Adjunct Professor (1st Term)

PhD, Political Science, University of Hamburg, Germany

Gunter Schubert is a political scientist and sinologist. Throughout his academic career he has been interested in the political, economic and social developments in the PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Since his times as a graduate student some thirty years ago, he has conducted intensive field research annually in Greater China, particularly in the PRC and Taiwan, and he firmly believes in the importance of sound and regular empirical research to understand the political systems and societies in the region. Prof. Schubert specializes in local governance and policy implementation and the evolution of state-business relations in the PRC, cross-strait political economy, Taiwanese domestic politics and, more recently, the change of regional and global order in the context of China’s rise and immigration policy in East Asia. He has published on a wide range of issues related to his research fields. His most recent book is Weapons of the Rich. Strategic Action of Private Entrepreneurs in Contemporary China (World Scientific 2020), co-authored by Prof. Thomas Heberer. A new volume on Taiwan during the First Administration of Tsai Ing-wen: Navigating in Stormy Waters, jointly edited with Dr. Chun-Yi Lee, will be published by Routledge in the coming autumn.

Research Interests:

  • local governance and policy implementation in the PRC
  • state-business relations and private sector development in the PRC
  • cross-strait political economy
  • Taiwan domestic politics
  • regional and global order in the era of China’s rise
  • immigration policy in East Asia

Representative Publications

Books and Edited Volumes


Schubert, Gunter. The Taiwan Handbook on Contemporary Taiwan. Abingdon-New York: Routledge, 2016.


Schubert, Gunter. Taiwan and the ‘China Impact’. Challenges and Opportunities. Abingdon-New York: Routledge, 2016.


Schubert, Gunter, Heberer, Thomas and Yang, Xuedong. 主动的地方政治 – 作为战略群体的县乡干部. Beijing: Central Compilation & Translation Press, 2013.


Schubert, Gunter and Ahlers, Anna L.. Participation and Empowerment at the Grassroots – Chinese Village Elections in Perspective. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.

Current Research Projects

Xi Jinping’s Taiwan Policy and Its Impact on Cross-Strait Integration

The State and the Private Sector in Contemporary Chinese Capitalism: Between Domestication and Symbiosis

Empire as an Analytical Concept to Understand China’s Rise

Courses Offered

CHES5108 Selected Themes on Chinese Politics