CESA holds an annual international conference in Australia. It also holds events on an irregular basis with international partners overseas. CESA is most grateful to a number of organisations that have provided sponsorship to its conferences, including The Ford Foundation (Beijing Office), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusAid. All the conference host institutions are also major sponsors of CESA conferences.

The 29th CESA Annual conference will be held at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia in 2017.


Year Theme Location Convenor
2019 The “New Normal Growth” and the Global Impact of Chinese Economy Monash University Dr Qingyuan Du
2018 China’s Economy in Xi Jinping’s ‘New Era’ University of Technology Sydney Dr Xunpeng Shi, Professor James Laurenceson
2017 China’s “New Normal” Growth: Opportunities and Challenges University of Western Australia Professor Yanrui Wu
2016 In Search of New Sources of Growth: What China Should Do Next? James Cook University Dr Sizhong Sun, Dr Hongbo Liu and Professor Zhangyue Zhou
2015 Sustainable development and capital markets: China’s role in the world economy University of Wollongong Dr Shiguang Ma, Professor Brian Andrew and Professor Gary Tian
2014 China at the Crossroads: The New Phase of Economic Reforms, Industrial Upgrading and Economic Development Monash University Associate Professor Tony Fang
2013 China: Economic Challenges in a New Era The University of Queensland Dr James Laurenceson
2012 Balance and Harmony in China’s Economic Development The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia Dr Jane Golley
2011 China’s Growth and the World Economy University of Western Australia, WA Professor Yanrui Wu
2010 (July) China: Economic Prosperity and Business Opportunities in the New Decade La Trobe University, Melbourne, Vic Dr Kok-Boon Oh
2010 (April) Economic Opening-Up and the Construction of Resource-Saving and Environment-Friendly Society in China Hunan University, Changsha, China Prof Zhangyue Zhou
2009 China in the post WTO environment: bilateral financial flows and investment strategies RMIT University, Melbourne, Vic Dr Lilai Xu
2008 30 Years of Economic Reforms in China: Retrospect and Outlook James Cook University A/Prof Zhangyue Zhou
2007 China’s Conformity to the WTO: Progress and Challenges Australian National University Prof Ross Garnaut, Dr Chunlai Chen and A/Prof Ligang Song
2006 Emerging China: Internal Challenges and Global Implications Victoria University, Melbourne Dr Enjiang Cheng and Professor Peter Sheehan
2005 Transition, Growth and Globalisation University of Western Australia A/Professor Yanrui Wu
2004 Outlook China: Growth vs Development University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld Dr James Laurenceson
2003 China in the New Era RMIT University, Melbourne, Vic Dr Lilai Xu
2002 Chinese Economy: Social, Economic, Institutional, and International Dimensions The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW Dr Guanghua Wan and Dr Zhangyue Zhou
2001 China’s Economy: Confronting Restructuring, Stability and International Competitiveness The University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW Associate Professor Charles Harvey
2001 International Workshop on the Chinese Economy Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, China Dr Yanrui Wu and the SASS team
2000 China: Growth Sustainability in the 21st Century Australian National University, Canberra Dr Ligang Song
1999 China in the World Economy The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC Dr Xiaoguang Zhang and Professor Peter Lloyd
1998 Where is the Chinese Economy Heading? The University of Sydney, Orange, NSW Dr Zhangyue Zhou and Dr Guanghua Wan
1997 The Economies of Greater China: Growth, Opportunities and Risks The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA Dr Yanrui Wu
1996 China and the Asia Pacific Economy The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD Dr Joseph Chai and Professor Clem Tisdell
1995 China’s Economy towards 2000 La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC Dr Gary Tian
1993 China and East Asian Economies in the 1990s Australian National University, Canberra Dr Guonan Ma
1992 Chinese Economy in Transition The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA Dr Yanrui Wu
1991 Trade, Investment and Economic Prospects in China’s Three Economies Monash University, Melbourne, VIC Dr Jianguo Wang
1990 China: Trade and Reform Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW Dr Jordan Shan
1989 Economic Issues in China Australian National University, Canberra Dr Yongzheng Yang and his team
1987 China’s Economic Development Australian National University, Canberra Dr Yongzheng Yang and his team