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Dr. Wiebke Rabe


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

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Wiebke Rabe is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on local governance, political economy, the internationalization of Chinese enterprises and Chinese infrastructure provision at home and abroad. Previously, she was a Research Associate at the Hertie School of Governance and a guest researcher at Nanjing University and Zhejiang University. She gained further work experience with the Mercator Institute for China Studies, the Austrian Embassy in Beijing, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, Beijing. She completed her doctoral dissertation in Political Science at the Hertie School (summa cum laude), holds an M.A. in Conflict Studies from Utrecht University (with distinction) and a B.A. in European Studies from the University of Bremen. Her doctoral research and studies were funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

Curriculum Vitae

Since 04/2019 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

09/2015-03/2019 Dr. rer. Pol., Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Summa cum laude

Dissertation: Interests, Institutions and Provincial Outward FDI in China: Evidence from Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

01/2015-01/2017 Research Associate, Hertie School of Governance

09/2012-08/2013 M.A. Conflict Studies, Utrecht University

With distinction (GPA 4 out of 4)

10/2007 – 08/2010 B.A. European Studies, University of Bremen

Very good

2016 - 2018: Guest researcher at School of Business, Nanjing University; Center for Research of Private Economy, Zhejiang University

2009 - 2012: Semesters abroad at Saint Petersburg State University; University of Groningen; Peking University

2009 - 2014: Work experience with the Austrian Embassy Beijing; China University of Political Science and Law; Natural Resources Defense Council Beijing; Mercator Institute for China Studies


German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes):

  • PhD Scholarship
  • China-Scholarship Programme
  • M.A. Graduate Scholarship

Haniel Foundation and the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt:

Go East Scholarship, Russia

Research interests

  • Foreign investment
  • Infrastructure provision
  • Local governance
  • Political economy
  • China


Research projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Rabe, W. and Gippner, O. (2017): Perceptions of China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment in Europe’s Critical Infrastructure and Strategic Industries, International Politics, 54 (4), 468-486.


  • Rabe, W., Kostka, G. and Smith Stegen, K. (2017): China’s Supply of Critical Raw Materials: Risks for Europe’s Wind and Solar Industries? Energy Policy, 101, 692-699.