University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Dr Maximilian Mayer

Assistant Professor in International Studies, School of International Studies

Maximilian

Personal details

Contact

Trent Building 426

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

199 Taikang East Road

Ningbo 315100

+86 (0)574 8818 8285

Email: Maximilian.Mayer@nottingham.edu.cn

Orcid Account/ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1857-1413

Twitter: @mayer_iras

 

Qualifications

Dissertation (grade summa cum laude),  Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn 

MA, Ruhr-University Bochum (East Asian Politics, IR)



BA, Ruhr-University Bochum (East Asian Economy and politics, Area Studies, Political Science)

 

Biography

Dr. Maximilian Mayer is assistant professor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He is research fellow at Renmin University Beijing (2018-2020), worked as Research Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai (2015-2018) and was senior researcher at the Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University Munich (2018-2019). Prior, Maximilian worked at the Bonn University’s Center for Global Studies (CGS) as managing assistant and senior fellow (2009-2015). Maximilian holds a master degree from Ruhr University Bochum and obtained his PhD at Bonn University. His research interests include the global politics of science, innovation, and technology; China’s foreign and energy policy; global energy and climate politics; theories of International Relations. Maximilian presents regularly at international conferences, publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals, and is co-editor of the two-volume work The Global Politics of Science and Technology (Springer 2014), coeditor of Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics (Palgrave, 2016), and edited Rethinking the Silk-Road: Chinas Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations (Palgrave, 2018). Maximilian was visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School, Program on Science, Technology and Society, and served as section co-chair of STAIR (Science, Technology, Arts and international relations) of the International Studies Association (2015-2017) and STAIR program chair (2014-2015).

 

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate

  • China in International Relations (team taught)
  • Introduction to International Relations (team taught)

Postgraduate

  • China in International Relations (team taught)
  • Core Concepts in World Politics and World History (team taught)

 

Research

Expertise Summary

International relations (IR), theories of International Relations, global politics/governance of science, innovation, and technology; China’s foreign and energy policy; global energy and climate politics; East Asian IR/security, Europe-China relations.

Research Interest

My research interests include International relations (IR), theories of International Relations, global politics/governance of science, innovation, and technology; China’s foreign and energy policy; East Asian IR/security, Europe-China relations, the role of art and art works in international relations/nation building/modernization, global energy and climate politics.

I am happy to supervise PhD theses in the following areas: international relations (IR), IR theory/Science and Technology Studies, governance of infrastructures and emerging technologies (including Internet platforms, AI and IoT), China’s foreign policy and global role, Chinese science diplomacy and knowledge production, BRI and space making, Reconstructing heritage, history, memory in China.

Orcid Account/ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1857-1413

 

Publications

Books

1. Maximilian Mayer (ed.): Rethinking the Silk-Road: Chinas Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations (London: Palgrave, 2018).

2. Maximilian Mayer, The Unbearable Lightness of International Relations. Technological Innovations, Creative Destruction and Assemblages. (Bonn, 2017, accessible at http://hss.ulb.uni-bonn.de/2017/4652/4652.pdf ).

3. Douglas Howland, Elizabeth Lillehoj, and Maximilian Mayer (eds.): Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics (London: Palgrave, 2016).

4. Maximilian Mayer, Mariana Carpes, and Ruth Knoblich (eds.), International Relations and the Global Politics of Science and Technology: Vol. 1 - Approaches, Concepts and Interdisciplinary Conversations (Heidelberg: Springer, 2014).

5. Maximilian Mayer, Mariana Carpes, and Ruth Knoblich (eds.), International Relations and the Global Politics of Science and Technology: Vol. 2 - Cases and Perspectives (Heidelberg: Springer, 2014).

6. Friedrich Arndt, Carmen Dege, Christian Ellermann, Maximilian Mayer, David Teller and Lisbeth Zimmermann (eds.), Ordnungen im Wandel. Globale und lokale Wirklichkeiten im Spiegel transdisziplinärer Analysen (Changing social orders – transdiciplinary analysis of global and local realities) (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2008).

7. Xuewu Gu und Maximilian Mayer, Chinas Energiehunger: Mythos und Realität (Chinas Thirst for Energy: Myths and reality) (München: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2007).

