Lauren Johnston

Dr Lauren Johnston is a Consultant Senior Researcher in our Foreign Policy Programme.

Work Title
Consultant Senior Researcher
SAIIA Programme
Foreign Policy
Areas of Expertise

China-Africa relations
Belt and Road Initiative
Chinese economy

Country Focus

Chinese (Mandarin)


Dr Lauren Johnston holds a PhD in Economics from Peking University. She has expertise in and is widely published on the economics and political economy of China-Africa relations, the Belt and Road Initiative and how population ageing impacts China’s economy. Dr Johnston is concurrently an Associate Professor at the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney. She previously worked at the University of Melbourne, Beijing Foreign Studies University, the World Bank, and as an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning of Sierra Leone.

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