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Simona Grano

Simona Grano, PD Dr.

  • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Sinologie
+41 44 634 31 85
Twitter: @GranoSimona
ZUB 3-322

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2018 Habilitation Nomination to Privat Dozentin of the University of Zurich, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with a Venia Legendi in Sinology with a social sciences focus. Habilitation title: From Developmentalism to Ecological Awareness and Back: The Example of the Greater China Region in Comparative Perspective. June.
  • 2011 - 2012 Postdoc in Taiwan (National Cheng'chi University) and Hong Kong (Hong Kong University) under the supervision of Professor Tang Ching-Ping. February 2011 - April 2012.
  • 2008 PhD in Oriental Studies (Sinology). Dissertation title: L'evoluzione del diritto di proprietà in Cina (The Evolution of Property Rights in China). Supervisor Prof. Guido Samarani. Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Defense: February 22.
  • 2002 Master of Arts in Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Sinology). Dissertation title: Economic and Political Relations between Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China.  Supervisor: Prof. Francesco Gatti. Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies. Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. June 27.
  • 2002–2003 One year at the Beijing Language and Culture University (Beijing Yuyuan Xueyuan).

Employment History

  • 2013 - Senior Lecturer in Greater China Studies. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sinology, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 2011 - 2012 Lecturer and teaching assistant for Prof. Tang Ching-Ping at National Cheng'chi University, Taipei, Taiwan. February - January.
  • 2009 - 2011 Lecturer and research assistant. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sinology, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 2007 - 2010 Lecturer and research associate. Institute of Oriental Studies, Ca' Foscari of Venice, Italy.

Short Biography


Simona A. Grano is Senior Lecturer at the University of Zurich and Director of the Taiwan Studies Project at UZH ( She completed her Ph.D. in Chinese Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. She has held research positions and taught China Studies  and Taiwan Studies at her alma mater, at the university of Zurich in Switzerland  and at National Cheng'chi University in Taiwan. She has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Hong Kong and is a research fellow of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), in Tübingen, Germany and a research associate of SOAS (SOAS Staff).

Simona's regional expertise centers on the People's Republic of China as well as on Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her postdoc research was carried out in 2011 - 2012 with a research stay at Cheng'chi University and HKU. Said research stay was made possible by two scholarships; one by the Swiss National Foundation (SNSF), and one by the Center for Chinese Studies of Taiwan's National Library.

Simona is the author of Environmental Governance in Taiwan: a new generation of activists and stakeholders, which has been published in 2015 by Routledge (see). In it, she 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 (among these the anti-nuclear protests generated by the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in Taiwan), which have all taken place since 2011.

Simona is also guest editor of the special issue "Environmental Governance in China" (China Information, 2016). Her articles have been published among others in the Journal of Civil Society, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, China Information, Asiatische Studien, Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, Orizzonte Cina.

Since 2020, she is part of the editorial board of the Italian journal Orizzonte Cina, published by well known think tank T.Wai (Torino World Affairs Institute). She regularly contributes to Swiss and global media through articles, commentaries and interviews. With several colleagues, she is the author of a China-Strategy guide, produced for the Italian Senate in 2020: Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale

At the University of Zürich Simona teaches several courses related to China's political landscape and society as well as on Taiwan's social and political transformations in the past 30 years (BA level); furthermore, Simona has taught courses at the MA level on various topics, making extensive use of Chinese language materials.

Simona has obtained her Habilitation in "Sinology with a social sciences focus" at the University of Zurich; as of June 2018 she holds the title of Privat Dozentin (PD).

Research interests

  • Chinese contemporary society
  • Chinese domestic and international politics
  • Cross-Strait Relations
  • Identity Politics in Taiwan
  • Environmental governance and nuclear issues (China, Taiwan)
  • Civil society (China,Taiwan)


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