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Julia Christine Marinaccio

Postdoctoral fellow, Postdoc Fellow
  • E-mailJulia.Marinaccio@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 23 28
  • Visitor Address
    HF-bygget, Sydnesplassen 7
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Research Interests

Environmental Governance and resource management in China

Digital environmental governance and ICT in rural China

Overseas Chinese and Taiwanese

I earned a PhD in China Studies from the University of Vienna (2018) and an MA in Political Science from the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan (2013). Over the past years, I have developed strong expertise in political processes in China and Taiwan. My main research interests lie at the interface of political theory and comparative politics, focusing on environmental governance and natural resource management in China. My doctoral thesis analyzed the role of training Chinese officials in the central government's efforts to operationalize what I call the 'Chinese Communist Party's ideology of sustainability' with a case study on forestry. In my postdoctoral project, I explore the recent rise of digitalization in rural China's environmental governance. In addition, due to my studies and professional experience in and with Taiwan, I have also conducted small research projects regarding current political issues in Taiwan. 


Teaching Interests and Experience

Chinese politics and society

Social Science Research Methods


Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of China Studies (February 2019 – July 2020)

  • “Poverty in China in the 20th century”, BA seminar, co-teacher, ST 2020
  • “BA Colloquium” (in German), BA seminar, WT 2019/20
  • “Qualitative Content Analysis: Analyzing China’s environmental image in German media” (in German), BA seminar ,WT 2019/20
  • “Introduction into the practice of social science research” (in German), BA seminar, ST 2019, WT 2019/20
  • “Taiwan’s elections 2020 - Chinese reading class” (in German), MA seminar ,WT 2019/20
  •  “Digital and informational environmental governance in China” (in German), MA seminar, WT 2019/20
  • “Chinese and Taiwanese Oversea Communities in Germany” (in German) BA seminar, ST 2019
  • “Environmental politics and natural resource management under Xi Jiping” (in German) MA seminar, ST 2019
  • “Ideology and Organization of the Chinese Communist Party” (in German) MA seminar, ST 2019

University of Vienna, Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology (October 2014 – January 2018)

  • “Qualitative research methods in the social sciences: Academic research: academic writing and the literature review” (in German), BA seminar, ST 2017
  • “Comparing English and Chinese Academic Articles: The risk society by Ulrich Beck and Cai Shouqiu.” MA lecture, 6 April 2017
  • “How to read academic articles” MA lecture, 30 April 2017
  •  “Qualitative research methods in the social sciences: Chinese and African migration in Austria” (in German), BA seminar, WT 2016/17 [The seminar was part of a teaching project on teaching research together with Sarah Hanisch, Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla, Dewei Che from the Department of East Asian Studies and the Department of African Studies] 
  • “Qualitative research methods in the social sciences: Methodology and techniques” (in German), BA seminar, ST 2016
  • “The CCP and Cadre Management” (in German), BA seminar, ST 2015
  • “Environmental Governance in China” (in German), BA seminar, WT 2014/15
  • “History of Education in East Asia” (in English), BA seminar, WT 2014/15
  • Drafting and correction of exams: “Introduction to Chinese politics” (first-semester BA students) and “China’s economic development” (third-year BA students) under the supervision of Prof. Christian Göbel, September 2013 – January 2018

Ca’ Foscari University, Department of Asian and North African Studies (February – March 2016)

  •  “Writing academic papers in the social sciences” (in Italian), BA workshop
  • “Hard and Soft Elements in Politics and Culture: Cadre Management and Policy Promotion at Local Level in China” (in English), BA lecture, 24 February 2016
  •  “Hard and Soft Elements in Politics and Culture: Cadre Management and Policy Promotion at Local Level in China” (in English), MA lecture,  24 February 2016

Peer-reviewed articles

“Banning logging, conserving legitimacy? Large-scale ecological restoration under Xi Jinping.” Journal für Entwicklungspolitik/Austrian Journal of Development Studies 36(1), 2020, pp. 40–60

“Organizing forestry governance: Cadre training in China’s multi-level governance regime.” Journal of Environmental Management 231, 2019, pp. 795-803

“Training in Austria’s and China’s Forestry Administration: A Comparison of Human Capital Development.” International Journal of Public Administration 41(7), 2018, pp. 516-527 (online 17.02.2017)

“A study on Leadership Training in Four Types of Training Institutions.” Luigi Moccia and Martin Woesler (eds.), European Journal of Sinology, Special Issue 1, 2016, pp. 407-438

“Taiwans interreligiöse Bewegungen gegen die Homosexuellenehe: Formierung und Mobilisierungstechniken.“ Politix 35, 2014, pp. 10-14


