Author biographies

David Bandurski

David Bandurski is Co-Director of the China Media Project, a research program in partnership with the Journalism & Media Studies Center at the University of Hong Kong that specializes in the study of Chinese media development and political discourse. His books include Dragons in Diamond Village (Penguin/Melville House), a work of reportage on urban development in China, and Investigative Journalism in China.


Katja Drinhausen

Katja Drinhausen is Senior Analyst and research coordinator on Chinese Politics & Society at the Mercator Institute of China Studies (MERICS). Katja’s research focuses on the development of China’s legal and governance system, including digital governance and human rights in China. Katja studied Sinology, Chinese and international law, receiving her LL.M. from China University of Political Science and Law. Before joining MERICS, she worked as a researcher and project coordinator for the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Beijing, organizing political and academic exchange with Chinese partner institutions.


Jerker Hellström

Jerker Hellström is Director of the Swedish Center for China Studies, where he focuses on China’s foreign relations and industrial policies. He previously worked as Deputy Research Director at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), where he headed the Asia and Middle East Programme. During 2014-2015, Jerker worked as a Deputy Director at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Office for Strategic Analysis, where he held the China portfolio. A journalist by training, Jerker worked as a Reuters correspondent in Shanghai and Stockholm during 2001- 2008.


Malin Oud

Malin Oud is Director of the Stockholm office of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, where she also heads the Institute’s China Programme. She has worked with human rights and sustainable development in China for more than 20 years in different capacities, and was based in Beijing in 2000-2009. She studied Chinese language, Chinese law and international human rights law in Lund, Kunming, and London, and has an MA in International Development from Melbourne University. Malin is a Member of the Advisory Boards of Mercator Institute for China Studies and the Hong Kong-based NGO China Labour Bulletin.


Marina Rudyak

Marina Rudyak is an Assistant Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies at Heidelberg University, Center for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS). Her research focuses on Chinese foreign aid and development lending policy, the implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and China in Central Asia and Africa. Previously she worked for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Beijing (2009-2013) and in Bishkek (2006-2007). She studied Modern and Classical Chinese Studies and International Law in Heidelberg and Shanghai, and holds an MA and a PhD in Chinese Studies from Heidelberg University. She also runs the China Aid Blog (