The politics of Chinese engagement with African 'development': Case studies of Angola and Ghana

Lead Research Organisation: Open University
Department Name: Communication & Systems

Abstract

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Description The initial findings fed into a series of subsequent grants on Chinese migration, Chinese oil companies, and Chinese hydropower investment. This project highlighted the complex and varied way that China engages with Africa and the outcomes of this for African development. We started with quite broad brush assumptions about 'The Chinese' given the more or less absolute lack of data. Through the project we developed more sophisticated ways of understanding the interplay of Chinese and African actors, which we developed in subsequent projects. For example, we championed African agency in the migration project and a more fine-grained political analysis in the oil project.
Exploitation Route The data was submitted to the UK Data Service
Sectors Energy,Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description Most of our findings have been used by researchers, either in academia or policy-related fields.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Africa without Europeans? : Chinese colonialism and postcolonial geopolitics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Seminar paper

Requests for papers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Africa without Europeans? : Chinese colonialism and postcolonial geopolitics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Seminar paper

Requests for copies of my papers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Africa without Europeans? : the implications of China's rise for development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact To be presented at a postgraduate reading workshop held over two days in London aimed at research students in all areas of development geography and related sub-disciplines. It will bring together leading academics and postgraduate students for a focused and in-depth set of discussions around current themes and trends in research in development geography. The aim is to use the time to consolidate thinking on critical and emerging themes during discussion groups lead by leading academics in the field, based on pre-circulated readings. There will also be opportunities to meet and chat with other postgraduate students in development geography from across the UK.

Request to be a PhD supervisor
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Angola 2025 : the future of the 'world's richest poor country' as seen through a Chinese rear-view mirror 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Seminar organised by the Department of Geography in their 'Space, Markets and the question of Development' seminar series.

Discussed questions of energy and infrastructure
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description China in Africa : the human rights impact 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Roundtable discussion at workshop organised by LSE students union and Waging Peace

Many of the issues were new to the audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
 
Description China's involvement in Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Giles Mohan, reader in the politics of International Development and CCIG member, gives a 90-second video lecture on China's involvement with Africa and why it may or may not be a good thing for the region. Duration: 90 seconds.

Not aware of any
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Conference paper on researching China-Africa relations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Paper was entitled Mohan, G., Lampert, B., Tan-Mullins, M., and Atta-Ankomah, R. (2017) 'The (im)possibility of Southern theory: co-producing knowledge about China-Africa relations', and presented at the workshop entitled 'Researching South-South Development Cooperation: Critical Reflections on Epistemological and Methodological Challenges', 3-4 April, University of Cambridge.

The paper will appear as a chapter in Researching South-South Development Cooperation: critical reflections on the politics of knowledge production, Routledge: London. Edited by Adriana Erthal Abdenur (Instituto Igarapé), Elsje Fourie (University of Maastricht), Emma Mawdsley (Cambridge University) and Wiebe Nauta (University of Maastricht)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/26939
 
Description Disaggregating the effects of Africa and China's revived relations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presented at workshop titled 'BRICS and Ghana's strategy in the current crisis : a focus on China'

Audience requested copies of papers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Literary Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 300 attended a session at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on the 'New Silk Road'

Asked to speak elsewhere
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Over a barrel : China's oil diplomacy in Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Paper given at a symposium on African and oil at University of California Santa Cruz

A new topic for many students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
 
Description Over a barrel : China's oil diplomacy in Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited seminar

Students were unaware of many of the issues around Chinese engagement in African oil
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
 
Description Over a barrel : China's oil diplomacy in Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Presented as part of weekly colloquium on Global Issues, co-sponsored by College 9 and the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies, and hosted by the University of California, Santa Cruz http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/AFRICOM/syllabus.pdf

http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/AFRICOM/syllabus.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
URL http://ic.ucsc.edu/~rlipsch/AFRICOM/syllabus.pdf
 
Description Princes Teaching Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The talk sparked questions

The feedback on the event was very good and I was asked to do another event for them the following year
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description South-south conceptions of aid effectiveness : the geopolitics of Chinese engagement with African development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The first seminar in the Critical Research, Social Justice and International Aid series, held at IDPM, Manchester in October 2007, discussed how political and social history is a shaper of current aid relations through exploring studies relating to the Former Soviet Union, the Caribbean, China (and the history of its aid to Africa), and Palestine.

Invited to give paper in Finland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
 
Description VIth Form Geography teachers day on China 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 30 teachers attended an event on teaching China to A/S level students

Not known
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014