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Jing Gu - Research Fellow, Centre Director

Business, Markets and the State; Governance; Green Transformations
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Jing Gu has an interdisciplinary background in law, economics and international relations. She has extensive experience in the field of business and development.

She is the director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, and leads the programme’s work on China and on Emerging Powers in African Economic development.

She carries out academic research, training and consultancy on business, governance and development for the UNDP, UNCTAD, African Development Bank, International Poverty Reduction Centre in China, MOFCOM, DFID, GTZ and NGOs such as China-Africa Business Council.

She has led several interdisciplinary research projects involving multi-country teams. Research interests include development policy, governance and accountability, trade and sustainable development.

The RPID Programme aims to provide high-level guidance on key debates in international development policy and on how IDS and its partner organisations can best influence these debates through research and other activittes.

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China is now the African continent's biggest trading partner, and also involved in a wide range of development cooperation projects including in agriculture, health and social policy. The Rising Powers in International Development Programme is looking at the growing role of China in the field of international development cooperation.

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The study aimed to generate knowledge on what is the best way that Africa can benefit from China's strong economic engagement with the continent.

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The purpose of this project is to explain and evaluate China’s approach and contribution to governance, development and state-building in Africa's 'fragile states.'

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This IDS led project aims to evaluate changing trade and investment relations between China, and also the UK, with Kenya and South Africa and the consequences of these changes.

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This IDS led project aims to evaluate changing trade and investment relations between China, and also the UK, with Kenya and South Africa and the consequences of these changes.

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The Development Studies Learning Partnership was created under the BRICS Initiative in 2011, and enables collaborative learning between traditional and emerging actors in development, be they academics, researchers, practitioners or policy-makers.

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An evaluation of DFID's China Country Programme, assessing the country strategy, links to poverty outcomes and DFID's corporate objectives.

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This programme will assess the impact of new interventions and policy options across a range of policy areas.

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This project, funded by the Chinese Government's Ministry Of Commerce, is aimed at addressing how IDA is given to developing countries (particularly Africa) and if there are ways of improving China's development assistance to create opportunities for independent development.

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This research seeks to assess the impact of China’s growing economic relationships in Latin America and Africa in the context of a major structural shift in the global political economy; ‘South-South dialogue’; and sustainable development strategies addressing poverty alleviation and reduced inequality.

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China's engagement with Africa has continued to attract much attention across the world. A debate has formed about the benefits of this engagement on Africa's development. This project aims to identify and evaluate the implications of Chinese FDI on African development.

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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 Debate

IDS 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

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Understanding China’s Approaches to International Development

IDS Policy Briefing 75 (2014)

China’s impressive economic growth and increasing development activities overseas, particularly in the African continent, have spurred intense debate and criticism over its role as a rising power in international development. More details

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China and International Development: Challenges and Opportunities

IDS Bulletin 45.4 (2014)

In parallel to its domestic economic boom, China has grown increasingly active and influential on the international stage, including in global development. China’s re-emergence on the global stage is both a cause and a symptom of the fundamental sea change now affecting development assistance and policy. More details

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Post-crisis prospects for China-Africa relations

This paper discusses how China's relationship with Africa is contributing to its overall development and emphasizes the central role of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). More details

Thematic Expertise:
Aid; BRICS and Rising Powers; Capacity Development; Governance.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Business and Development Centre; Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development; Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development; Rising Powers in International Development.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; China.