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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 Covid-19 pandemic office hours will be held online (via Zoom or Skype) every Thursday from 10:00-11:30 am or by appointment. Registration via email (nock@uni-bonn.de) required. Contact: Room 4.011b, Phone: +49 (0)228 73 5640.

Regular office hours (4.011b): Tuesday 9:00-13:00 and Wednesday 13:00-17:00.


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

Winter Semester 2023/24


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China’s Cyberpower and its Impact

Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer and Prof. Josef Gregory Mahoney, Professor of Politics and International Relations at East China Normal University, have edited a Special Issue of the Journal on Chinese Political Science.

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.

Assessing the Financial and Geoeconomic Implications of China’s Digital Currency

Together with Amir Elalouf, Maximilian Mayer has contributed a chapter called "Assessing the Financial and Geoeconomic Implications of China’s Digital Currency" in a publication edited by Tim Rühlig. It highlights the possible effects of the e-CNY on European security, values and competitiveness, and recommends steps to improve Europe’s economic and technological stance.

Infrastructuring Cyberspace: Exploring China’s Imaginary and Practices of Selective Connectivity

Nicolas Huppenbauer, Dr. Ying Huang and Prof. Maximilian Mayer explore the tension between digital fragmentations and connectivity in Chinese cyberspace and introduce a new term "selective connectivity".

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