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Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer

Junior-Professor of International Relations and Global Politics of Technology


E-Mail: maximilian.mayer@uni-bonn.de
Phone: +49 (0)228/73-5640
Address: Römerstraße 164, D-53117 Bonn, Room 4.011b
Website: Institut für Politische Wissenschaft und Soziologie
Twitter: @mayer_iras

Office Hours and Profile

Office hours

During the lecture-free period, the office hours take place online (via Zoom or Skype) every Thursday between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. or by prior appointment. Registration via email (nock@uni-bonn.de) required. Contact: Room 4.011b, Phone: +49 (0)228 73 5640.


Dr. Maximilian Mayer is Junior-Professor of International Relations and Global Politics of Technology at University of Bonn. He was assistant professor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (2019-2020). He is also research fellow at Renmin University Beijing (2018-2020), worked as Research Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai (2015-2018) and was senior researcher at the Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University Munich (2018-2019). Maximilian worked at the Bonn University’s Center for Global Studies (CGS) as managing assistant and senior fellow (2009-2015). Maximilian holds a master degree from Ruhr University Bochum and obtained his PhD at Bonn University. His research interests include the global politics of science, innovation, and technology; China’s foreign and energy policy; global energy and climate politics; theories of International Relations. Maximilian presents regularly at international conferences, publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals, and has authored seven books including China’s Energy Thirst: Myth or Reality? (2007 together with Xuewu Gu), Changing orders: transdiciplinary analysis of global and local realities (2008, co-editer), two-volumes on The Global Politics of Science and Technology (2014, lead editor). He is coeditor of Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics (Palgrave, 2016) and edited Rethinking the Silk-Road: Chinas Belt and Road Initiative and Emerging Eurasian Relations (Palgrave, 2018). Maximilian was visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School, Program on Science, Technology and Society, and section co-chair of STAIR (Science, Technology, Arts and international relations) of the International Studies Association (2015-2017) and STAIR program chair (2014-2015). Furthermore, he is part of the research group The Second Cold War Observatory.

Full CV here. More information on the website of the Institute for Political Science and Sociology.

Research Interests

  • Role of science and technology in International Relations 
  • Chinas foreign and energy politics 
  • Global enviroment and climate politics 

Research Projects and Events

Ongoing Research Projects

Former Research Projects

Selected Events

Current Teaching

Summer Semester 2024


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Anna Böhmer

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Dr. Katharina C. Cramer

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Elena Grozdanovska

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Yen-Chi Lu

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Mara Nazaretyan

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Philip Nock

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Frederik Schmitz

Energy technology, climate change, and security in Anthropocene

Prof. Dr Maximilian Mayer & Dr. Susanne Peters discuss the security implications arising from the interplay between energy security, new energy technologies and the dynamics of climate change in an article for the newly published "Handbook on Climate Change and International Security", 

Illusionen der Autonomie? Europas Position in den globalen digitalen Abhängigkeitsstrukturen

Prof. Dr Maximilian Mayer & Yen-Chi Lu, PhD student at CASSIS, discuss in their article for
SIRIUS - Journal for Strategic Analyses, they discuss Europe's position within the structures of global digital dependency. To do so, they draw on the "Digital Dependence Index", a measurement of the dependencies of various countries in the field of digital technologies.

Special Issue: Politics of Memory, Heritage, and Diversity in Modern China

Under the editorship of Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer Guest, the Special Issue "Politics of Memory, Heritage, and Diversity in Modern China" was recently published in the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. In various articles and in the introduction by Maximilian Mayer & Karolina Pawlik, the Special Issue addresses questions of the interaction between collective memory and Chinese identity, cultural modernisation and political mobilisation.

China’s Bifurcated Space Diplomacy and Institutional Density

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer and Kunhan Li, coctoral candidate at the University of Nottingham — Ningbo, China, investigate Chinese space diplomacy and its bifurcation between institutionalised multilateral cooperation and state-centric bilateral co-operation.

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