“The rise of China will undoubtedly be one of the great dramas of the twenty-first century”

                                                                    (Ikenberry 2008: 23)

What impact will Asia’s rise have on the rest of the developing world? DPP research on the Asian Drivers has produced the first and most detailed analysis of the complex economic, political and social impacts of China’s rise on Africa

Research design:

Asia has become the major source of dynamism in the global economy, largely as a result of the rapid growth of China and India.

The Asian Driver economies are distinctive because of:

  • their size
  • their rapid growth
  • their recent emergence
  • the distinctiveness of their firms and states

The global Asian Drivers research network seeks to provide answers to six sets of policy- and poverty-related challenges posed to low-income economies by the rise of the Asian Drivers:

  • What are the consequences for their economic growth?

  • Who are likely to be the losers and winners from the growing dynamism of the Asian Drivers?

  • What is the likely impact of the dynamism of the Asian Drivers on the environment?

  • Given these growth, distributional and environmental impacts, what are the implications for development strategies in developing economies?

  • How should developing countries now engage with the global economy?

  • Given their rapid growth and size, what are the implications of this shift in global power for institutions of local, national, regional and global governance, in the public, private and non-governmental sectors?

Academics from DPP are involved in  managing a network of European researchers in an ESRC sponsored initiative to create a network of researchers working on China’s impact in Africa (http://risingpowers.open.ac.uk/)

Researchers from DPP are playing a leading role in the 22-country studies of the Africa Economic Research Consortium on the Impact of China on Africa (http://www.aercafrica.org/programmes/research_collab_china.asp)

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As well as having fantastic supervisors and many opportunities to attend relevant conferences, workshops and so on, a distinctive feature of doing a doctorate at DPP is that you are completely integrated into the unit, in the same way as academic staff.

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