The 23rd Annual CESA conference was held at the University of Western Australia’s Business School on 7-8 July 2011. It was generously funded by the UWA Business School, the UWA Vice-Chancellor’s office, AusAID and the Ford Foundation (Beijing Office). During the two days speakers from Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland and Singapore presented 52 papers.
The opening speakers include UWA Vice Chancellor, Alan Robson, and Wang Yiner, the Consul-General of China’s Consulate-General in Perth. Professor Robson conveyed the message that unlike Western China, Western Australia is not the poor state in Australia. Madame Wang Yiner talked of her student life in Leeds, China’s economic development in recent decades and the Australia-China economic relationship.
Featured speakers in two keynote sessions were Anthony Rush (Reserve Bank of Australia), Xiaolu Wang (NERI, Beijing), Xiaoying Wu (Hitotsubashi University, Japan), Yang Yao (Peking University), Rod Tyers (UWA) and Peter Robertson (UWA). Speakers at the Special Symposium on Agricultural Economy were Ray Trewin (ANU), Jing Zhu (Nanjing Agricultural University) and Zhao Chen (Fudan University, Shanghai). The Special Symposium on Energy and Sustainability featured three speakers; Dora Marinova (Curtin University), Xiaoli Liu (Energy Research Institute, NDRC, Beijing) and Helian Xu (Hunan University).
The Deans’ Forum had four panelists: Xiabo Wu (Dean, Management, Zhejiang University), Kangning Xu (Dean, Economics, Southeast University), Funing Zhong (former Dean, Economics, Nanjing Agricultural University) and Yang Yao (deputy Dean, National School of Development, Peking University). In addition, there were two PhD student sessions at the conference. Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of China Agricultural Economic Review (Emerald publishing) as well as a monograph. The organizing committee members include Yanrui Wu (convener), Dahai Fu, James Cheong, Fei Yu and Helen Reidy.
China Update 2011 – Rising China: Global Challenges and Opportunities – held in Canberra on July 2011