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Sinology in Würzburg

Dr. Hannes Gohli

Chair China Business and Economics, Research Assistant

Hannes Gohli is a research assistant at the Chair of China Business and Economics. His research is funded by the DFG.


Hannes Gohli completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Syddansk Universitet in Sønderborg Denmark and holds a Master of Science from the University of Würzburg, both in the fields of China Business and Economics. He then commenced his doctoral degree as part of the DFG-funded research project ‘Political Steering of Strategic Industries in China: Assessing renewable energy transition management’ with his dissertation focusing on the case of the Chinese smart grid.

Field of Research

His doctoral thesis focuses on understanding China's energy transition and how policies are designed at the centre in order to instigate change at the local level of government. His primary interests lie in sustainable development and urbanisation, as well as understanding the intricacies of policymaking in the People's Republic of China.


  • Gohli, Hannes (2024): 'Steering the Belt and Road’s Energy Mix: A Steering Theory Perspective on Chinese Energy Investments in Pakistan and Indonesia'. China Perspectives, 137 | 2024, 69-79.
  • Gohli, Hannes. (2022): 'High-voltage steering: China's energy market reforms, industrial policy tools and the 2021 electricity crisis'. Energy Research & Social Science 93: 102851. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2022.102851
  • Fischer, Doris/ Habich-Sobiegalla, Sabrina/ Gohli, Hannes (2021): 'Balancing Stability and Development: Industrial Policies under Xi Jinping'. Issues & Studies 57(4): 2150016. doi: 10.1142/S1013251121500168
  • Gohli, Hannes / Fischer, Doris (2019): 'Intentional Ambiguity in Chinese Policymaking: The Case of the Smart Grid Industry', in ASIEN Nr. 152/153 (2019).

Conference participation with paper presentation

  • International Sustainable Development Research Society. Nanjing, China / June 2019
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde. Bremen, Germany / November 2019


WS 2017/18
China Topics (Master)

SS 2021
Challenges of China’s Economic Rise (Bachelor)
Chinese Firms in Global Markets (Master)

WS 2021/22
Business and Finance (Master)
Challenges of Sustainable Development (Master)

SS 2022
Management in China (Bachelor)
Challenges of China's Economic Rise (Bachelor)

WS 2022/23
Business and Finance (Master)
China's National Innovation System (Master)
Chinese Economic Discourse Analyses (Master)