 

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters (2012-2019)

1. Maximilian Mayer, “Jenseits des Feindbildes. Warum es seine strategische Neubewertung der Beziehungen zu China brauch”, in: Michael Bröning, Joanna Itzek, and Claudia Detsch (eds.): Ideen, Meinungen, Kontroversen. Die wichtigsten Debatten 2018 (Bonn Dietz Verlag, 2018), pp. 185–189.

2. Maximilian Mayer, “China’s Authoritarian Internet and Digital Orientalism“, in: Denise Feldner (ed.): Redesigning Organizations - Concepts for the Connected Society (Luzern, Springer, 2019).

3. Maximilian Mayer, “IR’s constitutive absence and the promise of STAIR”, in: J.P. Singh, Renée Marlin-Bennett and Madeline Carr (eds.): Science, Technology and Arts in International Relations (London: Routledge, 2019). *

4. Truong-Minh Vu and Maximilian Mayer, “Hydropower infrastructure and regional order making in the Sub-Mekong region“, Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional Vol 61, no 1 (2018), http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0034-7329201800114.*

5. Maximilian Mayer, “The Return of History and China’s Historical Statecraft“, International Affairs Vol 94, no 6 (2018), pp. 1217–1235. *

6. Su Ping and Maximilian Mayer, „Science Diplomacy and Trust Building: ‘Science China’ in the Arctic“ Global Policy Vol 9, S3 (2018), pp. 23–28.*

7. Maximilian Mayer, “China’s Rise as a Eurasian Power: The Revival of the Silk Road and Its Consequences” in Maximilian Mayer (ed.): Rethinking the Silk-Road: Chinas Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations (London: Palgrave, 2018), pp. 1–42.

8. Maximilian Mayer and Dániel Balázs, “Modern Silk Road Imaginaries and the Coproduction of Space”, in Maximilian Mayer (ed.): Rethinking the Silk-Road: Chinas Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations (London: Palgrave, 2018), pp. 205–226.

9. Maximilian Mayer, “Chinas neue Seidenstraße: Eine friedensbringende Initiative?”, Wissenschaft und Frieden Vol. 35, No. 3 (August 2017), pp. 13-16.

10. Behnam Taebi and Maximilian Mayer, „By accident or by design? Pushing global governance of nuclear safety“ Progress in Nuclear Energy Vol. 99 (August 2017), pp. 19–25. *

11. Maximilian Mayer and Susanne Peters, „The Shift of EU Energy Policy and its Implications for China,“ China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies Vol. 3, No. 1 (2017), pp.137–158*

12. Peer Schouten and Maximilian Mayer: “Materiality”, in: Xavier Guillaume and Pinar Bilgin (ed.) Handbook of International Political Sociology (London/New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 309-318*

13. Maximilian Mayer, Elizabeth Lillehoj and Douglas Howland: “Introduction: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Art and Sovereignty”, in: Douglas Howland, Elizabeth Lillehoj, and Maximilian Mayer (eds.): Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics (London: Palgrave, 2016).

14. Maximilian Mayer, Elizabeth Lillehoj and Douglas Howland: “Chapter 12: Art, sovereignty and global affairs: directions for future research”, in: Douglas Howland, Elizabeth Lillehoj, and Maximilian Mayer (eds.): Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics (London: Palgrave, 2016).

15. Mikko Huotari and Maximilian Mayer: „Öffnung oder Abschottung. Die Grenzen von Chinas Infrastrukturaußenpolitik“, Welttrends (July 2015 Issue), Vol. 105, 54-61. *

16. Maximilian Mayer and Mikko Huotari: „China: Geopolitik durch Infrastruktur“, Blätter für Deutsche und Internationale Politik No. 7 (2015), pp. 37-40.

17. Maximilian Mayer and Michele Acuto: „The Global Governance of Large Technical Systems“, Millennium-Journal of International Studies Vol. 43, No. 2 (2015), pp. 260-283. * (Impact 0.922, Q1)

18. Maximilian Mayer and Krystin Unverzagt, „The elephant watching the dragon: shifts in Indian space technology“, Korean Journal for Defense Analysis Vol. 26, No. 2 (2014), pp. 193–208.* (Impact 0.246, Q3)

19. Maximilian Mayer, Ruth Knoblich and Mariana Carpes, „The Global Politics of Science and Technology: An Introduction“, in: Maximilian Mayer, Mariana Carpes, and Ruth Knoblich (eds.): The Global Politics of Science and Technology Vol. 1 Concepts from International Relations and Other Disciplines, pp. 1-35 (Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2014).

