Schmalz will conduct research at the Max Weber College on "Globalisation in the Cancer Course: New Lines of Conflict in the International Division of Labour". The project is devoted to current conflicts which are being caused by the rise of China in the world economy. One focus is on disputes over Chinese direct investment in the high-tech sector. It discusses what 'deglobalisation' means. Schmalz also plans to conduct research in China and the USA in the coming years.
The Heisenberg Programme is aimed at "outstanding scientists" whose research projects are characterised by "high scientific quality and originality". Hartmut Rosa, Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg: "In this project, which focuses on problems of the international division of labour using the example of China, we also see great potential for inter-faculty cooperation with colleagues at the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences, and especially the Willy Brandt School."