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Workshop: The Belt and Road Initiative – The role of China in contemporary international development

15 October 2019, 10:00 - 16:30
Christodoulou Building CMR15
10:00 Welcome Coffee/Tea

10:15- 10:30: Welcome and Introduction Lorena Lombardozzi (Open University)

10:30-12:00 Session 1

Alan Shipman (Economics at The Open University)
China's technology transfer: knowledge broking or IP theft?

Dr Lorena Lombardozzi (Economics at The Open University)
From socialist accumulation to BRI: challenges of structural transformation in the opening post-Soviet space

12:00- 13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Session 2: Guest lecture speaker

Prof Xiangming Chen Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, US
China’s Reconnection to Europe via the BRI: The China-Europe Freight Train and Its Impact on China’s Interior and Border Cities

14:30–16:15 Session 3

Dr Frangton Chiyemura (DPP, The Open University)
Beyond politics? Ethiopian and Chinese financing and development of Adama wind farms

Dr Tayyab Safdar (Post-Doctoral Researcher Centre of Development Studies & China Centre University of Cambridge, UK)
Local agency in Belt & Road Initiative Projects: The case of the Main Line – 1 railway project in Pakistan

16:15- 16:30 concluding remarks

To attend sessions, please register by email to by Wednesday 9 October. Please advise if you require lunch.

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