20. Maximilian Mayer, Ruth Knoblich and Mariana Carpes, „A Toolbox for Studying the Global Politics of Science and Technology“, in: Maximilian Mayer, Mariana Carpes, and Ruth Knoblich (eds.): The Global Politics of Science and Technology Vol. 2 Cases, Perspectives, and Methods, pp. 1-17 (Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2014).

21. Xuewu Gu, Maximilian Mayer, Katharina C. Below und Jan-Paul Franken, „Emerging Global Players in Research, Innovation, and Knowledge: the BRICS“, in Bertelsmann (ed.): Change Ahead? Sustainable Governance in the BRICS, pp. 145-209. (Gütersloh: Bertelsmann-Stiftung 2013).

22. Maximilian Mayer und Jost Wübbeke, „Understanding China’s International Energy Strategy”, in: Chinese Journal of International Politics Vol. 6 (2013), pp. 273-298 * (Impact 0.871, Q1)

23. Maximilian Mayer and Peer Schouten, „Attuning Concepts of Energy Security to the Anthropocene”, in: 非传统安全研究 (Non-Traditional Security Studies), No. 2 (2012), pp. 4-14.

24. Maximilian Mayer, Katharina Below, Regina Bösl, Jan-Paul Franken, Sarah Herweg, Ruth Knoblich and Martin Krupp, „Der Aufstieg der BIC-Staaten als Wissensmächte” (the Rise of the BICs and Knowledge Powers” (The rise of the BICs as knowledge powers), in: Zeitschrift für Politik, No. 1 (2012), pp. 1-18. *

25. Maximilian Mayer and Friedrich Arndt: „Demokratisierung pluraler Sozionaturen – Chancen in der Ko-Produktion globaler Klimapolitik“ (Democratization of plural socionatures – globale climate policy as co-production), in: Melanie Morisse-Schilbach und Jost Halfmann (eds.): Wissen, Wissenschaft und Global Commons (Baden Baden: Nomos, 2012), pp. 179-205. *

26. Maximilian Mayer, „Theorizing China Rise as Knowledge Power” in: Fels, Enrico, Katharina Harmat and Jan-Frederick Kremer (eds.) Power in the 21st Century – International Security and International Political Economy in a Changing World (Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2012), pp. 287-311.

27. Maximilian Mayer, „Chaotic Climate Change and Security”, in: International Political Sociology, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2012), pp. 165-185. * (Impact 1.405, Q1)

 

Other Articles and Essays

1. Maximilian Mayer, „Jenseits des Feindbildes. Warum es eine strategische Neubewertung der Beziehungen zu China braucht,“ Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, July 2, 2018, http://www.ipg-journal.de/rubriken/aussen-und-sicherheitspolitik/artikel/jenseits-des-feindbildes-2831/ 

2. Tim Wenniges and Maximilian Mayer, „China als Zukunftsmodell? Nein, danke!“ Civis, June 16, 2018, http://www.civis-mit-sonde.de/china-als-zukunftsmodell-nein-danke/

3. Maximilian Mayer and Enrico Fels, „Europa leistet sich immer noch eine erstaunliche strategische Kurzsichtigkeit,“ Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 11, 2018, https://www.nzz.ch/meinung/europa-leistet-sich-immer-noch-eine-erstaunliche-strategische-kurzsichtigkeit-ld.1360684

4. Maximilian Mayer and Bernt Berger, „Alarmistische Szenarien führen nur zu Verunsicherungen,“ Tagesspiegel, March 28, 2018, https://causa.tagesspiegel.de/politik/wie-bedenklich-ist-der-chinesische-einfluss-in-europa/alarmistische-szenarien-fuehren-nur-zu-verunsicherungen.html

5. Maximilian Mayer, „How China’s failure to watch its own backyard let the US gain the upper hand with North Korea,“ South China Morning Post (Print and online edition) March 18, 2018 http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2137498/how-chinas-failure-watch-its-own-backyard-let-us-gain-upper

