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Philipp Immel, M.A.

Chair of Contemporary Chinese Studies, Research Assistant


Philipp C. D. Immel is a research assistant with teaching responsibilities at the Chair of Contemporary Chinese Studies. His research is funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and the Marianne Plehn Program (Elite Network of Bavaria). Since 2021, he is an elected board member of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA) and an elected representative of the DGA’s Young Scholars Group, and has been a member of the Association for Social Science Research on China (ASC) within the DGA since 2019. Additionally, he is a member of the DLR_Graduate_Program at the German Aerospace Center.


Philipp has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and Chinese from the University of Bonn and a Master of Arts in Chinese Studies (Distinction) from the University of Würzburg. From 2014 to 2015, he studied at Jilin University in Changchun and during the winter semester 2017/18 at Peking University. After graduating, he spent the summer semester of 2019 at Sophia University in Tokyo.

Field of Research

His doctoral thesis focuses on the Social Credit System as a new form of social governance in China, examining how power relations are shifted between the overseeing agent and subjects of the system, how they are shifted between the subjects themselves, and how localities interpret and implement the top-level directives in concrete terms.

His primary research interests are in social change, social governance and policy in China, and in social theory.


Immel, Philipp C.D. “High-Modernist Urban Planning in Beijing for Population Control.” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 49, no. 3 (December 2020): 291–311.

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