2 March 2022

SUPRA Students March 2022 have arrived!

We are happy to announce that we have four new students joining us for our Virtual SUPRA Programme in March 2022! It is a pleasure to welcome:

Elin Bergner, MA at Stockholm University

Elin holds a B.Sc in Social Anthropology from Lund University, which has included exchange semesters at University of Sussex, UK, University of Linnaeus, Spain, University of Hawai’i, USA and Kyung Hee University, South Korea. She is currently enrolled in the International Master’s Programme in Political Science with a Specialisation in Global Asian Studies at Stockholm University. Her current M.Sc thesis project focuses on the topic of food insecurity in the DPRK, following last year’s reports on the severity of the food crisis in the country from both domestic and international sources. The study explores how natural disasters, the international sanctions regimes, the DPRK self-sufficiency ideology and Covid19 border closures intersect and exacerbate the situation. Taking off-stamp in the notions that disaster resilience can be constructed and that famines are manmade, the study places emphasis on the human dimension as it seeks to answer the question as to why potentially millions of North Koreans are facing starvation.

Felix Wiebrecht, PhD at Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Felix is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government and Public Administration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and currently a visiting student at the Central European University in Vienna. His research focuses on authoritarian regimes, their legislatures, and policy-making processes with a regional focus on China. Felix’s doctoral project explore how the People's Political Consultative Conferences (PPCCs) coopt societal elites including private entrepreneurs and academics, inform policy-making processes in China, and ultimately, contribute to regime stability. To complete this research, he has collected original data on delegates’ work in the institutions and conducted fieldwork in several locations across China. Prior to starting his PhD, he has received a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen (UK) and a master’s degree in Politics from East China Normal University (China).


Jacopo Geremicca, MA at Stockholm University

Jacopo has obtained his BA from the University of Stockholm in Political Science and is now attending in the same university the Master Programme in Political Science with a Specialisation in Global Asian Studies. He has previously participated in an Erasmus+ internship at the Italian research centre “Centro Studi sulla Cina Contemporanea” and has spent a semester during his BA in China at Leshan Normal University.  He is currently writing his MA thesis on the Chinese political system, specifically, on how the Communist Party of China uses “meritocracy” and “democracy” to create the discourse surrounding the system. The study will employ a discourse analysis in order to assess the discourse by focusing on “meritocracy” and “democracy”. The study will do that by distinguishing between a domestic audience and a foreign audience in order to highlight the differences with which the CPC presents and constructus the discourse surrounding its political system.

Zhicang Huang, PhD at the Autonomous University of Barcelona 

Zhicang is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative, Political and Social History at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Her main academic interests include maritime history, colonial study, and socio-economic history with a focus on south China during late Ming and early Republican period. She has also worked as a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Colonial America and participated in the projects granted by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of the Government of Spain since 2018. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the history of Chinese island Kulangsu, particularly the maritime trade activities and the internal changes in local society, including but not limited to the commodity exchange, shipbuilding, establishment of bureaucracies, pluralistic population, diffusion of religions and coolie trade in south China.