Florian Butollo is assistant professor at the Department of Labour, Industrial and Economic Sociology in Jena, Germany. He wrote his dissertation on "The End of Cheap Labour in China? Social Impacts of Industrial Upgrading in the LED Lighting and the Textile and Garment Industries of the Pearl River Delta" at the University of Frankfurt. The dissertation was honoured with the 2013 Jörg-Huffschmid award and the Science Award of Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation in Saxony. Butollo had worked with the German NGO "World Economy, Ecology and Development - WEED" in a project about labour rights in the global computer industry. His main research interests are: industrial change in China, labour relations and social conflict in China (and elsewhere), political economy of development.