Julia Schwerbrock (née Breuer)

Dissertation project

“Competing for Power – A Comparative Study of the EU’s and China’s Foreign Policy Approaches towards Tanzania”

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick, Prof. Dr. Markus Taube

Research focus

  • Chinese foreign policy
  • China’s Belt & Road initiative (BRI)
  • China-Africa relations

Personal profile


2017M.A. in East Asian Politics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2014B.A. in Sinology (Chinese Studies) & Sociology, University of Hamburg, Germany


2017–presentDoctoral scholarship at the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr granted by Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR)
2013–2014Scholarship supporting a semester abroad in China (Sichuan University, Chengdu) granted by Karl H. Ditze Stiftung


  • Schwerbrock, J. (2020) Connecting Europe and Asia – The Role of Africa. Working Paper No. 6. Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence, Korea University. Download
  • Bersick, S.; Schwerbrock, J. (2018) The political context: ASEM – (more than?) a forum of dialogue between Asia and Europe. In: Angress, A.& Wuttig, S. (eds.) The ASEM Education Process: History and Vision – Looking back, looking ahead, 19–27. Download
  • Breuer, J. (2017) Between the „China Threat“ and „Win-Win Cooperation“ Among „All-Weather Friends“: African Perspectives on China in Africa and the China Model. Mapping China Journal 2017, 52–72. Download
  • Breuer, J. (2017) The role of Africa in China’s Belt & Road initiative. Blickwechsel 07/2017, Köln: Stiftung Asienhaus. Download
  • Batke, J.; Breuer, J. & Stepan, M. (2016) Open government in China: bound to improve, within bounds. MERICS Blog. Berlin: Mercator Institute for China Studies. (This article was also published on CPI Analysis by China Policy Institute (CPI), School of Politics and International relations, University of Nottingham.) Download
  • Paper presented with M. Bergner & K. Vender (2015) A Eurasian Approach to Food Security Governance – The Potential Role of the New Silk Road Initiative. Prepared for the Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance (YICGG) 2015 initiated by Fudan University (Shanghai), held during the Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy. Download
  • Breuer, J. (2015) Zhang Fan. In: Luckow, D. (ed.) Secret Signs – Calligraphy in Chinese Contemporary Art. Hamburg. Snoeck / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 218–221.