Kristin Shi-Kupfer
Research Director Politics and Society, MERICS Lab
Kristin Shi-Kupfer

Kristin Shi-Kupfer heads MERICS’ research area on Public Policy and Society and the MERICS Lab. She is an expert on China’s digital politics, media policy, civil society and human rights.  

She previously worked as a research associate at the University of Freiburg’s Institute for Sinology. She earned her PhD from Ruhr University Bochum with a thesis on spiritual and religious groups in China after 1978. From 2007 to 2011 she was based in Beijing covering China for various German-speaking media like the Austrian magazine Profil, the German Protestant Press Agency epd or the public radio station Deutsche Welle. 

Since 2019 she is a member of the Sino-German Working Group on Digital Business Models initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

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Kristin Shi-Kupfer

Research Director Politics and Society, MERICS Lab

Kristin Shi-Kupfer heads MERICS’ research area on Public Policy and Society and the MERICS Lab. She is an expert on China’s digital politics, media policy, civil society and human rights.  

She previously worked as a research associate at the University of Freiburg’s Institute for Sinology. She earned her PhD from Ruhr University Bochum with a thesis on spiritual and religious groups in China after 1978. From 2007 to 2011 she was based in Beijing covering China for various German-speaking media like the Austrian magazine Profil, the German Protestant Press Agency epd or the public radio station Deutsche Welle. 

Since 2019 she is a member of the Sino-German Working Group on Digital Business Models initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

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