Elisa Hoerhager

External Collaborator / Former Research Fellow at the Professorship for Political Science with the Focus on Area Studies China/East Asia

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Empirical Study: Disaster Victims


German Embassy Beijing

Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Peking
17, Dongzhimenwai Dajie /
17 东直门外大街
Chaoyang District / 朝阳区
Beijing/ 北京 100600


Email: ehorhager(at)googlemail.com




Project related research

In my work for the project I am focusing on the case of disaster victims in China. In this research, I am taking into account aspects of vulnerability and the societal negotiation of risk, social justice and political legitimacy, as it is articulated around various types of disasters.

Other research interests

In general, I am interested in concepts of social justice and risk and how they are articulated across social movements and in public policy.  My current research interests also lie in the areas of EU-Asia international relations, and in particular EU-China relations. 


Employment history

Since Aug 2016

Chief of protocol, German Embassy Beijing

Jul 2014 - Jul 2016

Research Fellow at the Professorship for Political Science with the Focus on Area Studies China/East Asia, Faculty of Social Siences (Institute for Political Science), Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Sep 2012

Freelance project staff and translations, Confucius Institute Freiburg

Jan 2013 -
Mar 2013

Intern, Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Dept. EU Enlargement and Foreign Policy

Aug 2010 –
Feb 2011

Trainee, EU Delegation to China, Beijing, Political Section

 Academic background

Sept 2013 –
Jul 2014

Postgraduate M.A. EU International Relations & Diplomacy, College of Europe, Bruges

Sept 2011 –
Sept 2013

M.A. Applied Political Science, Diplôme de Sciences Po, Double degree bilingual program, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and IEP Aix-en-Provence (France)

Sept 2007 –
Aug 2012

B.A. Applied Political Science, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and IEP Aix-en-Provence

Sept 2008 –
Aug 2010

B.A. Sinology, Liaoning University Shenyang (China), Université Aix-Marseille (France)

Scholarships, Projects, Awards

Nov 2013 –
Mar 2014

Project: TEDxCollegeOfEurope conference manager

Sept 2013 –
Jul 2013

Full scholarship: for the College of Europe awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Award: Public Choice Award, TEDx Strasbourg University


Award: 1st Prize, Chinese Bridge Competition, Germany


Project: Women’s Rights NGO exchange project, EU Delegation Beijing

Sept 2007 –
Sept 2013

Scholarship by the Franco-German University organization (Deutsch-Französische Hochschule)


Since 2012

German Association for Asian Studies (DGA)


Mar 2012 –
Aug 2012

Chinese language teacher (A1 and A2), Confucius Institute Freiburg

Mar 2012 –
August 2012

“History of Political Ideas and Political Theory”, Tutorial, Dept. Prof. Dr. Riescher for Political Theory, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

Dec 2010 –
Mar 2011

International Business Communication, Assistant lecturer for Prof. Shi Yongheng, Tsinghua University, Beijing




“China-ASEAN Relations and the South-China Sea: Beyond Balancing and Bandwagoning?” in: Fels, E., and Truong-Minh, V. (Eds.), A Regional Power Shift in the Making? The Rise of China and the South China Sea Disputes, Springer, Berlin, pp. 359-386.

2015  “Political Implications of Natural Disasters: Regime Consolidation and Political Contestation”, in Sener, S.M., Brebbia, C. A., Ozcevik, O. (Eds.), Disaster Management and Human Health Risk IV, WIT Press, Southampton, pp. 271-281.
2015 “The EU Pivot towards Southeast Asia: Between Regional Integration and Security Dynamics”, Brill edited volume (revised and resubmitted)
2014 “Political Implications of Natural Disasters: Regime Consolidation and Political Contestation”, Volume 150 of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, 2014, p. 271-281.
2013 Rezension: Nora Sausmikat, Klaus Fritsche (Hrsg.), Civil Society in European-Chinese Relations: Challenges of Cooperation, ASIEN (218), p. 120.
2012 Die jungen „Digital Natives“ Südostasiens, Südostasien (4), p. 3-5.


Talks at academic Conferences, Seminars, Workshops

October 7 - 8, 2016        International Conference “Protecting the Weak – Concepts and East Asian Evidence”, Lingnan University, Hong Kong: (with Hüppe-Moon, Stefan) “Protecting the Weak in Contemporary Political Philosophy”
Apr 7-10, 2016       74th Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, USA: (with Aldrich, Daniel and Forester, Summer) “Triggers for Policy Change: The 3.11 Fukushima Meltdowns and Global Nuclear Policy”
Nov 20 - 21, 2015 Research Network "Governance in China" and Association for Social Science
Research on China (ASC), Joint International Conference, Wuerzburg: “From gradual change to critical junctures: Managing disasters in the People’s Republic of China”
Oct 20 - 22, 2015. Public lecture within the framework of the “Lecture Series on Disasters”  of the Southwest Minorities University in Chengdu, China:“Institutionalization Processes of Disaster Risk Reduction in the PRC”
Oct 16 - 18, 2015 Comparative study of disasters and upheavals: Perceptions and responses”, Chengdu, China: “Identifying Disaster Agency: The Definitional Struggles Surrounding Natural Hazards”
May 20 - 22, 2015 International Conference on Disaster Management, organized by Wessex Institute at the Technical University of Istanbul: “Political Implications of Natural Disasters: Regime Consolidation and Political Contestation”
Feb 27- 28, 2015 China and the Environment in the Social Sciences (CHESS) at the University of Vienna, Austria: “Disaster Risk Reduction and the Changing Roles of State and Civil Society in the PRC”
Jan 14 - 16, 2015 Tokyo Conference on International Study for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, organized by Science Council of Japan, UNISDR, IRDR and The University of Tokyo: “The politicization of disasters and its effects on disaster vulnerability and resilience: a case study of Wenchuan earthquake”
Jun 17-19, 2014 Young Scholar’s Roundtable, EU-Asia Centre and ECRAN, presentation of research: “Trust and Distrust in EU-China relations
Mar 9, 2014 Conference of the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG), “East Asia and the European Union: strong Economics, weak Politics?”, Paper: „Scenarios of EU Engagement in South East Asia“