Faculty from social sciences, management, law, and humanities conduct in-depth research on Chinese society, business, and law. They do so through an embedded and contextualized understanding of the local Chinese social and historical conditions. Moreover, where possible, the faculty try and place developments in China within a broader comparative frame to enable a relative view on what is and is not exceptional and special, as well as to present China as a case to broaden theories that have predominantly been based in Western ideas and data.
The research includes several multi-year projects funded through competitive prestigious governmental research grants or through private donations. This includes research done by senior faculty as well as work done by junior scholars at the doctoral or post-doc level. In many research projects, there are direct collaborations with Chinese partners, strengthening the bilateral mission of the Institute.