Robert Pauls


Robert Pauls is an assistant professor in the Department of International Studies. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, where he also received his PhD in 2015.
His research interests are in Comparative and International Political Economy with a focus on China and East Asia. In his research, he seeks to bridge theoretical divides between political science and economics as well as comparative and international political economy.
His current research focuses on transformations of China's financial system.
Robert Pauls teaches the modules INS202 International Relations Research Methods and INS407 Global Transformations and Crises.
Dr Pauls welcomes students who are interested in Ph.D. research with a focus on the Comparative and International Political Economy of China, especially from critical and heterodox perspectives.
  • Qualifications

    • PhD, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, 2015
    • MA in East Asian Politics, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, 2010
    • BA in East Asian Economics and Politics, Faculty of East Asian Studies, 2007
  • Experience

    • Since 2018 Lecturer and assistant professor, Department of International Studies, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
    • 2010-2018 Lecturer and academic program coordinator at the Chair of East Asian Politics, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum.
    • 2016-2017 Managing director at the Alliance for Research on East Asia Ruhr, Ruhr University Bochum University of Duisburg-Essen
    • 2009-2011 Researcher and coordinator in the Co-Reach Project “International Migrant’s Ethnicity and its Impact on Labour Markets of the Receiving Countries” at the Institute of Sociology/Organisation, Migration, Participation, Ruhr University Bochum in cooperation with the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
  • Research interests

    • International and Comparative Political Economy of China and East Asia
    • Finance in and financialization of the Chinese economy
    • The Belt and Road Initiative and Global Political Economy
    • Comparative Capitalism, théorie de la régulation, Marxian and Critical Political Economy
    • Labour relations in China
  • Articles

    • Gomes, A.; Pauls R.; ten Brink, T. (forthcoming) Industrial policy and the creation of the electric vehicles market in China: achievements and obstacles. Cambridge Journal of Economics.
    • Pauls, R. (2022) Los límites a la acumulación ampliada y el fin del milagro del crecimiento chino. El Trimestre Economico, 89 (2), 421-466.
    • Pauls, R. (2022) Capitalist accumulation, contradictions and crisis in China, 1995–2015. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 52 (2), 267-295.
    • Pauls, R. & Pries, L. (2012) Changing Labour relations in China’s automotive industry. International Journal of Automotive Management and Technology, 12 (4), 376-394.
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Pauls, R. (2016) Capitalist development, contradictions and crises in China, 1993-2011, Dissertation. Available from:
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • Pauls, R. & Pries, L. (2013) Introduction. In: Pries, L. (ed.) Shifting boundaries of belonging and new migration dynamics in Europe and China. Basingstoke, Palgrave, pp. 1-25.
    • Pauls, R., Andreosso-O’Callaghan, B. & Gottwald, J.-C. (2016) On a path towards financialization? The expanding role of finance in China’s growth regime. In: Andreosso-O’Callaghan, B., Jaussaud, J. & Zolin, B. (eds.) Economic change in Asia. London, Routledge, pp. 29-47.
    • Pauls, R. & Gottwald, J.-C. (2018) Origins and dimensions of the Belt and Road Initiative: Experimental Patch-Work or Grand Strategy? In: Jaussaud, J. & Taylor R. (eds.) China’s global political economy. London, Routledge, pp. 31-54.
  • Conference presentations

    • China's Integration into the Global Offshore Financial System and the People's Bank, SASE Virtual Conference 2020
    • Globally Integrated Growth Models and Origins of International Conflicts, SASE Virtual Conference 2020, with Dr Thomas Kalinowski
    • From the shadows into the fold: The People’s Bank and shadow banking in China, Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics Annual Meeting, Kyoto, 26-30 Jun 2018
    • “Domestic Sources of China’s Belt and Road Initiative”, with Jörn-Carsten Gottwald. EISA Pan-European Conference, Barcelona, 13-17 September 2017
    • “Capitalist accumulation and crisis in China, 1993-2012”, Annual Meeting of the Arbeitskreis Sozialwissenschaftliche Chinaforschung (Study-group on social-science research on China), Bochum, November 25 – 26 2016
    • “The Political Economy of China’s One Belt One Road in South-East Asia”, Joint Meeting of the Austrian, German, and Swiss Associations for Political Science, Heidelberg, September 29 – October 1 2016
    • “Contradictions and crises in China's capitalist accumulation”, Historical Materialism Conference, SOAS, London, November 5-8 2015
    • “Post global crisis economic growth in China – profit-led growth, land-led growth and financialisation”, with Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan and Jörn-Carsten Gottwald, The 19th International Euro-Asia Research Conference, Yokohama National University, May 31 2014
    • “The wage-relation in China’s accumulation regime—exploratory quantitative measurements and qualitative explanations”, Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics 25th Annual Meeting, Università degli Studi di Milano, June 28 2013
    • “Labour relations in the Chinese automotive industry – their development and the limits of reform”, talk held at the International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam, May 15 2012
    • “Crises and the development of Chinese capitalism – the case of labour”, 4. September 2012, British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference, University of Oxford, September 3-5 2012
  • Grants

    • Pauls, R. 2019: The political Economy of central banking and market based finance - XJTLU RDF grant
  • Professional service activities

    • Deputy Head of Department
    • Departmental E-Learning Coordinator (2020-2021)
    • Departmental Examinations Officer
  • Courses taught

    • INS102 International Political Economy
    • INS202 International Relations Research Methods
    • INS302 Final Year Project (coordinator)
    • INS402 Global Transformations and Crises (MA)
  • Professional memberships

    • Fellow, Higher Education Academy of the UK
    • Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomcis
    • German Society for Asian Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde)
  • Awards and honours

    • Wilhelm-Hollenberg-Prize for best dissertation in the humanities and social sciences at RUB 2016
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 8188 4609‬
  • Email
  • Address

    Department of International Relations
    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
    Room HS403
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park