Chinas Olympische Spiele und chinesische Identität in Österreich: Eine qualitative Inhaltsanalyse einer chinesisch-sprachigen Zeitung in Österreich. Saarbrücken: AV Akademikerverlag, 2015  [Master thesis published under my maiden name Julia Ritirc]

Book chapters

“Taiwan’s conservative movement and its mobilization strategies in the context of same-sex marriage legislation.” Astrid Lipinsky (ed.), Social Movements in Taiwan – Historical Roots to Recent Developments, Vienna Taiwan Studies Series 2, Vienna, Zürich et al.: LIT (forthcoming)

Book Reviews

“Stefan Mahlke (ed.) (2019): Atlas der Globalisierung. Welt in Bewegung.“ Socialnet, 2020, available online: https://www.socialnet.de/rezensionen/26552.php (accessed May 2020)

“Fong, Mei (2016): One Child. The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment.” Asien – The German Journal of Contemporary Asia 146, 2018, p. 129

“Sarah Kumnig, Marit Rosol, Andreas Exner (2017): Umkämpftes Grün. Zwischen neoliberaler Stadtentwicklung und Stadtgestaltung von unten.“ Socialnet, 2018, available online: https://www.socialnet.de/rezensionen/23333.php (accessed April 2018)

“Aßheuer Tibor (2014): Klimawandel und Resilienz in Bangladesch: Die Bewältigung von Überschwemmungen in den Slums von Dhaka.“ Asien – The German Journal of Contemporary Asia, 2017, pp. 99-100

“Gerstenberger, Debora and Glasman, Joël (Ed.) (2015): Techniken der Globalisierung: Globalgeschichte meets Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie.“  Socialnet, 2017, available online: http://www.socialnet.de/rezensionen/21240.php accessed January 2017 (accessed April 2017)

“Le Monde Diplomatique / Kolleg Postwachstumsgesellschaften (Ed.) (2015): Atlas der Globalisierung. Weniger wird mehr.“ Socialnet, 2016, available online: www.socialnet.de/rezensionen/19851.php (accessed March 2016)

“Andrei Dörre: Naturressourcennutzung im Kontext struktureller Unsicherheiten: Eine Politische Ökologie der Weideländer Kirgisistans in Zeiten gesellschaftlicher Umbrüche.“ Asien – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia 135, 2016, pp. 126-127

“Astrid Lipinsky (Ed.) (2015): Immigration Societies - Taiwan and Beyond.” In  Asien – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia 137, 2015, pp. 135-137

Other publications

“SARS-CoV-2 in chinesischen Gefängnissen: Legitimationsstrategien und deren mögliche Auswirkungen auf Haftbedingungen [SARS-CoV-2 in Chinese prisons: Central legitimation strategies and possible effects on prison conditions].“ Blickpunkte (März-April), 2020, pp. 14-18, available online: https://www.blickpunkte.co/sars-cov-2-in-chinesischen-gefaengnissen-legitimationsstrategien-und-deren-moegliche-auswirkungen-auf-haftbedingungen/ (accessed, March 2020)

“Das Vergessen kann das Erinnern nicht aufhalten [Oblivion cannot hinder remembrance: 30 years Tiananmen]“ Blickpunkte 4, 2019, pp. 20-23

Power and Control of the Chinese Communist Party: An introduction to China's Cadre Management. Gaeta: Passerino Editore, 2016 (e-book, course script)

“Climate Justice Denied over Vienna Airport Extension.” BlueLink.Info: Watchdog journalism in public interest, 2017, available online: https://bluelink.info/?p=686&preview=true&preview_id=686 (accessed July 2017)

“Austrian Court Rules Pro-Environment.” BlueLink.Info: Watchdog journalism in public interest, 2017, available online:https://bluelink.info/active-citizens/the-man-who-did-not-lose/ (accessed July 2017)

„Wie China versucht, seine Politiken durchzusetzen.“ Jahresbericht der Austrian Chinese Business Association2017, 2017, pp. 29-31

“The man who did not lose.” BlueLink.Info: Watchdog journalism in public interest, 2017, available online: http://bluelink.info/active-citizens/the-man-who-did-not-lose/(accessed January 2017)

“Changing perspectives and opportunities: the study experience in Taiwan.” Website of Ministry of Education Republic of China (Taiwan), 2014, available online: http://english.moe.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=16051&ctNode=11414&mp=1, (accessed October 2014) [article was anonymized]