6. Maximilian Mayer, „Europe needs a real defence strategy to deal with the threats on its doorstep“, South China Morning Post, January 30, 2018 http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2131068/europe-needs-real-defence-strategy-deal-threats-its-doorstep

7. Maximilian Mayer, “中德能源转型合作大有可为“ in 中国社会科学报,May 5, 2017, p.7.

8. Maximilian Mayer and Wei Jie, “德国大选:默克尔的秘诀她未来的挑战 “, in 上观 2017/9/15,http://www.jfdaily.com/news/detail?id=65124

9. Maximilian Mayer and Wei Jie, “有望开启第四任期,默克尔挑战不小 “ in:解放日报 2017/9/18, p.6.

10. Maximilian Mayer, „Grüne Allianz“, in Freitag (24/2017), online: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/der-freitag/gruene-allianz

11. Maximilian Mayer, “Die Achse des Friedens”, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, March 23, 2016, p.7; and online: http://www.nzz.ch/meinung/kommentare/vom-nutzen-des-seidenstrassen-projekts-die-achse-des-friedens-ld.9307

12. Maximilian Mayer, “双重危机动荡欧洲时局“ (Zwei Krisen bringen Europa ins Wanken), 中国社会科学报。June 12, 2016, http://www.cssn.cn/zzx/gjzzx_zzx/201605/t20160512_3005954.shtml

13. Maximilian Mayer and Gregor Mahony: „More secure for all“ South China Morning Post, August 10th, 2016, A11 8 (full page), and online: http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2000901/how-make-south-china-sea-more-secure-both-china-and-its

14. Maximilian Mayer, „Peripheral unrest, conflicting beliefs threaten European solidarity”, Review and Analysis 2 (June 9th), 2016. 

15. Maximilian Mayer, invited to talk in Tiger Talk, 2016-7-2一虎一席谈 英国脱欧会不会颠覆世界格局 http://v.ifeng.com/news/world/201607/01d2d486-fa6b-4ba2-990f-a59711d14f6b.shtml

16. Maximilian Mayer and Maruf Mallick: 巴黎谈判是解决气候问题的最后尝试? http://www.guancha.cn/MaximilianMayer/2015_12_04_343490.shtml

17. Maximilian Mayer, invited to talk in 2015-11-28一虎一席谈全球反恐联盟能否形成统一战线, http://v.ifeng.com/news/world/201511/016fc8e3-f09f-47c0-aa04-984a4471c363.shtml

18. Maximilian Mayer, „Griechenland-Krise überschattet Besuch von Bundeswirtschaftsminister Gabriel in China“, People’s Daily, 13. Juli 2015, http://german.people.com.cn/n/2015/0713/c209052-8919623.html (also in: http://german.china.org.cn/international/2015-07/14/content_36057853_3.htm)

19. Maximilian Mayer and Behnam Taebi, "The Russian Nuclear Energy Proposal: An Offer You Can't Refuse", The Huffington Post, Op-Ed (June 5, 2015).

20. Maximilian Mayer, “Documentation Power and the Remaking of World Politics”. Discussion paper for the Workshop: Documentality and Power: Interdisciplinary Considerations on Recording, Social Media, and Modes of Power. (February 12, 2014). Center for Global Studies, University Bonn.

21. Maximilian Mayer, “Gabrielle Hecht on Nuclear Ontologies, De-provincializing the Cold War, and Postcolonial Technopolitics,” Theory Talk #64: http://www.theory-talks.org/2014/07/theory-talk-64.html (2014).

22. Maximilian Mayer, “Karen Litfin on Gaia Theory, Global Ecovillages, and Embedding IR in the Earth System,” Theory Talks #62:  http://www.theory-talks.org/2014/01/theory-talk-62.html (2014).

23. Maximilian Mayer, „Wissen“ (Knowledge), in: Ludger Kühnhardt und Tilman Mayer (eds.): On Globality, ZEI Discussionpaper, No. C 211 (2012), pp. 45-65, http://www.zei.uni-bonn.de/dateien/discussion-paper/dp_c211_kuehnhardt_mayer.