SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Dr Lauren A. Johnston

PhD (Peking, China)
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Overview

Research

China economy and economic demography; China-Africa economic relations.



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Johnston, L.A. (2019). The Economic Demography Transition: Is China’s ‘not rich, first old’ circumstance a barrier to growth? Australian Economic Review (available as early view since July). https://doi.org/10.1111/1467- 8462.12325.

Mao, H., L. A. Johnston, and Z. Yin (2019). The Self-Reported Patent Quality of Chinese Firms: Motivation Source and Technology Accumulation Effects Analysis. The Singapore Economic Review, 64(4), 939-960.

Johnston, L.A. (2019). An economic demography explanation for China’s ‘Maritime Silk Road’ interest in Indian Ocean countries. Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 15:1, 97-112, DOI: 10.1080/ 19480881.2019.1569326

Yuan, C., C. Li, and L. A. Johnston (2018).  The Intergenerational Education Spillovers of Pension Reform in China. Journal of Population Economics, 31(3): 1-31 (lead paper).

Johnston, L. A. (2018). The Belt and Road Initiative: What’s in it for China? Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 6(1), 40-58.

Johnston, L.A. (2018).  Harvesting from “poor old” China to harness “poor young” Africa’s demographic dividend. Bridges Africa, 7(5). International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva.

Garnaut, R., L. Johnston and L. Song (2017). “Where is the Chinese Economy Going? A Forum on Contemporary Policy and Performance.” Australian Economic Review 50, no. 4:441-449. Cited in a 2018 ASA (top field) journal paper

Johnston, L.A. (2017). Steel pipe dreams: A China-Guinea and China-Africa lens on prospects for Simandou’s iron ore. The Extractive Industries and Society, 4(2), pp.278-289. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j. exis.2016.08.004

Johnston, L.A. (2016). Africa, and China’s One Belt, One Road initiative: Why now and what next? Engaging with the emerging economies. Bridges Africa, Vol. 5(7) September. International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva.

  • Featured in The Standard (Kenya) (22/01/17)).

Johnston, L. A., S. L. Morgan and Y. Wang (2015). ‘The Gravity of China’s African Export Promise’, World Economy, 38, 6, 913–34 doi: 10.1111/twec.12229.

  • Early draft presented to Chinese President’s Africa adviser (2013); cited in 2018 ASA conference paper.

Johnston, L. A. & C. Yuan (2015). Chin a’s Africa Trade and Economic Policies. Journal of African- East Asian Affairs, 4.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7552/0- 4-145.

Johnston, L. & C. Yuan (2012). China-Africa Trade Challenges Research - Gravity Model Analysis, Journal of Guangdong University of Business Studies, 5(Oct): 46-52. http://vers2015mgr.cqvip.com/ qk/83089X/201205/ (published in Chinese).

Johnston, L. (2012). China-Africa Cooperation, Trade and Development: History and Prospects. Journal of Practice in Foreign Relations and Trade, Issue 10 (Oct): 9-13 (published in Chinese).

  • Early recent/initial Chinese language reference to the phrase “Maritime Silk Road”.

Occasional Papers, Working Papers and Conference proceedings


Freije, S., B. Hofman and L.A. Johnston China’s Economic Reforms, Poverty Reduction and the role of the World Bank: 1978-2018. World Bank Working Paper (forthcoming 2019).

Johnston, L.A. (2019). A Timely Economic Demography Lesson from China for the G20. Institute for Global Dialogue Occasional Paper No. 75, South Africa.

Johnston, L.A. and Earley, R. J. (2018). Can Africa Build Greener Infrastructure while Speeding up its Development? Lessons from China. South African Institute of International Affairs Occasional Paper 292 (December).

Johnston, L.A. (2016). ‘China-Africa economic transitions survey: Charting the return of a fleeting old normal’. 21st Century Tensions and Transformation in Africa, 38th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (28th-30th October 2015).

Edited volumes


Garnaut, R., L. Song, C. Fang and L. Johnston (editors) (2017). China’s New Sources of Economic Growth Vol. 2: Human Capital, Innovation and Technical Change. ANU Press, Canberra. ISBN: 9781760461294 (paperback: Volume 2).