“Der Grüne Tiger – Erfolge und Herausforderungen im Umwelt- und Klimaschutz in Taiwan.“Das Reispapier 5, 2013 available online: http://www.dasreispapier.at/dasreispapierat/seiten-nicht-im-menu/artikel-singleansicht/date/der-gruene-tiger/(accessed October 2014)

“Österreichisch-taiwanesische Identität in Taiwan.“ Das Reispapier2, 2012, available online: http://www.dasreispapier.at/index.php?id=35&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=33&cHash=8a35b2301d8 ecc9550d 789ee218 280ed, (accessed November 2012)

“Regionale Energieeffizienz: Ein Symposium zu energieeffiziente Modellregionen in Österreich und Taiwan.“ Website of Department of East Asian Studies, 2011, available online: https://sinologie.univie.ac.at/forschung/projekte/energy-pilot-regions(accessed October 2011)

Environmental Governance in Rural China in the Information Age (ongoing since August 2020)

In my postdoctoral research, I study informational environmental governance in rural China. I draw on theories from the sociology of technology and science to focus on the technical aspects of informational environmental governance. Learning from case studies in different environmental fields, I examine the following three aspects: (1) The role technologies of environmental management play in the relationships between individuals and agencies in different places. (2) The way these technologies reconfigure their users – that is, to what extent they shape the users’ relationship with the natural environment and their understanding of its management –, and so affect practices and outcomes of environmental management in China’s countryside. (3) The wider implications of the political imperative of technology-supported informational governance for those places, where technological innovations are absent or subjected to limits.

Dealing with the absence of absentee voting: Taiwan’s 2020 elections in transnational voter spaces (ongoing since March 2020)

Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections 2020 became a significant political event in Taiwan, drawing unusually broad international attention. The candidates, their campaigns, and exit polls were ubiquitous in national and international media, turning Taiwan’s elections into a question of national identity and survival which also resulted in high voter mobilization beyond the island of Taiwan. Whilst there is abundant literature focusing on Overseas policies and transnational governance, much fewer studies have explored how Taiwan’s population abroad shapes domestic politics at home. What is more, there is a lacuna on voting behavior and voter mobilization in Overseas Taiwanese spaces. Against the absence of institutions that allow its population to vote from abroad, the question arises of how Overseas Taiwanese deal with this lack of opportunity. Drawing on theories of transnational political participation, this study aims to enhance our understanding of the political engagement of Overseas Taiwanese at home with a case study on Austria. It explores the motives and interests that drive the action of individuals to engage in, or refrain from, political participation, in terms of voting and voter mobilization. The findings of this research rely on data drawn from a mixed-methods design which includes a survey among Overseas Taiwanese in Austria, interviews and private conversations with associations and individuals, document analysis, and publicly available data in online forums and social media groups. The research aims to contribute to ongoing debates on immigrant votes in the discipline of Political Science and add new findings of transnational experiences of Taiwanese to the discipline of Overseas Chinese Studies.

Operationalizing Ideology: Cadre Training and Environmental Governance in China (book project: publication of dissertation)

In this book, I explore the role of training Chinese officials in the central government's efforts to operationalize what I call the Chinese Communist Party's ideology of sustainability. Departing from the assumption that regime resilience relies the party-state's capacity to turn its propagated values into consistent action, I argue the training of Chinese state officials to be a critical instrument in the party’s attempt to turn its abstract ideas into concrete action on the ground. By means of a case study on the State Forestry Administration, I unpick China’s training structure comprised of cadre and sector-specific training, explain the processes of ideological prescription, and reveal why training fails to enhance local capacities where it is most needed.

China's Environmental Image(s) Abroad (together with Marion Oberbach) (October 2019 - September 2020, completed)

China’s influence and impact on international climate politics and ecological systems abroad has been on the rise and the current central government under the leadership of Xi Jinping has made environmental and ecological protection a top priority. Although research on China’s image in German media is abundant, there is a lacuna of focus studies exploring China’s environmental image in detail, and data dates to before 2014. In our paper, we present findings of qualitative content analysis of 315 news reports in three major German media outlets between October 2015-2016 and October 2017-18. We show that China-related environmental news touch upon a variety of environmental issues, but only a few reports engage in an in-depth discussion or analysis and they mostly relate to German or European discourses. Despite all-encompassing developments in China’s environmental politics and governance over the past years, the majority of the reports take a critically negative stance in most environmental fields. Notwithstanding, our topic analysis suggests a slight trend towards more neutral or positive-optimistic reporting, especially in the fields of renewable energies and electric mobility. China’s new positioning in international climate politics resonates in German news reports in which it has turned from a delaying into an active actor who evokes continues to evoke high expectations.