Springe direkt zu Inhalt

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla


Institut für Chinastudien


Staat und Gesellschaft des modernen China / stellv. Masterbeauftragte

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Institut für Chinastudien
Fabeckstr. 23/25
Raum 1.1127


Bitte entnehmen Sie die aktuellen Sprechzeiten der Übersicht.

Hinweise für Gutachten: Für ein Gutachten müssen Studierende mindestens einen Kurs bei Prof. Habich-Sobiegalla absolviert haben, in dem mindestens ein Referat gehalten wurde.

Bitte bereiten Sie folgende Unterlagen bis spätestens drei Wochen vor Fristende vor:
   - Motivationsschreiben (das für die Bewerbung um die Förderung verfasst wurde)
   - Lebenslauf
   - Notenliste
   - Adresse, an die das Gutachten geschickt werden soll.

Schicken Sie die Materialien in einer Mail bitte an das Sekretariat des Instituts für Chinastudien.

Instructions for Letters of Recommendation

Curriculum Vita

Since 2022

Professor for State and Society of Modern China, Institute for Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin


Junior Professor for State and Society of Modern China, Institute for Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin


Postdoctoral Fellow (tenure-track), Department of East Asian Studies, Sinology, University of Vienna


Lecturer, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Department of Chinese and Korean Studies, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen


Research Fellow, ‘Governance in China’ competence network,

Department of Chinese and Korean Studies, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen


Visiting Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science,
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan


Teaching Assistant, National Chengchi University


Research Assistant at the Center for China Studies,
National Chengchi University


Research Assistant at the Center for Chinese Social and Regional Development, Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University


Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, Taipei (Taiwan)


Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Chinese Studies – Institute for Cultural Studies, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany

Educational history


Ph.D. (National Chengchi University)


M.A. in Sinology, Business Administration, and Political Science, University of Würzburg

Click here for lectures of Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla:

Summer Semester 2024

Winter Semester 2023/24

Summer Semester 2023

Winter Semester 2022/23

Summer Semester 2022

Research Sabbatical in Winter Semester 2021/22

Research Interests:

  • China’s social and economic development,
  • water and resource governance,
  • renewable energies,
  • development-induced displacement
  • central-local relations with a focus on China

Previous Research Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla and H. Christoph Steinhardt (forthcoming): Debating Academic Autonomy in the German-Speaking Field of China Studies: An Assessment. Pre-Published from ASIEN 162/163. Full Article

Guo, D., Habich-Sobiegalla, S. and Kostka G. (2023): Emotions, crisis, and institutions: Explaining compliance with COVID-19 regulations, Regulations & Governance. Open Access

Habich-Sobiegalla, S. and Plümmer, F. (2022): Topologies of power in China’s grid-style social management during the COVID-19 pandemic, Security Dialogue. Open Access

Habich-Sobiegalla, S. and Kostka, G. (2022): Sharing is caring: willingness to share personal data through contact tracing apps in China, Germany, and the US, Information, Communication & Society. Open Access

Kostka, G. and Habich-Sobiegalla, S. (2022): In times of crisis: Public perceptions towards COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps in China, Germany and the US, New Media and Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448221083285

Fischer, D. Gohli, H., & Habich-Sobiegalla, S. (2021): Industrial Policies Under Xi Jinping: A Steering Theory Perspective. Issues and Studies - Institute of International Relations. https://doi.org/10.1142/S1013251121500168

Rabe, W. Kostka, G. and  Habich-Sobiegalla, S. (2020): Socio-Economic Development and Infrastructure Cost Performance in China: Comparing Transport and Energy Sectors, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol. 49 (2): 185-206. https://doi.org/10.1177/1868102621990666

Habich-Sobiegalla, S., Rousseau, J.-F. (2020). Responsibility to choose: Governmentality in China’s participatory dam resettlement processes, World Development, 135:105090, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105090