Garnaut, R., L. Song, C. Fang. and L. Johnston (editors) (2016). China's New Sources of Economic Growth Vol. 1: Reform, Resources and Climate Change. ANU Press, Canberra. ISBN: 9781760460341 (paperback).

  • Cited in The Financial Times and The Nikkei.

Garnaut, R., L. Song, C. Fang and L. Johnston (editors) (2015). China's Domestic Transformation in a Global Context. ANU Press, Canberra. ISBN: 9781925022681 (paperback).

Book chapters


Johnston, L. ‘The role of Demography, History and Economics in China’s Belt and Road Outreach to Africa’ Routledge book chapter (attached to Tubingen University conference) (forthcoming 2019).

Johnston, L. (2018). ‘The Economics of China’s Africa Return’, in Binns, J, Lynch, K., and Nel, E. Handbook on African Development. Routledge (April).

Song, L., Fang, C. and L. Johnston (2017). ‘China’s Path Toward New Growth: Driver of Human Capital, Innovation and Technological Change’. China’s New Sources of Economic Growth Vol. 2: Human Capital, Innovation and Technical Change. ANU Press, Canberra, 1-19. dx.doi.org/10.22459/CNSEG.07. 2017.01.

Johnston, L. and M. Rudyak (2017). ‘China’s globalisation-shaping “innovative and pragmatic” foreign aid: from shaped by to shaping globalisation’, in Garnaut, R., L. Song, C. Fang, and L. Johnston (editors), China’s New Sources of Economic Growth Vol. 2: Human Capital, Innovation and Technical Change. ANU Press, Canberra, 431-455. dx.doi.org/10.22459/CNSEG.07. 2017.19.

  • Listed on George Washington University reading list; cited in ASA 2018 paper.

Garnaut, R., L. Song, C. Fang and L. Johnston (2016). ‘China’s New Sources of Economic Growth: A Supply-Side Perspective’, in Garnaut, R., L. Song, C. Fang, and L. Johnston (editors), China's New Sources of Economic Growth: Reform, Resources and Climate Change. ANU Press, Canberra, 1-21.

Johnston, L., X. Liu, M. Yang and X. Zhang (2016). ‘Getting Rich After Getting Old: China’s Demographic and Economic Transition in dynamic international context’, in Garnaut, R., L. Song, C. Fang, and L. Johnston (editors), China's New Sources of Economic Growth Vol. 1: Reform, Resources and Climate Change. ANU Press, Canberra, 215-246.

  • Cited in a Citi Group investor briefing, July 2016.
  • Cited in South China Morning Post and Citibank brief; used in German-China youth dialogue; on health economics reading lists in China (PKU) and France (ESSEC).

Garnaut, R., L. Song, C. Fang and L. Johnston (2015).  “Domestic Transformation in the Global Context”, in R. Garnaut, L. Song, C. Fang and L. Johnston (editors) China's Domestic Transformation in a Global Context, ANU Press, Canberra, 1-17.

Johnston, L. (2015). “Boom to cusp: Prospecting the ‘new normal’ in China and Africa”, in R. Garnaut, L. Song, C. Fang and L. Johnston (editors) China's Domestic Transformation in a Global Context, ANU Press, Canberra, 383-408.

  • Cited in 2018 ASA (top field) conference paper.

Wang, Y., Q. Xia, L. Johnston (2012). China-Africa Trade and Investment Relations: A History and Stylistic Facts, in Xia, Sustaining China’s Outward Investment: Opportunities and Challenges, China Economic Publishing Houseļ¼ŒCh. 5, pp. 61-75 (published in Chinese).

Yuan, C. and L. Johnston (2012). ‘China-Africa Trade Dependencies and Policies: An Economic Geography Perspective’, in Xia, Sustaining China’s Outward Investment: Opportunities and Challenges, China Economic Publishing House, Ch. 8, pp. 119-132 (published in Chinese).

Publications

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