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 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
View Armin Scheer's profile at
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 Mathias Lund Larsen's profile at
Mathias Lund Larsen
Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
Topic: The Political Economy of Governing Green Finance in China
Starting date: 1 December 2020
View Alexandra Elena Carst's profile at
Alexandra Elena Carst
Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University
Topic: Innovation Ecosystems in Sino-Danish Perspective
Starting date: 16 December 2019
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
View Federico Jensen's profile at
Federico Jensen
Department of Organization, CBS
Topic: Green Ports, sustainability in global maritime transport and it’s Chinese characteristics
Starting date: 1 December 2019
View Mirel Tatomir's profile at
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
View Mikkel Rønnow Mouritzen's profile at
Mikkel Rønnow Mouritzen
Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University
Topic: Transnational Talent Mobility in Sport and Innovation
Starting date: 1 August 2018