WG 4: Public diplomacy and knowledge production​

Chinese public diplomacy has been very much in the focus for the past decade, and the latest Covid crisis has just added relevance to the topic. The working group is looking into the broad spectrum of public diplomacy, starting from Chinese theories of international relations and their promotion (and international reception), through the more “classical” means of cultural diplomacy, to new strategies of the Chinese media abroad (increased media presence, new discursive frameworks, social media activities, media ethics).

The working group also wishes to cover the area of knowledge production, as China is investing greatly into education and research infrastructures abroad, while at the same time research cooperations have become increasingly difficult. A Chinese domestic system for academic evaluation running parallel with extensive Chinese higher education export are phenomena we in the EU need to see and react to. All these topics will be viewed in the current context of US-China rivalry and the expected aftermath of the Covid crisis.

Photo by courtesy of Carsten Fleck

Coordinator:  Dr. Agota Revesz

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences


Ágota Révész is a sinologist with multiple years of experience in academia and diplomacy. Fluent in English, German, Chinese and Hungarian, she now conducts research on EU-China narratives, while also working on research security between Germany and China, as well as raising China competence among non-sinologists. Her teaching focuses on EU-China relations and intercultural competence with a focus on China.


Co-leader: Magnus Feldmann

University of Bristol

Magnus Feldmann is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He holds a PhD from Harvard University. His research and publications focus on political economy and post-communist politics, including capitalist diversity, economic globalization and power. His articles have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Government and Opposition, Communist and Post-Communist Studies and various other journals and edited volumes.

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