Diana Schnelle M.A.

PhD Candidate
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Diana Schnelle is a doctoral candidate at the Department of ‘International Political Economy of East Asia’ at the Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, where she has worked as a Research Associate for six years. Previously, she has been studying Japanese Studies, Chinese and Economics at the University of Bonn and the University of Kagoshima. She holds a Master of Arts in Japanese Regional Studies and Bachelor of Science in Economics. In order to gain fresh perspectives in her research she puts to use her multicultural background and high level proficiency in four different languages which provide her with a unique access to different sources off the beaten track. Her current focus is on Japan’s international and domestic energy policy and decarbonisation efforts. The working title of her dissertation project is “Japan’s State- and Marketcraft in Domestic and International Energy Relations”. In 2020 she was awarded a SPEAC Junior Research Fellowship by the Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence at Korea University for her paper “Connectivity and Marketcraft: EU-Japan Cooperation in Global Energy and Climate Governance”. The paper available on the KU JM Network SPEAC (2019-2022) website. Outside of her work at the university Diana is also part of the editorial team for DGA!s ASIEN – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia and a board member of the “Studienwerk für Deutsch-Japanischen Kulturaustausch in NRW e.V.” – an NPO for the promotion of the German-Japanese cultural exchange.