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New Associate Professor: Jesper Willaing Zeuthen

New Associate Professor: Jesper Willaing Zeuthen

As of 1 October 2019, the Research Centre on Development and International Relations (DIR) has a new Associate Professor!

Last modified: 01.10.2019

I hold and MA in Chinese from Aarhus University and a PhD in International Development Studies from Roskilde University. Before starting as an assistant professor of Chinese area studies here in Aalborg four years ago, I have worked as a high school teacher teaching Chinese and social studies, as well as in the Danish Ministry of Defense. Other odd jobs from my dark past include helping a Bavarian newspaper with their software for managing classified ads as well as a brief employment as logistics manager at a wheel chair factory in China.

In my capacity as a university employee, I have just finished an FSE funded research project on semi-forced urbanization near Chengdu in southwestern China where close to one million peasants have been resettled to make room for more efficient urban and rural development. In addition to this theme, I am also doing research on Chinese mining plans in Greenland, and hope to be starting a new project on China’s social credit system along with my colleagues. I mainly teach in the Development and International Relations program, but I am also slowly getting to know the program in politics and administration, where I will be teaching some of the more internationally oriented classes. 

Privately, I live in Aarhus with my wife and two children. Occasionally, I get up very early to row ten kilometers before commuting to Aalborg.

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