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Philip Nock, MA

Research Fellow and PhD Candidate (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer)


E-Mail: nock@uni-bonn.de
Telephone: +49 (0)228/73-5642
Address: Römerstraße 164, D-53117 Bonn, Germany
Twitter: @NockPhilip

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Philip Nock is a research fellow in the research group "Infrastructures of China's Modernity". He studied "History, Politics and Society" at the Universities of Bonn and St Andrews (UK) and completed his Master in "Political Science" in Bonn and Toronto. Philip Nock is doing his dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Xuewu Gu at the Department of International Relations and Prof. Maximilian Mayer. He is part of the research collective "The Second Cold War Observatory."

Prior to joining CASSIS, Philip Nock was a research assistant at the Chair of International Relations/Center for Global Studies at the University of Bonn and a desk officer at the Department of Europe and International Affairs of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, he gained further practical experience in Berlin and Brussels at think tanks, non-governmental organizations as well as in the Bundestag.

Research Interests

Theories of International Relations | International Order | Power Studies | International Security and Technology Policy | US-China Relations

Doctoral Project

To what extent are European middle powers responding to increasing strategic competition between China and the U.S. in security and technology policy? Why is it so difficult for U.S. governments to assert their preferences in 5G network rollout and semiconductor supply chains? What role does the quest for digital sovereignty play? In his dissertation "The Fate of Middle Powers in Systemic Competition. Neoclassical Realism, Sino-US Tech-competition, and how European Middle Powers respond," Philip Nock explores these questions through in-depth case studies of British, German, and Dutch politics.

Research Projects


  • Where are we heading? Eine junge Perspektive (49security), November 2022 (mit Maximilian Schranner et al.).
  • COVID-19 Border Restrictions and Cross-Border Care Relations: The Cases of Germany and Vietnam (Working Paper Series: Politics of Pandemics Care, 2), May 2022 (mit Katharina C. Cramer & Maximilian Mayer).
  • Politics of Pandemic Care: Exploring Disruption and Response in International Cross-Country Comparison (Working Paper Series: Politics of Pandemics Care, 1), April 2022 (mit Katharina C. Cramer & Maximilian Mayer).
  • Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft: Der US-Iran-Konflikt und die fehlenden Gesichter der Macht, September 2021, vol. 50, issue 3 (mit Christiane Heidbrink).
  • Center for Global Studies: International Competition for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), October 2019 (mit Xuewu Gu, Christiane Heidbrink, Ying Huang, Hendrik W. Ohnesorge und Andrej Pustovitovskij).
  • Center for Global Studies: Geopolitics and the Global Race for 5G, CGS Global Focus, Mai 2019 (mit Xuewu Gu, Christiane Heidbrink, Ying Huang, Hendrik W. Ohnesorge und Andrej Pustovitovskij).
  • Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik: EU-Canada relations on the rise. Mutual interests in security, trade and climate change, SWP Working Paper, Research Division EU / Europe | WP Nr. 03, October 2018 (mit Annegret Bendiek, Milena Geogios, Felix Schenuit und Laura von Daniels).

last updated: 08th Nov 2022

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