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

Prof. Dr. Sarah Eaton

Prof. Dr. Sarah Eaton
Sarah Eaton
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Sarah Eaton is Professor of Transregional China Studies at Humboldt University Berlin and co-founder of the Berlin Contemporary China Network (BCCN). She is interested in the study of contemporary Chinese politics and political economy from comparative and transregional perspectives. A major focus of her current research is China's emergence as a central player in the field of digital standardization, for which she has received three years of funding (2023-2026) from the German Research Foundation. With support of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research, she and colleagues in the BCCN are developing innovative means of nurturing China competence within Berlin's academic landscape.

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).


  • Jiang, X., Eaton, S., & Kostka, G. (forthcoming). Women’s Work: The Gendered Nature of Appointment Politics in Subnational China. Government & Opposition
  • Jiang, X., Eaton, S., & Kostka, G. (2023). Provinces in Command: Changes in Prefectural Appointments from Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping (2003-2020). Journal of Contemporary China, 1-21.
  • Jiang, X., Eaton, S., & Kostka, G. (2023). No county is an island: the rise of interjurisdictional cooperation among counties in China. Regional Studies, 1-16.
  • Jiang, X., Eaton, S., & Kostka, G. (2022). Not at the table but stuck paying the bill: perceptions of injustice in China’s Xin’anjiang eco-compensation program. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 24(6), 581-597.
  • Fuchs, D., & Eaton, S. (2022). Diffusion of practice: the curious case of the Sino-German technical standardisation partnership. New political economy, 27(6), 958-971.
  • Eaton, S., & Katada, S. N. (2022). A critical node: The role of China in the transnational circulation of developmentalist ideas, policies and practices. New Political Economy, 27(6), 907-915.
  • Leutert, W., & Eaton, S. (2021). Deepening not departure: Xi Jinping's governance of China's state-owned economy. The China Quarterly, 248(S1), 200-221.
  • Eaton, S., & Hasmath, R. (2021). Economic legitimation in a new era: Public attitudes to state ownership and market regulation in China. The China Quarterly, 246, 447-472.
  • Eaton, S., & Kostka, G. (2018). What makes for good and bad neighbours? An emerging research agenda in the study of Chinese environmental politics. Environmental Politics, 27(5), 782-803.
  • Eaton, S., & Kostka, G. (2017). Central protectionism in China: The “central SOE problem” in environmental governance. The China Quarterly, 231, 685-704.
  • Eaton, S. (2016). The advance of the state in contemporary China: State-market relations in the reform era. Cambridge University Press.
  • Eaton, S., & Kostka, G. (2014). Authoritarian environmentalism undermined? Local leaders’ time horizons and environmental policy implementation in China. The China Quarterly, 218, 359-380.
  • Eaton, S. (2013). The gradual encroachment of an idea: large enterprise groups in China. The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, 31(2), 5-22.
  • Eaton, S. (2013). Political economy of the advancing state: The case of China's airlines reform. The China Journal, 69(1), 64-86.
  • Eaton, S., & Ming, Z. (2010). A principal–agent analysis of China's sovereign wealth system: Byzantine by design. Review of International Political Economy, 17(3), 481-506.
  • Eaton, S., & Stubbs, R. (2013). Is ASEAN powerful? Neo-realist versus constructivist approaches to power in Southeast Asia 1. In Theorizing Southeast Asian Relations (pp. 11-30). Routledge.
  • Eaton, S. B. (2005). Crisis and the consolidation of international accounting standards: Enron, the IASB, and America. Business and Politics, 7(3), 1-18.

Current third-party funding

  • German Research Foundation (2023-2026), Pathways from Rule-Taker to Rule-Maker: A Comparison of China and Korea’s Digital Standards Internationalization Strategies.
  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (2023-2026), Strengthening China competence in knowledge transfer, technology transfer and research. Together with HU Berlin Research Service Center.
  • Independent Research Fund (Denmark), The Emergence of the Environmental State Under Authoritarianism in China and Vietnam. Together with Professors Thorkil Casse and Ole Bruun (Roskilde University).