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Christian von Lübke

Professor, Southeast Asian Studies


+49 (0)7531 206 470



Asian Studies & Management
HTWG Konstanz 

Alfred-Wachtel-Str. 8.

78462 Konstanz


A Bit About Me

I've been working, researching , and teaching on Southeast Asia since 2001. The turn of the century was a time of profound change. This is particularly true for Indonesia - the largest economy  in the region - which had just experienced the most profound political and administrative transformation in recent history. After the fall of Suharto - and the end of 30+ years of  authoritarian and centralized rule - Indonesia transformed (virtually overnight) into one of the most decentralized and politically diverse nations in the region.

During  these years of profound transformation, I had the  opportunity to assist Indonesian governments in their efforts of local economic development and poverty alleviation. I worked for GIZ  (2001-2004) and the World Bank (2006-07) - often at the interface of socio-economic development, governance, and business promotion.  Many of the key questions that defined my professional assignments - such as, what are the drivers of economic success, low corruption, and good investment climates - reemerged in my research projects at ANU (PhD, 2007), Waseda (2007-08), Stanford (2008-11), and Freiburg (2012-18). 

Today, as a Professor for Southeast Asian Studies in Konstanz, I continue to be fascinated by the  colorful diversity, social resilience, and innovative spirit of the ASEAN region. Recent reflections of digital disruption, big data and AI - that sparked many successful eMobility, FinTech, and eCommerce startups in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam - are a powerful case in point.

Tracing and understanding these economic, social, and political transformations  - in the context of my teaching, coaching, and research - remains a challenging and worthwhile endeavor; one that I'm  greatly interested in pursuing and sharing with all interested parties.  




Postdoc - Stanford University, APARC, Palo Alto 



Ph.D., Political Science, Australian National University, Canberra 



Indonesian Studies, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), London 



B.A. & M.A., Economics, University of Münster (WWU)



Japanese Studies , International Christian University, Tokyo 



Professor, Southeast Asian Studies, HTWG Konstanz

2013- 2018

Senior Research Fellow & Head "State and Governance"
Arnold Bergstraesser Institut (ABI), Universität Freiburg


2013 - 2014

Team Leader, Global Assessment of FES Regional Programs
Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), Berlin, Germany,
Worldwide analysis of the foundation’s socio-political regional programs in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America (in-depth interviews, surveys, desk reviews)

2005 - 2007

Consultant: “Political Economy of Business Climates”
World Bank, Indonesia; field surveys & reports
(West Sumatra, Central Java, Bali and West Nusa Tenggara)


Consultant: “Economic Development and Governance”
GIZ, Eastern Indonesia; supporting local businesses and regional governments in their efforts of defining competitive advantages and local economic clusters.

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