PD Dr. Stefan Schmalz

Stefan Schmalz is a Heisenberg-Research Group Leader at the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences and the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Sciences at University of Erfurt. After finishing his studies and his PhD at Philipps-University Marburg, he was a post-doc fellow at the political science department at University of Kassel and a senior lecturer at the Institute of Sociology at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, where he also received his Habilitation degree. He has conducted international research residencies and teaching activities in Guangzhou, Baltimore, Montreal, Concepción, and São Paulo, among others. Stefan Schmalz was also an interim full professor at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (2014-17) and the Free University of Berlin (2020-21). His primary areas of research are economic sociology and political economy, sociology of labor, sustainability, and development research.

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  • Schmalz, Stefan (2018): Machtverschiebungen im Weltsystem. Der Aufstieg Chinas und die große Krise. Frankfurt/New York: Campus. (zugleich Habilitationsschrift)
  • Schmalz, Stefan/ Sommer, Brandon/ Xu, Hui (2017): The Yue Yuen Strike: Industrial Transformation and Labour Unrest in the Pearl River Delta, in: Globalizations, 14(2), 285-297: https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2016.1203188
  • Schmalz, Stefan/ Sommer, Brandon/ Lütten, John (2017): Prekarität in der chinesischen Hochwachstumsgesellschaft: Eine Fallstudie zur Situation von Wanderarbeitern im Perlflussdelta, in: Berliner Journal für Soziologie, 27(2), 179-207,: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11609-017-0342-6
  • Schmalz, Stefan (2019): The Three Stages of Chinese Capital Export, in: Austrian Journal of Development Studies/ Journal für Entwicklungspolitik, 35(4), 17-38,: https://doi.org/10.20446/JEP-2414-3197-35-3-17
  • Schmalz, Stefan (2020): Der Corona-Crash in China, in. Prokla. Zeitschrift für Kritische Sozialwissenschaft 50(2), 355-362, online: https://doi.org/10.32387/prokla.v50i199.1878
  • Schmalz, Stefan (2021): Widersprüche der Globalisierung: Der Aufstieg Chinas und der Wirtschaftskrieg mit den USA, in: Kraemer, Klaus/ Münnich, Sascha (Hg.): Ökonomischer Nationalismus. Soziologische Analysen wirtschaftlicher Ordnungen, Frankfurt/ New York: Campus, 269-290.
  • Schmalz, Stefan/ Singe, Ingo/ Hasenohr, Anne (2021): Political discontent and labour in a post-growth region: A view from East Germany, Anthropological Theory,: https://doi.org/10.1177/1463499620982784


  • The Backlash Against Globalization: Dynamics and Contradictions (MA Seminar, SoSe 2021),
  • Entwicklungstheorien und -strategien (Vorlesung mit Barbara Fritz, WS 2020/21),
  • An Emerging Digital Precariat? Work in the Global Platform Economy (MA Seminar, WS 2020/21),
  • The Rise of China (BA Seminar, SoSe 2020),
  • Die neue internationale Arbeitsteilung: Globalisierung, Arbeit und Geschlecht (MA Seminar, SoSe 2020)
  • Kampf der digitalen Kapitalismen (Clash of Digital Capitalisms) (BA Course, Winter Term 2020/21)