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Jing Gu

Research Fellow, Centre Director

Dr Jing Gu is the Director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development at the Institute of Development Studies. She has an interdisciplinary background in law, economics and international development and has extensive experience in the field of governance, business and development.

As Centre Director, Jing Gu not only provides academic, policy and administrative leadership but also 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 Brief 91, 2015); ‘China’s New Silk Road to Development Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges’ (United Nations University Press, 2015); ‘The BRICS in International Development: The State of the Debate’ (Forthcoming, Palgrave); and ‘Chinese State Capitalism? Rethinking the Role of the State and Business in Chinese Development Cooperation in Africa’ (Open Access Special Issue Vol 81, World Development, 2016).

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Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development

The Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development is at the forefront of research and practical analysis that helps connect governments, donors, civil society, and academia to explore new way to address global development challenges.


Rising Powers in International Development Programme

The Rising Powers in International Development programme is developing an evidence-base around the role of rising powers (including the BRICS countries) in development and will be producing practical policy guidance on effective approaches for engaging with them.


Journal Article

Perspectives on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

IDS Bulletin 49.3

The establishment of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) created the unique opportunity to bring together and explore synergies between South–South cooperation (SSC) and traditional aid, or North–South cooperation. However, the GPEDC lacks support from both...

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Jing Gu & 3 others

30 July 2018

Journal Article

Introduction: Beyond Aid – The Future of Development Cooperation

IDS Bulletin 49.3

This introduction explains the rationale behind this issue of the IDS Bulletin, and identifies the key issues and research questions addressed by the contributors. In so doing, it identifies the emerging outlook of future international development cooperation, such as the new model, approaches,...

Naohiro Kitano

24 July 2018

Jing Gu’s recent work