SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Chinese firms and employment dynamics in Africa

Dr Carlos Oya and Dr Florian Schaefer

Date: 27 June 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 27 June 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Workshop

In this workshop researchers from the IDCEA project (Industrial Development, Construction and Employment in ) present the main findings of 4 years of research on employment patterns and outcomes in the infrastructure construction and manufacturing sectors in Angola and Ethiopia, where large-scale surveys of workers and extensive qualitative research were conducted between 2016 and 2018. The speakers will present the research design and main findings of the project and discuss the trends in labour relations in Chinese firms in Africa in comparison with other firms active in the same sub-sectors. Two discussants with substantial research experience on China-Africa themes will also contribute with reflections on the main findings of this project and their implications for research and policy. The event will be followed by a networking reception which will include the exhibition of 25 photos taken from field sites in Angola and Ethiopia by Davide Scalenghe.


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Video of final dissemination event of IDCEA project at SOAS, London 27 June 2019


Stephen Chan, Professor of International Relations, SOAS University of London


  • Carlos Oya, Principal Investigator, SOAS, University of London
  • Florian Schaefer, Co-Investigator, London School of Economics


  • Linda Calabrese, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
  • Irene Yuan Sun, Centre for Global Development, previously at Mckinsey Institute

Organiser: Dr Carlos Oya

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