Time: Friday March 26, 2 pm-3:40 pm Helsinki Time (12:00 noon UK Time, 7 am New York Time, 8 pm Beijing Time)
Format: TEAM OR ZOOM (to be shared 1 week before the event)
Rules for participation
This workshop is open ONLY for senior and junior researchers who wish to actively participate and give constructive feedbacks to the presenters so that they can improve their current research. There is no open registration to the public. The presenters themselves will share the meeting link carefully with people whom they think can participate and offer constructive feedback.
Presenters MUST send JULIE CHEN the draft paper before Thursday 18 March. This will give other presenters time to read so that they can make constructive comments in the workshop.
14:00-14:10 Introduction: The Making of Belt and Road Initiative Projects in African States: Local Actors, Interests, and Policy Link-Ups (Julie Yu-Wen Chen, University of Helsinki)
14:10-14:20 Actors, Agency and Localization: The Making of an African Belt and Road Initiative
(Obert Hodzi, University of Liverpool)
14:20-14:30 Discussing Obert Hodzi’s paper
14:30-14:40 Adaptive Governance along Chinese-Financed BRI Railroad Megaprojects in East Africa (Maria Adele Carrai, New York University Shanghai & William Yuen YEE, Columbia University)
14:40-14:50 Discussing Marie Adele Carrai’s paper
14:50-15:00 Road from Rhetorical to Practical Appealing: A Case Study on Egypt’s Governmental Response to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from the Domestic Politics (Ye YUAN, Tsinghua University; Junzhe SHEN, China Development Bank Shenzhen Branch)
15:00-15:10 Discussion Yuan and Shen’s paper
15:10-15:20 Negotiating the Belt and Road Initiative in Eastern Africa: the Polymorphy of African Agency in Infrastructure Development (Frangton Chiyemura, Open University, UK; Elisa Gambino, University of Edinburgh & Tim Zajontz, University of Edinburgh & University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
15:20-15:30 Discussing Elisa, Frangton and Tim’s paper
15:30-15:40 Open discussion among presenters and conclusion