Policies for Sustainable Structural Transformation: A research symposium

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3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
SOAS University of London
Khalili Lecture Theatre
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Ha-Joon Chang and Antonio Andreoni, Professors at SOAS Economics and co-directors of the newly established Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation (CSST) based at SOAS University of London, convene thought leaders from academia, business and government to discuss how to make structural transformation sustainable in Africa and beyond.

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3:00pm - 3:15pm

Welcome to SOAS


Speeches on the SOAS-Hyundai partnership

3:15pm – 4:00pmRoundtable on energy transition and new sustainable infrastructure
  • Chair: Antonio Andreoni, Professor of Development Economics and Co-director of CSST (SOAS University of London) 
  • Yacob Mulugetta, Professor of Energy and Development Policy (STEaPP, University College London)
  • Omobola Johnson, Former Minister of Communication Technology of Nigeria and Senior Partner of TLcom Capital
  • Giuseppina Siciliano, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development (SOAS University of London)
4:00pm – 4:45pmRoundtable on industrialisation opportunities: critical minerals and the new geography of production
  • Chair: Annalisa Primi, Head of the Division on Economic Transformation and Development (OECD Development Centre) 
  • Tilman Altenburg, Head of Transformation of Economic and Social Systems (German Institute of Development and Sustainability) 
  • Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy (SPRU, University of Sussex) 
  • James Foster, Learning Director (Gatsby Africa)
5:15pm – 5:30pmCoffee break and networking 
5:30pm – 6:15pmRoundtable on green industrial policy and productive finance
  • Chair: Ha-Joon Chang, Professor of Economics and Co-director of CSST (SOAS University of London) 
  • Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Globalization and Development Strategies Division of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 
  • Natalya Naqvi, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy (London School of Economics) 
  • Arkebe Oqubay, British Academy Global Professor at SOAS University of London and Former Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. 
6:15pm – 6:30pm:Official launch of new Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation (CSST) Ha-Joon Chang and Antonio Andreoni, co-directors of CSST 
6:30pmDrinks Reception 

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  • Meeting ID: 394 225 6087
  • Passcode: CSSTopen24

About the Centre

The SOAS Centre for Sustainable Structural Transformation (CSST) reimagines and promotes structural transformation in an age of ecological and social crises through industrial policy that is long-term-oriented and frame-shifting. 

By acting as an action-oriented hub for research, learning and policy for the Global South, especially Africa, CSST conducts path-breaking research on structural transformation, industrial dynamics, and economic diversification strategies and on how to make them environmentally and socially sustainable. Going beyond research silos, CSST advances an integrated framework focusing on four inter-linked research and industrial policy areas: energy transition, critical minerals, restructuring of supply chains, and construction of new infrastructure. 

CSST conducts research in these areas through deep dives into countries and sectors, with a view to unlocking sector-specific binding constrains and promoting linkages across sectors. CSST’s research will be rooted in the understanding of national and international political economy, trends in industrial and technological changes, and the constant changes in business models.