, ZHANG,Yangyong, CHEN Keru, JIA Xibei
KUHN ZHANG TONGJI June 2013.pdf
PDF-Dokument [2.1 MB]
State-Market-Civil Society Collaboration in Promoting Low Carbon Policies and Lifestyles in China
Collaboration Among Government, Market, and Society: Forging Partnerships and Encouraging Competition. Conference by Fudan University, APPAM, May 25-27, 2013 in Shanghai
KuhnB ppt 3.0 short.pdf
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News

Research and  teaching project on "Global megatrends and international cooperation", FU Berlin, summer 2020 to winter 2021

 

Lead evaluator of the NDC Assist project, commissioned by BMZ, implemented by GIZ and stakeholders in Asia, Africa, in the Carribbean and Pacific region, Nov. 2020 to July 2021

 

Evaluator of the European Commission supported project on Civil society support to the African Governance Architecture, Jan-May 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

https://doc-research.org/

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

 

 


 

 

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