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Jelena Große-Bley


Institut für Chinastudien

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


Fabeckstr. 23 -25
Raum 1.1126
14195 Berlin

Jelena Große-Bley holds a M.A. in Modern East Asian Studies from Georg-August Universität (Göttingen) and a M.Sc. in Environmental Management from The University of Hong Kong. Before joining the China Studies Institute at Freie Universität (Berlin) in 2018, she spent a number of years studying and working in various locations across Greater China, including two years at Peking University (Beijing). A range of different topics at the intersection of social and environmental issues feature in her scholarly work. Her current research interests include digital and environmental governance, food systems and land management, knowledge generation and networks, as well as an eclectic array of perspectives concerned with shedding new light on the nature-human relationship. She worked or interned at different institutions, including Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, Beijing), Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS) and German-Chinese Institute for Legal Studies (DCIR).

She is a PhD candidate at Humboldt University of Berlin and a member of its THESys Graduate Program at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) since 2020. Her PhD project is under the current working title "Climate change adaptation in China's agriculture - The production and role of local environmental knowledge".

Curriculum Vitae

Since July 2018 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Freie Universität Berlin
2017-2018 Master of Science in Environmental Management, The University of Hong Kong; thesis title “The concept of ‘regenerative agriculture’ and its potential for mitigating climate change: a review“
2015-2017 Master of Arts in Modern East Asian Studies, Georg-August University (Göttingen); one year exchange at Peking University (Beijing) and field studies; thesis title “Of Hands and Minds: Knowledge systems and cultural capital in China’s pursuit of modernizing agriculture
2011-2015 Bachelor in Sinology, Georg-August University (Göttingen); one year exchange at Peking University (Beijing)
2010-2015 German legal studies, Georg-August University (Göttingen)


  • Digital and environmental governance
  • food systems and land management
  • sustainability and climate change
  • science and technology studies
  • critical ecology
  • Focus Region: China