Ningjie Zhu

Doctoral Student & Research Fellow (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer)



Phone: +49 151 54351969

Address: Römerstraße 164, D-53117 Bonn, Germany


Ningjie Zhu studied International Studies and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He then went to KU Leuven to study International Politics with a focus on cross-strait relations. Since April 2022 he is employed as a research fellow at the University of Bonn and together with Prof. Maximilian Mayer responsible for the subproject "Infrastructure of Manipulation”.

Research Interests

Technopolitics | Social Control | Surveillance Studies | State-Society Relationships | Institutional Changes in Contemporary Chinese Studies | Political Mobilisation

Doctoral Project

In his dissertation, Ningjie Zhu explores the implications of the Chinese concept of 'Social Governance' to deepen the understanding of state-society relations in China under the leadership of the Xi administration. He argues that this shift in official Chinese discourse (from 'social management' to 'social governance') marks the beginning of a new phase in which innovative algorithmic solutions are widely deployed. The purpose of this is to strengthen the party-state's control over society and the internal "party apparatus" down to the grassroots level, which previously, after periods of reform and opening, threatened to slip away from the state.

Research Projects

Last updated: 14 December, 2022

Wird geladen