The 28th CESA Annual Conference, James Cook University, Cairns, 17-19 July 2016

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The 28th Annual Conference of the Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA)

 In Search of New Sources of Growth: What China Should Do Next?

 James Cook University, Cairns Campus
Cairns, Australia, 17-19 July 2016


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 The Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA) in conjunction with the College of Business Law and Governance, and the Cairns Institute at James Cook University will jointly organise the CESA’s 28th Annual Conference in Cairns, Australia, 17 -19 July 2016.

In the past three decades, remarkable achievements have been made in China’s development, with economic growth averaged at 9% per annum. Rapid economic growth benefits ordinary Chinese, as can be observed that more and more Chinese travel overseas, for sight-seeing, shopping and even hunting for real estate assets. Coupled with these remarkable achievements are a number of challenges that are exerting an increasingly significant constraint on China’s road ahead, such as environmental pollutions, income inequality, and regional disparities. For example the widely spread smog in China’s major cities is likely to affect people’s health in a negative way. The recent policy shocks, namely the “Olympic Blue” and “APEC Blue”, appear to suggest a cost of 50% economic activities to immediately address this issue.

Faced with such increasingly binding constraints, Chinese economy appears to settle in a lower growth trajectory, a status of so-called “new normal” (新常态). In response, policy makers are searching for new sources of growth, internally through institutional reforms such as the experimentation of free trade zones and externally through a number of initiatives such as the One Belt and One Road initiative and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Nevertheless, it is not clear how effective these measures will be and to what extent the constraints will affect Chinese economy. Hence, it is very opportune and most appropriate to hold an international conference to review, evaluate and outlook China’s economy into future. Accordingly the conference carries with the title: “In Search of New Sources of Growth: What China Should Do Next?”

The conference will invite selected distinguished scholars and government officials, from China, Australia, and elsewhere, to deliver keynote speeches. A policy forum has also been planned to particularly cater for the business community and public sector to update their knowledge on the Chinese economy and market.

Major topics that will be dealt with at the Conference include, but not limited to:

  • Economic growth and sustainability
  • Economic/structural reform in China
  • Resource demand and supply and long-term strategies
  • Environmental issues, climate change and regional development
  • Globalisation, including the inward and outbound FDI, and urbanization in China
  • Agricultural and rural development, such as food security issues, farm land reform, and the urban-rural relationship
  • Tourism industry’s development and outlook
  • Poverty and inequality alleviation
  • The Belt and Road Initiative: New opportunities and challenges for the development
  • Australia-China trade and FDI relations, in particular trade in agricultural goods
  • The role of competition in China’s future growth
  • Innovation as a new source of growth
  • The role of sharing economy
  • Demography, ageing, and health issues in China
  • Other macro/micro-economic issues in China.

We would like to invite people from any background – industry personnel, government officials, academia, business consultants, and so on, who are interested in China’s economy – to join us at this important international event in Cairns, Australia.

Key Dates:

  • March 31: abstracts of papers due (please email submissions in word files to
  • April 15: Notification of acceptance
  • May 1: Conference online registration opens
  • June 1: Conference online registration closes
  • June 10: Full papers due
  • July 15: Pre-conference networking (at own cost)
  • July 17: Reception
  • July 18 – 19: Presentation
  • July 20: Post-conference networking (at own cost)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Wing Thye Woo, Professor of Economics, University of California Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Economic Papers.
  • Luigi Pistaferri, Professor of Economics, Stanford University, Co-Editor, American Economic Review.
  • Hanming Fang, Class of 1965 Term Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Acting Director, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Chinese Economy Working Group, Co-Editor, International Economic Review.

Policy Forum:

  • Moderator: Iain Gordon, Professor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environment and Societies, James Cook University.
  • Steve Kates, Associate Professor, RMIT University.
  • Fuqian FANG, Professor of Economics, Renmin University of China, Member of Policy Advisory Experts Group of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, P. R. China.
  • Jammie Penm, Chief Commodity Analyst and Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Commodities and Trade Branch in ABARES.
  • Chris Legg, Chief Adviser in the Macroeconomic Group, the Treasury, tentatively confirmed.
  • Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tourism Forum:

  • Moderator: TBC
  • Philip Pearce, Foundation Professor of Tourism at James Cook University, Australia.
  • George Chen, Dr., Manager of Tourism Forecasting, Tourism Research Australia, Austrade.
  • Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.


  • Selected quality papers presented in this conference will be invited to publish at a special issue of Singapore Economic Review (SER), subject to the usual review process of SER. SER is a SSCI indexed journal and is ranked B by Australian Business Deans Council. The guest editors are Dr. Sizhong Sun of James Cook University, Professor Yanrui Wu of University of Western Australia and Assistant Professor Laura Wu of Nanyang Technological University.
  • Papers on sustainable development in China are invited to publish at a special issue of Sustainability, subject to the journal’s usual review process. Sustainability is a SSCI indexed journal and has an impact factor of 0.942 (2014). The guest editors are Dr. Hongbo Liu, Dr. Sizhong Sun, and Prof Iain Gordon of James Cook University.

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Registration Fees:

  • Member of CESA: A$300
  • Non-member of CESA: A$350
  • Students: A$200
  • Forum Participants Only:  A$100
  • Forum & Dinner Participants:  A$150

Visa, Travel and Accommodation:

Visa, travel, accommodation and online registration information and assistance will be provided in due course.

Participants are encouraged to book your accommodation as soon as you have decided to attend the conference. Accommodation in Cairns is generally very tight and especially so in July due to high demand by tourists.

Generally, one needs to book their accommodation a few months earlier for July occupancy in Cairns. We strongly urge you to make your bookings without any delay. While the conference organisers will do whatever to help, we cannot guarantee you that we can find one for you if you leave it too late.

The Conference Hotel is Rydges Tradewinds Cairns. We recommend participants to book their accommodation at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns. Rydges Tradewinds Cairns will provide complimentary transfers to and from the JCU, Cairns campus(the conference venue). The conference dinner will also be held at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns. Participants who book accommodation elsewhere need to organize own transportation to JCU, Cairns campus.

Other Cairns hotel information available at Wotif.

Tourism information:

Paper Submission and Conference Inquiries:

For submission and any inquiries about the conference, please email: or contact:

Convenor: Sizhong Sun (孙思忠)
College of Business, Law & Governance
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
James Cook University, QLD 4814
Phone: +61 7 4781 4710
Fax: +61 7 4781 4019

Local Organising Committee:

  • Dr Hongbo Liu, James Cook University
  • Prof Stewart Lockie, James Cook University
  • Prof David Low, James Cook University
  • Ms Janie Edwards, James Cook University
  • Ms Jennifer McHugh, James Cook University
  • Prof Philip Pearce, James Cook University
  • Prof Natalie Stoeckl, James Cook University
  • Dr Sizhong Sun, James Cook University
  • Prof Zhangyue Zhou, James Cook University
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