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31 May 2013: The Topic of Water: ‘China’s Growth Dries Up’

with Dr Leslie Young, Professor of Economics at  the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing

Friday 31 May, 7pm at Birkbeck College, Lecture Hall B18, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX

To book a place register:  http://waterdrleslieyoung.eventbrite.co.uk/

The New Zealand Studies Network brings the second of  The Topic of Water events to you, with Professor Leslie Young, Professor of Economics at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, discussing the history and implications of China’s water needs.

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China’s growth momentum is now entrenched in its political economy, but will be destabilized by the resulting water shortages and pollution. Historically, China’s culture and institutions were shaped by the high social returns to large-scale water management, but today its market-driven local governments have little capacity or motivation to address the looming water crisis. Instead, the likely response is the interception of neighbouring countries’ water flows, whose sources are conveniently concentrated in Tibet.

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Leslie Young was born in Guangzhou, China but grew up in Levin, New Zealand. He earned a B.Sc. Honours and M.Sc. at Victoria University of Wellington and a D.Phil. in Mathematics at Oxford. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Canterbury, V. F. Neuhaus Professor of Finance at The University of Texas at Austin, and Wei Lun Professor of Finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently Professor of Economics at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing.

 

‘The Topic of Water: in relation to the development, challenges and culture of contemporary New Zealand’

New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland) – NZSN – aims to bring experts and audiences together for lively debate about New Zealand and its place in the world.

In 2013 NZSN has invited academic, industry and observers to contribute to its theme ‘The Topic of Water: in relation to the development, challenges and culture of contemporary New Zealand’ and to the global issues, and present to NZSN’s London community.