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Gert Hilgers

Gert Hilgers is a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PaIS) at the University of Warwick. He has been working as a sessional teacher at PaIS and has previous experience as a teaching fellow at the Warwick Business School. Furthermore, he is part of the Residential Life Team on campus, currently in the role of Sub Warden.

Gert holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick. Previously, he completed a BSc Economics degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, which included studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, and the University of Cologne, Germany.

Gert worked with the European Commission's Social and Demographic Analysis unit in Brussels and the German Organisation for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Bangkok. He also spent considerable time volunteering, for instance in a leading role in the successful establishment of the student organisation AIESEC in Tehran, Iran. Prior to his studies, he became a certified Management Assistant in Office Communication in Germany.


PhD thesis' working title: Analysing contemporary German-Chinese relations - identifying actors and interests

The aim of the thesis is to go beyond formal diplomatic relations between Germany and China to understand decision-making processes and incentives that drive foreign (commercial) policy. The thesis makes use of a Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) framework to identify the relations' underlying actors and interests to provide a comprehensive and realistic picture of communication channels and decisions being made in Berlin, Beijing and third party locations such as corporate headquarters.

This research project is being supervised by Professor Shaun Breslin and Dr James Brassett.

(Further) Research interests include:

  • Foreign Policy Analysis & International Political Economy
  • Political and commercial relations between Germany/EU and China/APAC
  • Intercultural (mis-)communication & communication breakdowns
  • Political Risk

Teaching (AY 17/18)

Advice and Feedback Hours: Mondays from 11-12 and 1-2 in D1.31

Modules taught previously:


Department of Politics and International Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Gert Hilgers

Gert Hilgers

G dot Hilgers at warwick dot ac dot uk