Katja Mielke

Senior Researcher
Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies

E-mail: katja.mielke@bicc.de
Phone: +49 (0)228 911 96 – 23

Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies gGmbH (BICC)
Pfarrer-Byns-Straße 1
53121 Bonn

De:link//Re:link Project:

China’s New Silk Road Initiative in North Rhine-Westphalia and Pakistan

Katja Mielke

Project Description

The BICC team (Nadia Ali, Conrad Schetter, Katja Mielke) investigates the influence of Chinese presence in North Rhine-Westphalia and Pakistan in the context of China’s New Silk Road Initiative. Our research consists of a PhD-dissertation (Nadia Ali [hyperlink]) focusing on the aspirations, hopes and subsequent actions of different actors in and outside of Gilgit-Baltistan in relation to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Arising contestations and conflict dynamics around CPEC’s large infrastructure projects are assumed to shape local ordering dynamics. Complementary, we explore socio-political and economic processes related to Chinese engagement in North Rhine-Westphalia, departing from the inland port in Duisburg as one of the end points of the New Silk Road in Europe.

Research Interests


Katja studied East European and Central Asian Studies as well as Political Science at Free University and Humboldt University of Berlin. She obtained her PhD in Development Research with a dissertation on social order and local governance in Northeast Afghanistan from the Center for Development Research of Bonn University. In her post-doc project, she investigated dynamics of social mobilization, inequality and forced immobility in peri-urban areas of Karachi, Lahore and Kabul in the framework of the BMBF-funded research network ‘Crossroads Asia: Conflict, Migration, Development’. At BICC, her research is positioned at the intersection of peace and conflict-, development- and migration studies.

Selected Publications