PhD defence: Federico Jensen

Thursday, October 12, 2023 - 14:00 to 16:00

Federico Jensen

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Federico Jensen has submitted  thesis entitled:

Who rules the waves in the 21st century?
The international political economy of global shipping

This dissertation contributes to the literature on the economic and political consequences of global investments in infrastructures by exploring complex state-capital relationships in the global shipping and logistics industries with a focus on China. This dissertation demonstrates the domestic political economy reasons for the expansion of transportation infrastructures and logistics markets within and outside China as a state strategy to rebalance the Chinese economy. The dissertation then showcases the effects Chinese policy has in other countries, both economically and politically, through the study of investments within the Maritime Silk Road Initiative in Europe and the synergies between Chinese and European states’ strategies for logistics development. Finally, the dissertation explores the geoeconomic consequences of Chinese expansion in global shipping markets, which has led states to recalibrate geoeconomic calculations in the global economy.

Primary Supervisor:
Professor with special responsibilities Duncan Wigan
Department of Organization
Copenhagen Business School

Secondary Supervisors:
Associate Professor Henrik Sornn-Friese
Department of Strategy and Innovation
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Mu Rong Ping
Institute of Policy and Management

Assessment Committee:
Associate Professor Christoph Houmann Ellersgaard (Chair)
Department of Organization
Copenhagen Business School

Professor Liam Campling
School of Business and Management
Queen Mary University of London

Professor Saori Katada
Department of Political Science and International Relations
University of Southern California

The thesis will be available from 

Reception:The CBS PhD School will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence at the kitchen area of IOA (Kilen, 4th floor).


Organised by

CBS PhD School


12 October 2023


14:00 - 16:00


Copenhagen Business SchoolSolbjerg Plads2000 FrederiksbergRoom: SP205 Carlsberg Group Aud

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