Dr. Anja-Désirée Senz studied political science, sociology, anthropology at the University of Trier (Germany) and Chinese language and history at the Sun-Yatsen University in Guangzhou (China).
For several years she worked at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and at last as research coordinator at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Since 2014 she is Professor for Contemporary China at the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg.
Working on her dissertation and different research projects provided her with broad fieldwork experience in Asia, in particular China.
Her research about China focuses on local politics, institutional change, environmental governance, connectivity and Chinese foreign affairs.
She is member of the editorial board of the European Journal of East Asian Studies, the German Journal of Contemporary Asia and Chairperson of the Academic Advisory Board (China) of the German Association for Asian Studies.