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 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 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 Gro Thorbjørn Berg Sørensen's profile at
Gro Thorbjørn Berg Sørensen
Department of Technology, Management and Economics, DTU
Topic: Navigating Cultural Differences in Responsible Innovation within AI
Starting date: 02 November 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 Sebastian Sørensen's profile at
Sebastian Sørensen
International Business Group, Aalborg University
Topic: Danish MNC subsidiaries: Forming and managing strategic collaborations with actors in China
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 Andreas Michael Østerby-Jørgensen's profile at
Andreas Michael Østerby-Jørgensen
Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University
Topic: Perceptions of Social Justice in China
Starting date: 1 December 2018
View Alexander Linyu Qi Chen's profile at
Alexander Linyu Qi Chen
Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
Topic: A Critical Spatial Perspective on China's Uneven Transition Towards Post-Industrial Development
Starting date: 1 December 2018
View Annesofie Lindskov's profile at
Annesofie Lindskov
Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University
Topic: Innovation and Hyper-Competition in a Global Context
Starting date: 1 December 2018
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
View Primoz Konda's profile at
Primoz Konda
Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University
Topic: Catching-up process in electric vehicle industry in China
Starting date: 1 September 2017
View Benjamin Cedric Larsen's profile at
Benjamin Cedric Larsen
Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School
Topic: China 4.0 – Strategic Emerging Industries – Between Regulation and Innovation
Starting date: 15 April 2017