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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

Ideology and regime politics in China

Environmental governance and resource management in China

Political transnationalism in Taiwan


Teaching Interests and Experience

Chinese politics and society

Social Science Research Methods


Diplomatic Academy Vienna (April - July 2021)

  • Understanding China: A Challenge, MA seminar, ST 2021 (together with Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik)


University of Bergen, Department of Foreign Languages (since August 2020)

  • “Kultur, historie og samfunn i Kina”, BA seminar, WT 2021
  • “Bachelor Thesis in China Studies”, BA seminar, ST 2021
  • “Kinesisk språk 1”, BA seminar, ST 2021

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


  • "High Skies and Far-Away Emporers: The Pitfalls of Environmental Governance in China," Science Norway, 23 September, https://sciencenorway.no/china-opinion-researchers-zone/high-skies-and-f... (accessed September 2021).
  • Linking Theory with Practice? Cadre Training and Environmental Governance in China. München: Ökom-Verlag.
  • Together with Große-Bley, Jelena: "Grassroots Cadres as Trainers," Julia Marinaccio, Linking Theory with Practice? Cadre Training and Environmental Governance in China. (pp. 122-138). München: Ökom.
  • "Versmogte Städte, laxe Umweltstandards und mutige Verkehrspolitik: Divergierende Perspektiven in der umweltbezogenen China-Berichterstattung in deutschen Medien,“ Asien – German Journal of Contemporary Asia 156/157, 2021, pp. 147–167 (together with Marion Oberbach)
  • "Dealing with the Absence of Absentee Voting: Transnational Electoral Mobilisation in Taiwan's 2020 Presidential Elections," China Perspectives (forthcoming).
  • "Fanxiang Toupiao 返鄉投票: Emigrant Voting under the Institutional Absence of External Voting,” Kevin Cawley & Julia Schneider (eds.), Transnational East Asia, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press (forthcoming)



  • "Organizing forestry governance: Cadre training in China’s multi-level governance regime," Journal of Environmental Management 231, 2019, pp. 795-803
  • "Das Vergessen kann das Erinnern nicht aufhalten," Blickpunkte 4, 2019


  • "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)
  • “Fong, Mei (2016): One Child. The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment,” Asien – The German Journal of Contemporary Asia 146, 2018, p. 129
  • "Kumnig, Sarah, Rosol, and Marit, Exner, Andreas (ed.) (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 April 2017)
  • "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)
  • "Wie China versucht, seine Politiken durchzusetzen," Jahresbericht der Austrian Chinese Business Association 2017, 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)
  • "CHESS Workshop 2016: Local Climate Change Governance and Resource Management in China, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, Vienna, 19-20 November 2016,” Asien – The German Journal of Contemporary Asia 143, 2017, p. 129 (together with Thomas Immervoll)


  • Chinas Olympische Spiele und chinesische Identität in Österreich: Eine qualitative Inhaltsanalyse einer chinesisch-sprachigen Zeitung in Österreich. Saarbrücken: AV Akademikerverlag, 2016 [Master thesis]
  • "A study on Leadership Training in Four Types of Training Institutions," European Journal of Sinology (Special Issue 1), 2016, pp. 407-438
  • "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
  • "Kolleg Postwachstumsgesellschaften/University of Jena (ed.) (2015): Atlas der Globalisierung. Weniger wird mehr," Socialnet, 2016, available online: www.socialnet.de/rezensionen/19851.php (accessed March 2016)
  • Power and Control of the Chinese Communist Party: An introduction to China's Cadre Management. Gaeta: Passerino Editore, 2016 [E-book, course script]
  • "CHESS Young Scholars Conference 2015 – Responding to China’s Environmental Crisis: Interdisciplinary Approaches," Asien – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia 140, 2016, pp.135-137 (together with Thomas Immervoll, Josef FalkoLoher, Anna Holzman, Prudence Willats, and Benjamin Steuer)


  • "Astrid Lipinsky (ed.) (2015): Immigration Societies - Taiwan and Beyond," Asien – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia 137, 2015, pp. 135-137


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




Linking Theory with Practice? Cadre Training and Environmental Governance in China

ISBN: 978-3-96238-329-9

184 pages


In the early 2000s, the Chinese leadership officially acknowledged that the former development model, based on irrational economic growth, had brought prosperity for a few, while leaving behind a significant proportion of China's population. But the country's rapid development had also taken a huge toll on natural resources and the environment. Since then, China's leaders have pushed extensive reforms to move the country onto a sustainable path of development. While most studies have looked into the diverse hierarchical instruments of regulation, supervision, and punishment, few have recognized cadre training as a critical instrument to steer local political action and expedite a change of values at the party-state level. This book unpicks the complex and multi-layered structures of China's cadre training system, offering a new perspective on its function within the nation's political system. Taking forest management as its case study, the book reveals how the Chinese regime links ideology and practice in knowledge transmission and how training is devised to put technical professional skills into the service of political goals and visions. Based on a comprehensive set of qualitative data collected through fieldwork and textual research, the book also reveals the drawbacks of this training system, showing why it fails to foster the administrative capacities of local forestry authorities in responding to the current challenges facing natural resource management.