Elena Meyer-Clement

Elena Meyer-Clement

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

My research focuses on China's authoritarian governance, particularly on intergovernmental relations in the Chinese party-state, and state-society relations.

Main research topics include:

  • Grassroots politics
  • Urbanization
  • Rural development
  • Land politics 
  • Political economy of culture
  • Propaganda and censorship

Current research

In the project "Steering urban-rural integration: Administrative reconficguration for a unified citizenship" (2018-2023) (co-led with René Trappel, Freiburg, funded by the German Research Foundation), I investigate the transformation of rural China through urbanization and housing (and resettlement) politics in semi-urban areas. A main focus lies on the consequences of these politics for state-society relations and grassroots politics. Fieldwork for this project was conducted mainly in Gansu and Zhejiang Provinces.  

In the project "Social Worlds: China's cities as spaces of worldmaking"(since November 2020) (co-led with Björn Alpermann, Würzburg), I look more closely at the evolving social relations in China's new urban spaces, and I take a comparative perspective on China's urbanization and its interconnectedness with global capitalist developments.

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