Tseng, S.-W., Habich-Sobiegalla, S. (2019): Piloting away – State-signaling and overcapacity in China’s renewable energy sector, Journal of Contemporary China, https://doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2019.1645490

Habich-Sobiegalla, S., Kostka, G., and Anzinger, N. (2019): Citizens’ Electric Vehicle Purchase Intentions in China: An Analysis of Micro-level and Macro-level Factors, Transport Policy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2019.05.008

Habich-Sobiegalla, S. (2018): How do Central Control Mechanisms Impact Local Water Governance in China? The Case of Yunnan Province, The China Quarterly, DOI10.1017/S0305741018000450

Habich-Sobiegalla, S., Kostka, G., and Anzinger, N. (2018): Electric vehicle purchase intentions of Chinese, Russian and Brazilian citizens: An international comparative study, Journal of Cleaner Production, 205, 188-200, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.318

Habich-Sobiegalla, S., Fleischauer, S. (2017): The Shadow of China over Taiwan’s Democracy, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 46:1, 3-9.

Rousseau, J.-F., Didier, O., Habich-Sobiegalla, S., Van, T. N., (2017): Socialist hydropower governances compared: dams as experienced by Dai and Thai societies from the Sino-Vietnamese borderlands, Regional Environmental Change, May 2017, DOI 10.1007/s10113-017-1170-0

Habich, S. (2015): Strategies of Soft Coercion in Chinese Dam Resettlement, Issues & Studies, 51: 1, 165-199.

Habich, S. (2011): Environmental ‘Dam-age’ and Social Vulnerability in Southwest China: A Case of Adaptive Authoritarianism?, Taiwanese Political Science Review, 15: 2, 233-282.

Habich, S. (2010): Corporate Social Responsibility in der chinesischen Textilindustrie: Unternehmerische Verantwortung mit chinesischer Prägung, ASIEN: The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, 114/115, 88-113.



Habich, S. (2016): Dams, Migration and Authoritarianism in China: The Local State in Yunnan. London: Routledge.


Book chapters

Habich-Sobiegalla, S., Rousseau, J.-F. (2021): “Introduction: Southwest China’s hydropower expansion and why it matters there and beyond,” in: Rousseau, Jean-François and Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla, The Political Economy of Hydropower in Southwest China and Beyond.

Habich-Sobiegalla, S., Plümmer, F. (2021); “Social stability, migrant subjectivities and citizenship in China's resettlement policies,” in: Rousseau, Jean-François and Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla, The Political Economy of Hydropower in Southwest China and Beyond. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Habich, S. (2017): Reasons to Dam: China’s Hydropower Politics and Its Socio-Environmental Consequences,” in: Kun-Chin Lin and Jean-Marc Blanchard, 100 Years after the Chinese Xinhai Revolution: Domestic Change, Challenges, and Continuities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book reviews

Habich, S. (2016): Patronage and Power: Local State Networks and Party-State Resilience in Rural China by Ben Hillman. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 216p. $50.00 hardback, in: Journal of Chinese Political Science.

Habich, S. (2013): Small Works: Poverty and Economic Development in Southwest China by John A. Donaldson. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2011, 240p. $45.00 hardback, in: Journal of Chinese Political Science, 18:2, S. 217-218.

Habich, S. (2012): Floods and Farmers. Politics, Economics and Environmental Impacts of Dyke Construction in the Mekong Delta / Vietnam von Pham Cong Huu. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2011, 200 S., EUR 29.90, in: ASIEN: The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, 125, S. 134-135.



Habich, S. (2013): The Chant of the Shaman: Shamanic Rituals in Contemporary Taiwan, Asia-Pacific Newsletter, Association of Students of Asia-Pacific Studies, National Chengchi University.

Habich, S. (2009): Corporate Social Responsibility in der chinesischen Textilindustrie, (Corporate Social Responsibility in the Chinese Textile Industry), OPUS-Bayern, http://opus.bibliothek.uni-wuerzburg.de/volltexte/2009/3446/pdf/HabichSabrina_CSR.pdf