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Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Sozialwiss. Dr. Heinz Christoph Steinhardt



Steinhardt, H. C. (2019). Environmental public interest campaigns: a new phenomenon in China's contentious politics. In T. Wright (Ed.), Handbook of protest and resistance in China (pp. 235-252). Edward Elgar Publishing. Handbooks of research on contemporary China





Steinhardt, H. C., & Wu, F. (2016). China's New Species of Environmental Protest. Singapore. IPP Review




Steinhardt, H. C., & Zhao, L. (2015). From ‘Stability Overrides Everything’ to ‘Social Governance:’ the Evolving Approach to Social Order in China. In Y. Zheng, & L. L. P. Gore (Eds.), China Entering the Xi Jinping Era (pp. 193-215). Routledge.








Curriculum vitae

I hold an MA (Diplom) in social science from Humboldt University Berlin (2006) and a Ph.D. in political science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2012). Previously I have been a pre-doctoral Fulbright fellow at the University of California, Irvine, a post-doctoral research fellow at the National University of Singapore, and an assistant professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am currently assistant professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna.

Research Interests

My research is concerned with social conflict and cohesion in China, examining popular protest, environmental politics, social and political trust and political identities. I use both qualitative and quantitative methods and work with interviews, documentary, textual, survey, and event data.

Information, Data Privacy and the Popular Perception of the Chinese Social Credit System

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
30 Nov 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Better coverage, less bias: using social media to measure protest in authoritarian regimes

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
31 May 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Alliance Building among Non-Governmental Organizations in China: The Emergence and Evolution of the Zero Waste Alliance

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
23 Mar 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


How Good is Protest Event Data from Autocracies? A Comparison of Traditional, Dissident and Social Media Sources from China

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
13 Sep 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


An Information Revolution? Assessing Protest Event Data from China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
21 Jun 201823 Jun 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


An Information Revolution? Assessing Protest Event Data from China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
22 Mar 201825 Mar 2018

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science



Environmental Public Interest Campaigns: Outlining a New Phenomenon in China’s Contentious Politics.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
1 Dec 20172 Dec 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Building Environmental NGO Alliances in an Authoritarian Regime: The Emergence of the Chinese Zero Waste Alliance.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
28 Nov 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Environmental Public Interest Campaigns: Outlining a New Phenomenon in China’s Contentious Politics.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
24 Jun 201727 Jun 2017

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Political Trust and Political Identity at the Chinese Periphery: The Identity Shift in Hong Kong since 1997.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker), Yihong Jiang (Speaker), Linda Chelan Li (Speaker)
26 Nov 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Did Rapid Modernization Destroy Social Trust in China?

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker), Jan Delhey (Speaker)
5 Nov 20166 Nov 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Did Rapid Modernization Destroy Social Trust in China?

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker), Jan Delhey (Speaker)
7 Sep 201610 Sep 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Political Trust and Political Identity at the Chinese Periphery: The Identity Shift in Hong Kong since 1997.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker), Yihong Jiang (Speaker), Linda Chelan Li (Speaker)
7 Sep 201610 Sep 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Did Rapid Modernization Destroy Social Trust in China?

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker), Jan Delhey (Speaker)
1 Sep 20164 Sep 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Xianggang ren de shenfen rentong bianhua [The Identity Shift in Hong Kong]

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
20 Jun 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Discursive Accommodation: Popular Protest and Strategic Elite Communication in China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
7 Jul 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Discursive Accommodation: Popular Protest and Strategic Elite Communication in China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
25 Jun 201527 Jun 2016

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Xin huanjing kangyi shijian yu zhongguo minzhong kangzheng de yanbian (New Environmental Protests and the Changing Landscape of Popular Contention in China).

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker), Fengshi Wu (Speaker)
27 Nov 201428 Nov 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Why People Rebel in Contemporary China? The Local State and the Popular Inclination to Protest.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker), Wei Shan (Speaker)
28 Aug 201431 Aug 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


New Environmental Protests and the Changing Landscape of Popular Contention in China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker), Fengshi Wu (Speaker)
17 Jul 201420 Jul 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Zhongguo de xin huanjing kangzheng xin zai he chu? [What is New about New Environmental Protests in China?]

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
7 Jul 2014

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public



Authoritarian Ruler Meets Contentious Society: Elite Responses to Popular Protest in Contemporary China

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
4 Dec 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Regulating Protest Management in a One-Party State: Evidence from Contemporary China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
29 Aug 20131 Sep 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Taming the Iron Fist: Fine-Tuning Coercion in the Chinese Single-Party Regime.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
24 Jul 201327 Jul 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Popular Activism and Evolving Elite Responses in Contemporary China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
24 Oct 201225 Oct 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Grassroots Activism and Elite Response: Examining Patterns of Communication between Contentious Citizens and the Political Leadership in Contemporary China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
23 Jul 201227 Jul 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science



Grassroots Activism and Elite Response in Contemporary China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
28 Jun 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Grassroots Activism and Elite Response in Contemporary China

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
12 Jun 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Contesting ‘Social Stability:’ Understanding the Dynamics of Grassroots Activism and Intellectual Critique in China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
26 May 201227 May 2012

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Protest Events, a Harmonious Society, and the Transformation of Discourse on Popular Protest in China: A Preliminary Assessment.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
20 Jun 201123 Jun 2011

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Speaking about the Unspeakable: The Politics of Signifying Popular Protest in the People’s Republic of China.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
21 Feb 2011

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Protest Media Events and the Transformation of Public Discourse on Popular Protest in China. China Chat.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
16 Feb 2011

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Speaking about the Unspeakable: Protest Discourse in the Chinese Party-State.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
20 Jul 200924 Jul 2009

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Speaking about the Unspeakable: Protest Discourse in the Chinese Party-State.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
3 Jul 20095 Jul 2009

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Trusting Citizens in a non-trusting Culture? A Probe into the ‘Mysterious’ Appearance of Generalized Trust in Chinese Societies.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
13 Nov 200815 Nov 2008

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Political Trust and Legitimacy in the People’s Republic of China: Performance or Culture?

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
3 Apr 20086 Apr 2008

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Political Trust: the Chinese Case.

Heinz Christoph Steinhardt (Speaker)
8 Jan 200812 Jan 2008

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


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