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David L. Bandurski

An expert on Chinese journalism and communication, Mr. Bandurski is currently a part-time researcher at the Institute of China Studies at the University of Heidelberg. He is also co-director of the China Media Project, dividing his time between Germany and Hong Kong. Mr. Bandurski’s books include Dragons in Diamond Village (Penguin/Melville House), a work of reportage about urban development in China, and Investigative Journalism in China (Hong Kong University Press).


Zhu Yi

Currently a researcher at the Institute of China Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Ms. Zhu has her research focus on political communication, media perceptions and China’s social changes. With a close examination of data from Chinese social media, she is completing her PhD project on how Chinese lawyers, intellectuals and journalists initiated public debate on abolition of the re-education through labor system​.


Anja-Désirée Senz

Dr. Senz is Professor for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Her research focuses on state-society relations particularly in the field of local politics, environmental governance, and the development of Chinese borderlands. Another research interest are current developments in European-Chinese relations with regard to patterns of cooperation and distinction.