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Dr. Julia Gurol

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Julia Gurol is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Chair for International Relations (Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi) since October 2020. Previously she has worked as a research associate and lecturer at the Chair for Multilevel Governance (2017-2020). In her PhD thesis, which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Diana Panke and Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Rüland, she analysed EU-China security relations in the context of global tensions.

Besides working for the Chair, Julia Gurol is an associated fellow and policy advisor on China's role in the Middle East and Chinese security policy towards the region at the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) in Bonn. Before, she has worked a.o. for the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in a project on arms export control. 

Her research interests are China's international relations and political economy, foreign and security policy, transregional authoritarian practices, international security and the politics of infrastructure and connectivity, with a regional focus on China and the Global South.

Academic CV

since 06/2022

Member of the Young Academy

since 10/2020

Researcher at the Chair for International Relations, University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi)

2021/22: PI of the research project "Global autocratic collaboration in t imes of COVID-19" (with Thomas Demmelhuber & Tobias Zumbrägel; funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation)

2021/22: Coordinator of the research project "Populist discourses on COVID-19 in the Global South" (PI: Sandra Destradi; funded by the DFG)

03/2022: Visiting fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)


Researcher at the Chair for Multilevel Governance, University of Freiburg

PhD thesis: "Against all odds? EU-China security relations in the context of political tensions" (supervised by: Prof. Dr. Diana Panke, Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Rüland)

03/2019: Guest researcher, Center for EU and German Studies, Tongji University. Shanghai (China)

seit 10/2018

Associate fellow at the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO)

09/2015 – 09/2016
Project assistant at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
10/2015 – 09/2017

MA Political Science, University of Bonn

Second Degree BA Asian and Islamic Studies, University of Bonn

0/2011 – 06/2012

BA Politics, Sociology and Media, University of Düsseldorf


Research interests

  • China's international relations and political economy
  • global authoritarianism/ authoritarian practices
  • infrastructure & connectivity
  • international security
  • China / MENA / Global South


eu-china security paradox  


  *Gurol, Julia (2022): The EU-China Security Paradox: Cooperation Against All Odds?  Bristol, UK:       Bristol University Press. 

Journal articles:
  • *Gurol, Julia & Schuetze, Benjamin (2022). Infrastructuring Authoritarian Power: Arab-Chinese Transregional Collaboration Beyond the State. In: International Quarterly of Asian Studies, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 231-249.
  • *Gurol, Julia; Zumbrägel, Tobias & Demmelhuber, Thomas (2022). Elite Networks and the Transregional Dimension of Authoritarianism: Sino-Emirati Collaboration in Times of a Global Pandemic. In: Journal of Contemporary China.  DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2022.2052444
  • *Grimmel, Andreas & Gurol, Julia (2021). Beyond the Duality of Normativity and Pragmatism: A Practice-Based Reading of European and Chinese Foreign Policy. In: European Review of International Studies, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 327-352. 
  • *Gurol, Julia & Starkmann, Anna (2021). New partners for the planet? The European Union and China in International Climate Governance from a Role-Theoretical Perspective. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 518-534. DOI: 10.1111/jcms.13098. 
  • *Gurol, Julia & Wetterich, Cita (2020). Feldforschung in sensiblen Sicherheitskontexten: Einblicke aus China und dem südlichen Mittelmeerraum. Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Vol. 27., No. 2, p 1-15, DOI: 10.5771/0946-7165-2020-2-1.
  • Gurol, Julia (2020). Beyond dichotomy? Towards conceptual and theoretical variety in EU-China research. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft. DOI: 10.1007/s41358-020-00226-3. 
  • *Gurol, Julia (2020): The roles of the EU and China in the security architecture of the Middle East. Chinese Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1. DOI: 10.1080/25765949.2020.1728969.
Book chapters:
  • Gurol, Julia & Rodríguez, Fabricio (forthcoming). Infrastructure, Development and the Environment: The Belt and Road Initiative and its 'Promise' of Connectivity for the Global South. In: Handbook on International Development and Environment (ed. Benedicte Bull), Edward Elgar Publishing. 
  • Gurol, Julia (forthcoming): China-Maghreb Relations: South-South Cooperation or Authoritarian Advancement?, in: Handbook on China-MENA Relations, Yahia Zoubir (ed). Routledge.
  • Gurol, Julia & Destradi, Sandra (forthcoming): South-South Cooperation: Between Cooperation on Eye-Level and Accusations of Neo-Colonialism, in: Regionalism and Global Governance, Jürgen Rüland & Astrid Carrapatoso (eds). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Gurol, Julia & Grimmel, Andreas (forthcoming): Chinese Multilateralism. In: BRICS, the EU and Multilateralism, Helen Sjursen (ed). Routledge. 
  • Demmelhuber, Thomas, Gurol, Julia & Zumbrägel, Tobias (2022): The Corona temptation? Autocratic Linkages in Times of a Global Pandemic. In: The MENA Region and COVID-19: Impact, Implications and Prospect, Jan Völkel et al. (eds.). Routledge: 19-35.
  • Gurol, Julia & Rodríguez, Fabricio (2020). Desintegration statt Konnektivität? Chinas Belt and Road Initiative als außenpolitische Herausforderung für die EU. In: Die neue Europäische Union: Zwischen Integration und Desintegration, Andreas Grimmel (Hrsg.). Nomos. 
Other publications (selection of working papers, policy papers):


*double-blind peer reviewed


Winter term 2022/23:

  • Advanced course "Global IR and its methodologies"
  • Introductory course "Introduction to Political Science"

Summer term 2022:

  • Advanced course "The Russian-Ukrainian conflict: root causes, dynamics and approaches to conflict management" (cross-site seminar)

Summer term 2021:

  • Advanced course "Conflict analysis, management and transformation - deconstructing Yemen's civil war" (cross-site seminar)
  • Introductory course "Introduction to International Relations"

Winter term 2020/21:

  • Advanced course "Authoritarianism in China’s foreign policy: game-changer or business as usual?"
  • Introductory course "Introduction to Political Science"

Summer term 2020:

  • Basic course "Introduction to conflict analysis: Yemen – a country in conflict" (cross-site seminar)
  • Virtual seminar "Academic Approaches to Post-Conflict Reconstruction" (University of Sana’a, Yemen)

Winter term 2019/20:

  • Basic course "EU-China relations in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative"
  • Winterschool "One-size-fits-all vs. tailor-made solutions: Academic approaches to post-conflict reconstruction" 

Summer Term 2019:

  • Basic course "Conflict analysis - management, dynamics and transformation of current conflicts of secession" (cross site seminar) 

Winter Term 2018/19: 

  • Introductory course "Introduction to Political Science"

Summer Term 2018:

  • Introductory course "Introduction to International Relations"

Winter Term 2017/18:

  • Basic course "International and Regional Organizations in current conflicts"


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