Dr Carlos Oya has degrees in Economics from Universidad Complutense of Madrid and SOAS (MSc Econ) where he also completed his PhD in Development Economics. He worked for several years in government in Mozambique, where he conducted extensive field research on rural labour markets and rural poverty. He was also a lecturer at the University Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique and is a visiting lecturer at Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He has written extensively on China’s engagement in Africa.
The interest in China’s engagement with Africa has grown fast in the past 10 years. This reflects both real trends in trade, investment and labor flows, but also a clash of perceptions about their potential impact on the development prospects of African economies and societies. This seminar tackled the basis for these different views and how empirically-grounded work often challenges well-established perceptions about China-Africa relations.