SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Dr Lauren A. Johnston

PhD (Peking, China)
  • Research
  • Publications

Overview

Research

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



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles



Johnston, L.A. (2020). Australia in the African Century: A Macro Perspective on the Importance of the African Indian Ocean Rim. Australian Review of African Studies. Forthcoming in December issue (accepted May 27, 2020).

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



Johnston, L. (2020). Africa is Youth-rich but Demographic Dividend-poor: The case for an economic demography transition approach. Chapter in 2nd Murdoch University Africa Commission. Expected to be launched in November 2020.

Johnston, L.A. China’s Economic Demography Transition Strategy (2020). GLO Discussion Paper No. 593.

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



Hofman, B. and L. Johnston (2021). China’s Poverty Alleviation Experience: Lessons for Africa? Chapter within a forthcoming World Bank publication on Lessons from China for Africa.

Hofman, B. and L. Johnston (2021). Lessons from China’s poverty alleviation experience. For a book of to be published by China Daily (press) in 2021 (milestone poverty year for China)

Johnston, L. (2020). ‘Understanding demographic challenges of transition through the China lens’. Chapter within a Palgrave volume on transition economies, edited by Oleh Havrylyshyn and Elodie Douarin. 

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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