Am 26. April um 17:30 hält der Geograf Dr. Julian Schwabe im Ostasieninstitut einen Vortrag zum Thema:
Herr Schwabe ist Projektmanager bei Far Eastern Consulting in Ludwigshafen, einer Beratungsfirma, die 1992 von Absolventen des Ostasieninstituts gegründet wurde. Thema seiner Dissertation, die er 2016 an der Philipps-Universität Marburg vorlegte, war:
During the month of January 2013, Beijing suffered air pollution of unprecedented intensity. This event, which was named "Airpocalypse" in international media, was followed by vibrant media reporting and public discussion on the topic and prompted the central government to issue unusually ambitious measures to contain air pollution more effectively. This dissertation explores the impact of the "Airpocalypse" on China's air quality governance as well as the underlying factors which caused the central government to react differently to the "Airpocalypse" compared to previous events of extreme air pollution. Based on qualitative interviews, a quantitative timeline analysis and a quantitative survey, following factors were identified to have had a significant direct or indirect influence on central government decision making during and after the "Airpocalypse":
1) Historically high levels of particulate matter concentration,
2) Improved level of publicly accessible information on particulate matter concentrations in large Chinese cities,
3) Unprecedented intensity of media reporting and public discussion on air pollution,
4) The ongoing government transition from the administration of Hu Jintao to the administration of Xi Jinping.