Research and advice on China and geopolitics

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Frans-Paul van der Putten

As the son of a Dutch father and a Eurasian-Chinese mother, I am fascinated by a number of questions that run like a thread through my entire career as a researcher: how do different parts of the world influence each other? What legacy of our colonial history do we carry with us as people and as societies? How did we shape history and how does it shape us today? What is the perspective of the other in this? How can we make it possible for cultures and states to live together without giving up their own values? How can companies cope with geopolitical risks?


Frans-Paul van der Putten studied history at Leiden University, where he obtained his PhD in 2001 on research into the China strategies of Dutch companies in the first half of the twentieth century. He worked for five years as a researcher at Nyenrode Business University and is a former editor-in-chief of Itinerario: Journal of Imperial and Global Interactions. He has been affiliated with the Clingendael Institute since 2007, where he co-founded the China Center in 2019 and where he now is a Senior Research Associate.

1970 Born in Helmond, Netherlands

1982-1988 Gymnasium (St Willibrord, Deurne)

1988-1994 MA History (Leiden University)

1991 First visit to China

2001 PhD, Dutch business strategies in China 1903-1941 (Leiden University)

2001-2006 Researcher (Nyenrode Business University)

2006-2012 Chief Editor, Journal of Imperial and Global Interactions Itinerario

2007-2022 (Senior) Research Fellow for China 

(Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael)

2015-present Coordinating editor, Silk Road Headlines

2019 Co-founder, Clingendael China Centre

2020 Publication of book 'De Wederopstanding van China'

2022 Senior Research Associate (Clingendael)

2022 Founder, ChinaGeopolitics