PD Simona Grano
After completing my Ph.D. in the Department of Chinese Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, on the topic of private property in Mainland China, I became research assistant at the Department of Sinology, University of Zürich; since 2012 I hold a permanent position as Teaching and Research Fellow in Greater China Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zürich. I am also a research fellow of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), in Tübingen. For my postdoc research I have spent 14 months in Taiwan between 2011 and 2012 based at Chengchi University but carrying out fieldwork all over Taiwan. The research stay was made possible thanks to two scholarships, one by the Swiss National Foundation (SNSF) and one by the Center for Chinese Studies of Taiwan's National Library.
My postdoc research, which has been published last year by Routledge (see) analyses environmental governance mechanisms and actors in Taiwan through a multi-disciplinary research approach. Based on extensive and original research, the book includes four different case studies, which have all taken place since 2011.
At the University of Zürich I teach several courses related to both China as well as Taiwan's social and political transformations in the past 30 years (BA level) and several courses at MA level in which I make extensive use of Chinese language materials.
I have recently obtained my Habilitation in Sinology with a social sciences focus at the University of Zurich; as of June 2018 I hold the title of Privat Dozentin (PD).