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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Prof. Dr. Sarah Eaton

Prof. Dr. Sarah Eaton
Johannisstr. 10, 4. EG, Raum 403


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Sarah Eaton is Professor of Transregional China Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. She is interested in the study of contemporary Chinese politics and political economy from comparative and transregional perspectives. Her current projects examine China’s role in high-tech standardization, the state of play in SOE policy in the Xi Jinping era and a multi-year Deutsche Forschung Gemeinschaft-funded study of changing interjurisdictional relations between local governments in China. Before joining HU Berlin in October 2019, she held professorships at the University of Göttingen, the University of Oxford and the University of Waterloo. She holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Toronto (2011). Her book, Advance of the State in Contemporary China (Cambridge, 2016) analyzed the ideational roots of Chinese state capitalism and the results of her other research have appeared in political science and area studies journals, including New Political Economy, Review of International Political Economy, Environmental Politics, The China Quarterly and the The China Journal.


Albie Award 2020 for the best work on global political economy

For Details please see The Washington Post


“Authoritarian Environmentalism Undermined? Leaders’ Time Horizons and Consequences for Environmental Policy Implementation” published in the Special Anniversary Issue of The China Quarterly as one of the most influential articles over the past six decades measured by citations

International Workshop, October 16 - 17, 2020

Decentering Diffusion: China as a Locus of Transnational Developmentalism




  • The Advance of the State in Contemporary China: State-Market Relations in the Reform Era, (Cambridge University Press, 2016)


Refereed Journal Articles

  • "A Critical Node: The Role of China in the Transnational Circulation of Developmentalist Ideas, Policies and Practices" with Saori N. Katada New Political Economy, published online, August 9th 2021.
  • "Diffusion of Practice: The Curious Case of the Sino-German Technical Standardisation Partnership" with Daniel Fuchs New Political Economy, published online, July 28th 2021.
  • "Economic Legitimation in a New Era: Public Attitudes to State Ownership and Market Regulation in China” with Reza Hasmath The China Quarterly DOI.
  • “What makes for good and bad neighbours? An emerging research agenda in the study of Chinese environmental politics” with Genia Kostka Environmental Politics Vol. 27 Iss. 5, April 2018.
  • “Central Protectionism in China: The ‘Central SOE Problem’ in Environmental Governance” with Genia Kostka The China Quarterly Vol. 231, September 2016.

  • “Authoritarian Environmentalism Undermined? Leaders’ Time Horizons and Consequences for Environmental Policy Implementation” with Genia Kostka The China Quarterly Vol. 218, June 2014.
  • “The Gradual Encroachment of an Idea: Large Enterprise Groups in China” Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 31 No. 2, December 2013.
  • “Political Economy of the Advancing State: The Case of China’s Airlines Reform” The China Journal Issue 69, January 2013.
  • “A Principal-Agent Analysis of China’s Sovereign Wealth System: Byzantine by Design” with Zhang Ming in Review of International Political Economy Vol. 17 No. 3, August 2010.
  • “Is ASEAN Powerful? Neorealist versus Constructivist Approaches to Power in Southeast Asia” with Richard Stubbs The Pacific Review Vol. 19 No. 2, June 2006.
  • “Crisis and the Consolidation of Accounting Standards: Enron, the IASB and America” Business and Politics Vol. 7 No. 3, December 2005.


Third-Party Funding