Jing Gu - Research Fellow, Centre Director
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Dr Jing Gu is the Director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development and Convenor of the Rising Powers in International Development Programme. She has an interdisciplinary background in law, economics and international development and has extensive experience in the field of business and development.
She carries out academic research, training and consultancy on business, governance and development for the UNDP, UNCTAD, World Bank, African Development Bank, IPRC, MOFCOM, DFID, GTZ and NGOs such as the China-Africa Business Council.
She has led many interdisciplinary research projects involving multi-country teams, including the ground breaking pioneering research on China’s outward investment in Africa which involved field research in 12 African countries and 9 Chinese provinces from 2007-2012. Her innovative research work has provided important new insights into the complex reality of state and business motivational and operational practices, challenging orthodox conventional wisdom.
She has published widely on China and emerging powers, China’s international development role and China-Africa relations. Recent publications include “China and Emerging Economies in Development”, in Paul Haslam et.al. (eds) Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors and Issues (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), ‘International Development Law and Sustainable Development’ in Oxford Bibliographies: International Law (Oxford University Press, 2015); 'Is China's Role in African Fragile States Exploitative or Developmental? (IDS policy briefing 91 2015); 'China's Engagement in International Development Cooperation: The State of the Debate' (IDS Evidence Report 116, 2015); ‘Chinese State Capitalism? Rethinking the Role of the State and Business in Chinese Development Cooperation in Africa’ (forthcoming, World Development).
Strengthening the Capacity of the International Poverty Reduction Center in China for South-South Cooperation
The Implications of China’s “Going Out” Strategy for Inequality and Poverty Alleviation in Latin America and Africa
What Can the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Learn from Other Development Banks?IDS Policy Briefing 113 (2016)
Global development has reached a critical turning point. In addition to achieving middle-income status, several recipient countries are now also becoming donors and lenders to other developing countries. China in particular has rapidly expanded its development finance programme and launched new multilateral initiatives. More details
China’s New Silk Road to Development Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges
This paper explores issues relating to the debate on the nature of the contribution made by Chinese development cooperation, especially in Africa and Asia. More details
Trilateral Cooperation on Trade and Investment: Implications for African IndustrialisationIDS Policy Briefing 103 (2015)
Africa’s trade and investment relations with China and the UK has changed drastically over the last few decades, especially with Chinese economic growth. However, while economic openness, trade and investment appear to have come hand-in-hand with poverty reduction in the rise of the “Asian Tigers” and, recently, in China itself, the links appear, so far, to be less clear in sub-Saharan Africa. More details
Is China’s Role in African Fragile States Exploitative or Developmental?IDS Policy Briefing 91 (2015)
China’s increasing engagement in Africa has generated heated debates over the extent to which its activities are exploitative or developmental. More details
China’s Engagement in International Development Cooperation: The State of the DebateIDS Evidence Report 116 (2015)
This research aims to investigate the recent evolution of China’s discourse on development and aid. More precisely, how do China’s policymakers and influential scholars understand and debate China’s role in the field of international development aid, specifically in the context of China as a ‘rising power’? More details