ACO aims to be the network for Dutch scientists that are interested in “the functioning of China”. ACO does not focus on scientists that want to apply a certain theory or scientific discipline regardless of geographic region. Instead, it specifically focuses on those scientists that are fascinated in the question why a certain theory or scientific approach does or does not work in the Chinese context. ACO represents the interests of Dutch scientists, but welcomes – especially during forum gatherings – the participation of other groups: policy makers, entrepreneurs, NGO representatives, etc.
Underneath are some ACO members (listed alphabetically) with their area of expertise, as well as a link to their homepage. ACO members who want to be listed on the website, can contact the secretariat. ACO momentarily has over 250 members spread throughout the Netherlands. If you are interested in more experts, please contact the ACO secretariat.
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh
Ph.D (University of Amsterdam). Lecturer, Department Political Sciences,University of Amsterdam. Programme Director Energy Programme Asia (EPA), International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden. Programme Director of Joint research programme – Domestic and Geopolitical Challenges to Energy Security for China and the European Union.
Maghiel van Crevel
Professor in Chinese Literature and Scientific Director Leiden Institute of Area Studies,Leiden University. Fields of interest include (Chinese) literature and culture, language, language acquisition, and translation. Research specialization lies in contemporary Chinese poetry.
Meine Pieter van Dijk
Professor of Water services management at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water education and Professor of Urban Management at the Institute of Social Studies,The Hague, Rotterdam Erasmus University. His latest book is “The New Presence of China in Africa: Importance of Increased Chinese Trade, Aid and Investments for Sub-Saharan Africa (Amsterdam University Press, 2009).
Professor of International Economics at Nyenrode Business University and chairman of the Europe China Institute at Nyenrode. Besides his work at Nyenrode, he is guest professor at various national and international universities, including some top universities in China. Furthermore, he teaches Globalization at the London Academy of Diplomacy. In his latest publications the focus is on China’s integration in the World economy, in particular its relationship with the EU.
Freelance film maker, mainly documentaries. Active in China since 1979, where he has made multiple films and television programmes on social-cultural subjects.
Barend ter Haar
Specialized in the history of China. Has published on the history and prosecution of new religious groups, the Triades, oral traditions and rumours, violence, and diverse minority groups. Is also occupied with religious human rights and related issues. For that reason he is also occupied with contemporary China from time to time. He currently teaches Chinese studies at the University of Oxford, with a strong focus on cultural and religious history (website).
Reporter/editor at the Asia Desk, Foreign News Department of NOS Television & Radio Broadcasting Corp. Former China-correspondent.
Chair Professor of Chinese Economy and Development, Delft University of Technology and Project Director of the European Research Council (ERC) Project on China’s Economic Instability. Expertise: international development, economy, and sustainable development of China. Founder of ACO (together with Philip de Heer).
Jeroen de Kloet
Professor of Globalization Studies at Department of Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities,University of Amsterdam. Specializing on Chinese youth, popular music, computer hackers. Current NWO-funded research focuses on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in relation to issues of urban change, cosmopatriotism and cultural globalization.
(1946) is Professor of Operations Management and Chairman of the department Operations Organization and Human Resources in the School of Management and Governance, University of Twente, the Netherlands. Since 2000 he is visiting professor at Hunan University, China and did research about process innovation in Chinese State Owned Enterprises.
Sinologist (Leiden University, 1986). International work experience in London,China, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. Has worked in strategic business-to-business public relations. Was at the foundation of the market research department of China-Britain Business Council with the focus on SMEs. Founder of China Movers: guidance of Dutch companies in China with their communication process, marketing and research.
Senior Manager China at Amsterdam Inbusiness, Economic Affairs Amsterdam Township. Responsible for: i) attracting Chinese investments toward the metropolis region of Amsterdam; ii) preserve relationships with Chinese governmental organisations on behalf of the Amsterdam Township.
Jan van der Putten
Former correspondent in China. Author of eight China-books, as well as many articles and policy papers. Speaker on China: history, politics, economy, environment, social developments, and future scenarios.
Peter J. Peverelli
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics & Business Administration, Management & Organization, Free University of Amsterdam. PhD Arts + PhD Business Administration; Research interests: general organization theory, Chinese corporate identity, Chinese entrepreneurship. Combines academic work with business consulting.
Professor of Spatial Hydrology and Water Resources Management and Chairman Department of Water Resources, Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, the Netherlands
Director/Owner of ChinaWays, which provides intercultural workshops and trainings. The focus is twofold: to put the Dutch/Western culture in a Chinese perspective, and to make the Chinese culture more accessible for Westerners. The underlying thought is that insight and understanding for cultural differences will lead to improved cooperation.