China’s Economic Engagement with the African Continent: Past Experience and Future Prospects

When: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 @ 09:00 - Fri, 20 Mar 2020

Where: Oxford

Hash Tag: #CSAEChinaAfrica

A special event just before next year’s CSAE conference that will focus on the topic of China–Africa economic relations. CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN!

China Africa CFPs Open

About the conference

We are delighted to announce that in 2020, the Centre for the Study of African Economies will hold its first-ever conference dedicated to China–Africa economic engagement. Empirical papers on the broad theme of China’s economic, development and political economy relationships with the African continent are invited. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to: aid, trade, foreign direct investment, industrialisation, public debt, Belt and Road Initiative, environmental sustainability, governance, and institutions

Keynote speaker: Prof. Deborah Bräutigam (Johns Hopkins University SAIS-CARI).
Alongside a keynote address and plenary panels, there will be parallel sessions where academics will present their empirical research. For these sessions, we will be looking for contributions on the broad theme of China’s economic and development relationships with Africa.

Convening panel: Meredith Crowley, Stefan Dercon, Lizzie Dipple, Markus Eberhardt, Pascal Jaupart, Benno Ndulu, Lina Song, and Adrian Wood.

Pre event in China

Depending on interest, the CSAE may organise a pre-event in China.

Please let us know if you would like to be considered for this event as well. The submission deadline for this event is 27 September 2019, earlier than the main submission deadline, so make sure you submit your paper in time, in order to be considered.

How do I submit a paper for consideration?

The call for papers is now open! Please submit your paper and abstract for consideration via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the text “China–Africa conference submission” in the subject line.

Both papers and extended abstracts are accepted, but priority will be given to full drafts of papers. Please ensure your paper also includes a short abstract (up to 500 words).

Papers should be attached to a submission email that contains the following details:

  1. Title of paper being submitted;
  2. Up to three subject keywords – such as trade, BRI, political economy, aid;
  3. Submitting author details (full name, address, email, and institution);
  4. Indication if applying for travel funding (Yes or No – see below for more details);
  5. Indication if want to be considered for possible pre-event in China (Yes or No – see below for more details);
  6. Paper abstract (max 500 words).

For more information abou the submission process, please see our frequently asked questions section.

The main submission deadline is 25 October 2019.

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Call for papers