Mo Chen, Ph.D.

Mo Chen is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Chair of Cyber Trust supported by a research stipend from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. We thank the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for its generous support.

Her current research projects focus on big-data enabled social credit systems; especially with a focus on China. Her research interests are in the areas of political economy, development studies, and data analysis in social science. She successfully submitted her Ph.D. thesis at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol in 2018.


  1. Krause, T., Chen, M., Wassermann, L., Fischer, D. and Grossklags, J. (2022). China's corporate credit reporting system: A comparison with the United States and Germany. Regulation & Governance. Early Access. Publisher Version (Open Access)
  2. Mo Chen, & Jens Grossklags (2022) Social Control in the Digital Transformation of Society: A Case Study of the Chinese Social Credit System. Social Sciences, 11(6), Article No. 229. Publisher Version (Open Access)
  3. Mo Chen, Severin Engelmann, & Jens Grossklags (2022) Ordinary people as moral heroes and foes: Digital role model narratives propagate social norms in China's Social Credit System. Proceedings of the 5th AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (AIES), 181–191. Publisher Version (Open Access)
  4. Mo Chen, Kristina Bogner, Joana Becheva, & Jens Grossklags (2021) The Transparency of the Chinese Social Credit System from the Perspective of German Organizations. Proceedings of the 29th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). Complete research paper. Author Version Publisher Site
  5. Severin Engelmann, Mo Chen, Lorenz Dang, & Jens Grossklags (2021) Blacklists and Redlists in the Chinese Social Credit System: Diversity, Flexibility, and Comprehensiveness. Proceedings of 4th AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (AIES), pp. 78–88. Acceptance rate (full paper; oral presentation) = 9.6%. Author Version Publisher Version (Open Access)
  6. Mo Chen & Jens Grossklags (2020) An Analysis of the Current State of the Consumer Credit Reporting System in China. Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, 2020(4), pp. 89-110. Acceptance rate = 23.0%. Open Access Presentation (Video)
  7. Severin Engelmann, Mo Chen, Felix Fischer, Ching-yu Kao, & Jens Grossklags (2019) Clear Sanctions, Vague Rewards: How China's Social Credit System Currently Defines “Good” and “Bad” Behavior. Proceedings of the 2nd ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), Atlanta, Georgia, January 2019. Acceptance rate = 24.1%. Author Version Free Access (ACM Authorizer)
  8. Mo Chen (2018) Why do Foreign Aid Regimes Differ? An Institutional and Developmental Analysis. Ph.D. thesis, supervised by Prof. Jeffrey Henderson and Dr. Ryerson Christie. University of Bristol. Official Record
  9. Mo Chen (2017) A Typology of Foreign Aid Regimes. Conference Paper on Researching South-South Development Cooperation, University of Cambridge. April 3-4, 2017.
  10. Zhen Yu & Mo Chen (2017) The Middle East and Global Governance: ‘Regionalising’ Global Governance. Journal of Xiangtan University (Philosophy and Social Sciences), No. 6, pp.45-49+75.
  11. Youfu Wu, Mo Chen, & Lin Wang (2013) Methods and Suggestions in Avoiding the Middle-Income Trap for Emerging Economies. Shanghai Management Science, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 7-12.
  12. Youfu Wu, Mo Chen, & Jing Xia (2012) Analysis of the Problems Existing in the Development of BRICs. Shanghai Management Science, Vol. 34, No. 6, pp. 1-8.
  13. Youfu Wu & Mo Chen (2010) Obama's Smart Power Strategy. International Review, Vol. 106, No. 4, pp. 37-41.


TechCrunch reports on our paper "Clear Sanctions, Vague Rewards: How China's Social Credit System Currently Defines 'Good' and 'Bad' Behavior" Link:

The Bavarian Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) published our blog article titled "Nudge Units and Data-Driven Nudging"; Link:



Challenges Arising from the Chinese Social Credit System (SCS) at Workshop on Digital Citizenship in Cities, WZB Berlin Social Sciences Center. Invited Talk (November 2019).

Chinese Social Credit System at ICWSM Workshop on Data for the Wellbeing of Most Vulnerable, Munich. Invited Talk (June 2019).


Notions of Good and Bad in the Chinese Social Credit System at Forum Privatheit, Munich (together with Severin Engelmann) (October 2018).