DR Lauren Johnston

DR Lauren Johnston


  • 140202-Economic Development and Growth



  • Dr. Lauren A. Johnston joined the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics, as a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2015.

    Lauren's research agenda is focused on development economics with reference to China and to Africa, and China-Africa relations. Her projects include being a co-editor of the annual China Update series , alongside Prof. Cai Fang (Vice-President, CASS), Prof. Ross Garnaut (Melbourne) and Ass. Prof Ligang Song (ANU); comparative population ageing research around China's predicament of 'getting old before getting rich'; and China's outbound investment strategies and trends with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She has published multiple peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters in English and in Chinese, including an early (2012) paper linking East Africa and a concept of a "Maritime Silk Road" era.

    Prior to joining the Melbourne Institute, Lauren taught a Chinese economy course at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (IES), World Bank, World Economic Forum, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Overseas Development Institute (Fellow, Ministries of Finance of Sierra Leone and Guyana, 2003-05), and  Taylor and Francis. She has been a panellist on UNDP and IMF-hosted events, and also recently at the annual gathering of the China Economists Society and the international panel data conference. 

    Lauren holds a PhD in Economics from Peking University (2013), a MSc degree from the University of London (SOAS) and a BA/BCom from the University of Melbourne. She is an Australian and British national.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2015 McKenzie Fellowship three-year research fellowship (January)
    - for study of China-Africa development and international economics research

    2015 Dyason Fellowship (September)
    - for study the macroeconomic effects of ageing differently.   


Education and training

  • PhD, Peking University 2013
  • MSc, University of London 2003
  • B Com / BA, University of Melbourne 2000



Available for supervision

  • N

Supervision Statement

  • Lauren welcomes enquiries from students seeking to undertake graduate research on the Chinese economy, Africa development, and China-Africa economic relations.