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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).

Jing Gu’s recent work

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,...

24 July 2018


China–UK–Africa Trilateral Cooperation on Trade and Investment: Prospects and Challenges for Partnership for Africa’s Development

IDS Evidence Report 218

This study was conducted in the context of the China–UK Cooperation on African Trade and Investment for Poverty Reduction. It focuses on the evolution of bilateral relations between China and the UK towards trilateral relations with Africa and on building a framework for future cooperation.

1 January 2017


State–Business Relations Beyond Growth: Bringing in Development

IDS Evidence Report 215

The signatories of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have called on a wide range of businesses ‘to apply their creativity and innovation’ to address sustainable development challenges. Yet the role of business in contributing to development depends profoundly on its interaction...

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Seife Ayele & 5 others

1 December 2016


The BRICS in International Development

This book offers a comprehensive comparative perspective on the increasingly significant development cooperation activities of the BRICS. Providing a powerful set of insights into the drivers for engagement within each country, it brings together leading experts from Brazil, Russia, India,...

1 November 2016