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Dr. Julia Gurol

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Department of Political Sciences,
Rempartstraße 15, 79085 Freiburg




 0761/ 203-3474

E-Mail julia.gurol@politik.uni-freiburg.de







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 Middle East.
Besides working for the Chair, Julia Gurol is a researcher on China's role in the Middle East 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. Furthermore, she is a trained crossmedial journalist and has published in several German media, such as WirtschaftsWoche, Handelsblatt and WDR.
Her research interests are global governance in the global South, transregional authoritarian practices, social movements, regime stability and transformation as well as conflict dynamics; her regional foci are China and the Middle East.

Academic CV

since 10/2020
Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer 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" (with Sandra Destradi; funded by the DFG)


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

Research associate and lecturer 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)
02-03/2019 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
  • 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; 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
  • *Gurol, Julia & Schuetze, Benjamin (forthcoming). Infrastructuring Authoritarian Power: Arab-Chinese Transregional Collaboration Beyond the State. In: International Quarterly of Asian Studies
  • *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; Demmelhuber, Thomas & Zumbrägel, Tobias (forthcoming): The Corona temptation? Autocratic Linkages in Times of a Global Pandemic. In: COVID-19 and the Arab World, Jan Völkel et al. (eds.). Routledge. 
  • 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. 
  • 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


  • Summer term 2022: The Russian-Ukrainian conflict: root causes, dynamics and approaches to conflict management (cross-site seminar)
  • Summer term 2021: Introduction to (critical) conflict analysis - deconstructing Yemen's civil war (cross-site seminar)
  • Summer term 2021: Introduction to International Relations
  • Winter term 2020/21: Authoritarianism in China’s foreign policy: game-changer or business as usual?
  • Winter Term 2020/21: Introduction to Political Science
  • Summer term 2020: Yemen – a country in conflict (cross-site seminar)
  • Summer term 2020: Academic Approaches to Post-Conflict Reconstruction (University of Sana’a, Yemen)
  • Winter term 2019/20: EU-China relations in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Winter term 2019/20:  One-size-fits-all vs. tailor-made solutions: Academic approaches to post-conflict reconstruction (DAAD Winterschool)
  • Summer Term 2019: Conflict analysis - management, dynamics and transformation of current conflicts of secession (cross site seminar) - Link to eLearning Platform
  • Winter Term 2018/19: Introduction to Political Science
  • Summer Term 2018: Introduction to International Relations
  • Winter Term 2017/18: International and Regional Organizations in current conflict


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