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. Mo Chen & Jens Grossklags (2020) An Empirical Analysis of the Commercial Arm of the Chinese Social Credit System. Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, 2020(4), pp. 89-110. Open Access
  2. 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)
  3. Mo Chen (2018) Why do Foreign Aid Regimes Differ? An Institutional and Developmental Analysis. PhD thesis, supervised by Prof. Jeffrey Henderson and Dr. Ryerson Christie. University of Bristol. Official Record
  4. Mo Chen (2017) A Typology of Foreign Aid Regimes. Conference Paper on Researching South-South Development Cooperation, University of Cambridge. April 3-4, 2017.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Youfu Wu & Mo Chen (2010) Obama's Smart Power Strategy. International Review, Vol. 106, No. 4, pp. 37-41.


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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).