Social Sciences

The research area covers a number of different disciplines including politics, sociology, economics, law and political economy. In line with the SDC framework the social science theme is dominated by a cross-disciplinary approach focusing on two major themes: Welfare and Innovation Management.

Public Management and Social Development

A broad group of political economists, sociologists, economists, and political scientists focus on comparing welfare regimes, institutional competitiveness, and social innovation. This theme is divided into five areas in which several research projects are emerging.

1) Welfare regimes, the organisation of welfare, institutional competitiveness, and social innovation

2) The labor market and the tension between social security and economic efficiency

3) Welfare reforms and the mixed economy of welfare

4) Business regimes and social innovation

5) Building national competitiveness through public sector regimes

Innovation Management

The theme Innovation Management is approached from a cross-disciplinary perspective and focuses on three areas:

1) Innovation Systems

2) Innovation related to business systems in a cross-cultural perspective

3) Company level innovation and innovation management

PhD students

SDC PhD students play an important role in the research collaboration. They all work with both a Danish and a Chinese supervisor, do research in both countries and contribute to teaching the Master’s programmes at SDC in Beijing. This close connection provides the PhD students with a unique opportunity to establish personal and professional relationships and bring Danish and Chinese research environments closer together.

Principal Coordinators

Stine Haakonsson

Associate Professor

Department of Business and Politics

Copenhagen Business School


Phone: +45 38 15 31 24

Zhao Hong

Professor and Vice Dean

Management School of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences


To discuss proposals for research activities, which can strengthen SDC's activities within the research area or the related Master’s programmes, please contact the Principal Coordinators.

Master's programmes

PhD students

View Suman Ammara Maqbool's profile at

Suman Ammara Maqbool

Department of Economics, SDU

Topic: Decision Making under uncertainty

Starting date: 31 December 2023

View Sophie Wiggo Hoffritz's profile at

Sophie Wiggo Hoffritz

Department of Organization, CBS

Topic: The benefits and disadvantages of international science collaboration: a case study in Sino-Danish AI collaboration

Starting date: 1 December 2023

View Mihaela Roibu's profile at

Mihaela Roibu

Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School

Topic: Organizing innovation in China: from monopoly in REEs mining to leadership in green technologies

Starting date: 1 December 2022

View Sergei Mozheiko's profile at

Sergei Mozheiko

Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University.

Topic: Framing Business Model Changes in a Multinational Incumbent

Starting date: 15 August 2022

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Armin Scheer

Department of International Economics, Government and Business, Copenhagen Business School.

Topic: The Chinese Model of State-led Development of Artificial Intelligence Technologies

Starting date: 1 December 2021

View Giovanni Giamello's profile at

Giovanni Giamello

Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University

Topic: Chinese labour migration to Italy: How Chinese immigrants in Prato keep their businesses in new settings

Starting date: 1 November 2021

View Arnthor Gunnarsson's profile at

Arnthor Gunnarsson

Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University

Topic: Roles and interactions between actors in innovation systems for digitalization of manufacturing

Starting date: 15 December 2020

View Ivan Nechaev's profile at

Ivan Nechaev

Aalborg University Business School, Department of Business and Management

Topic: Assessment of social impact from implementation of Artificial Intelligence technologies

Starting date: 9 December 2020

View Eskil Olav Andersen's profile at

Eskil Olav Andersen

Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University

Topic: Emerging Ecosystems in AI Driven Educational Technology – A Scope of Sociology of Technology

Starting date: 15 December 2019

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Mirel Tatomir

Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University

Topic: CSR, Industry Competition and Firm performance: A Global Perspective

Starting date: 1 November 2020

View Alexander Ahrenkiel Bendt Støvenbæk's profile at

Alexander Ahrenkiel Bendt Støvelbæk

Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University

Topic: Studies of culture and learning in bi-/multicultural higher education learning environments

Starting date: 15 September 2018