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    Harald Conrad is Sasakawa Lecturer in Japan’s Economy and Management at the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies. Prior to his appointment at Sheffield in June 2008, he was Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu from 2007 to 2008 and Deputy Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo from 2005 to 2007. His research focuses on Japanese social policy, human resource management and economic issues relating to demographic change. His latest book publications are The Demographic Challenge – a Handbook about Japan, Brill 2008 (co-editor and author) and Human Resource Management in Ageing Societies, Palgrave 2008 (co-editor and author). His latest and forthcoming articles on Japanese pay system and occupational pension reform are in the Social Science Japan Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Journal of Social Policy. Since April 2011, he is co-editor of Japan Forum.

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    Rudiger Frank is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Vice Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Korea University and the University of North Korean Studies (Kyungnam University) in Seoul. He holds an M.A. in Korean Studies, Economics and International Relations and a Ph.D. in Economics. In 1991/1992, he spent one semester as a language student at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang and has been researching North Korea ever since. Visiting Professorships included Columbia University New York and Korea University Seoul. He is a Council member and for the 2011-2013 period the Secretary of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE). He is Deputy Chief Editor of the A-ranked European Journal of East Asian Studies, co-editor of the annual book “Korea: Politics, Economy and Society” (Brill), Member of the Editorial Board for the book series “Brill’s Korean Studies Library”, an Associate at “The Asia Pacific Journal”, Member of the Editorial Board of “Korea Review of International Studies”, Co-Founder and Member of the Editorial Board, “Vienna Graduate Journal of East Asian Studies” and “Vienna Studies on East Asia”. His major research fields are socialist transformation in East Asia and Europe (with a focus on North Korea), state-business relations in East Asia, and regional integration in East Asia. His most recent books are: (with S. Burghart, eds.) “Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation: North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia” (Vienna: Praesens 2010) and (ed.): “Exploring North Korean Arts” (Nuremberg: Verlag fuer Moderne Kunst). Prof. Frank is regularly consulted by governments, media and businesses on North Korea and East Asia. Most recently, this included consultancy work and a background policy paper for The Elders in preparation for the visit by President Martti Ahtisaari, Prime Minister Gro Brundtland, President Jimmy Carter and President Mary Robinson to the Korean Peninsula and China. In June 2011, he joined the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Korea. 

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    Christian Göbel is a postdoctoral research fellow at Lund University’s Centre for East and South East Asian Studies. He has been trained in Political Science and Modern China Studies in Erlangen, Taipei, Heidelberg and Duisburg. Prior to his engagement in Lund, he served as assistant professor at the Institute for East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, and as visiting assistant professor at the Institute for Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University.
    Christian has just published a monograph that explains the outcomes of recent reform policies aimed at curbing the unregulated and frequently illegal extractions that have plagued China’s peasants throughout history ("The Politics of Rural Reform in China: State Policy and Village Predicament in the Early 2000s," Abingdon/New York: Routledge 2010). Another recent monograph, co-authored with Thomas Heberer, is concerned with institutional reforms at China’s urban neighborhood level ("The Politics of Community Building in Urban China, Abingdon/New York: Routledge 2011). His other publications address rural reforms and central-local relations in China, corruption in Taiwan, and the consolidation of authoritarian regimes.
    His current projects examine the role of policy entrepreneurs in public policy innovation in rural China and the political economy of development processes in autocracies. In addition, he is the principal researcher in a SIDA- funded research subproject on industrialization and labour policy in Greater China and Vietnam.

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    Seán Golden, Full Professor of East Asian Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain; former Dean, Faculty of Translation & Interpreting (UAB); Director, Institute for International & Intercultural Studies (UAB); Associate Senior Research Fellow for Asia, CIDOB Foundation of Barcelona; Associate Professor, Barcelona Institute for International Studies; Adviser, ASEM Education Hub, Asia Europe Foundation; Adviser, Casa Asia (Asia House), Barcelona; Board of Directors, Venice International University; Board of Trustees, Fundación Consejo España China; Editorial Board, Anuario Asia-Pacífico; Editorial Board, Clàssics de l'Orient; Executive Committee, EastAsiaNet. Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut (USA). Director, Asia Seminar, Menéndez-Pelayo International University in Barcelona, 2002-2008; Co-organiser, 7th ASEF University, Barcelona, November 2002. Frequent visiting professor and external examiner. Publications in various languages and research projects on comparative cultural studies and the construction of Chinese political discourse. Collaborates with Spanish and European institutions and media as an expert on China.

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    Jesse Hearns-Branaman is currently a final-year PhD researcher at the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds, England. He has an MA from University of Nottingham and BA from San Francisco State University. He has also previously worked at Zhejiang University, Zhejiang Wanli University and the University of Nottingham campus, all in Ningbo, China. His research interests include comparative news media studies (China, USA, and UK), democracy and media, journalism, the Propaganda Model, as well as post-structuralist, epistemological, and psychoanalytic theories. He has previously published in the Westminster Papers on Communication and Culture and the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies.

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    Carmen Amado Mendes is professor and head of the International Relations Group at the School of Economics and leading researcher on the project titled: An analysis of the “One Country, Two Systems” formula, the role of Macau in China´s relations with the European Union and the Portuguese Speaking Countries, Centre of Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra; member of the Board of the European Association for Chinese Studies and president of the International Relations Section of the Portuguese Political Science Association. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her Master degree from the Institut des Hautes Études Européennes, Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg. Her fields of research focus on China’s foreign policy, EU-China relations and Macau. She was a Visiting Professor of the University of Macau and a founder of the consulting company ChinaLink and of the Observatory of China in Portugal.

    Carmen Amado MENDES will serve as a discussant at Panel 2/2 "Western Theory Meets East Asian Reality: Relevance and Applicability". Click here for the program.

    Stephan Si-Hwan Park is Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. His academic interests include the interrelations between moral education, social cohesion and political communication in East Asia. Furthermore he is interested in the impact of human capital formation processes  on society in Japan, Korea and China. Stephan Si-Hwan Park received an M.A. in East Asian Economy and Society from the University of Vienna and an M.A. in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein, Austria. From 2006 to 2007 he worked as an Event Manager in New York and Munich. His current research focuses on governance of moral education in East Asia.

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    Werner Pascha is Full Professor of East Asian Economic Studies/Japan and Korea at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany; assigned to the Mercator School of Business and to the (university-level) Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST), of which he is currently the deputy director. He studied economics at the University of Freiburg, Germany, at the London School of Economics and Political Science at Nagoya University, Japan. He is a Scientific Member of Graduate Training College 1613 (“Risk and East Asia”) of the German Research Foundation (DFG), at UDE. Recent visiting professorships and fellowships include Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Seoul; Center for Northeast Asia Economic Cooperation (CNAEC Visiting Fellowship), and Doshisha University, Kyoto (JSPS Invitation Fellowship). Honorary activities include: Member of the Steering Group and of the Executive Board, EastAsiaNet (European Research School Network of Contemporary East Asian Studies); Honorary President, International Internship Platform KOPRA; Trustee, JaDe Foundation for German-Japanese cultural and academic relations, and Co-editor in chief of the Asia Europe Journal, published by Springer. His research interests cover political economy of institutional change in Japan and Korea, and international economic relations within and with the East-Asian region.

    Werner PASCHA will serve as a discussant at Panel 1 "The Future of Higher Education on East Asia: Concepts and Experiences". Click here for the program.


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