Dr Jing Gu is the Director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development and Convenor of the Rising Powers in International Development Programme at the Institute of Development Studies. She has an interdisciplinary background in law, economics and international development and has extensive experience in the field of business and development. She carries out academic research, training and consultancy on business, governance and development for the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, IPRC, the Ministry of Commerce People's Republic of China (MOFCOM), the Department for International Development, the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ), and NGOs such as the China-Africa Business Council.
She has led many interdisciplinary research projects involving multi-country teams, including the ground breaking pioneering research on China's outward investment in Africa which involved field research in 12 African countries and nine Chinese provinces from 2007-2012. Her innovative research work has provided important new insights into the complex reality of state and business motivational and operational practices, challenging orthodox conventional wisdom. She has published widely on China and emerging powers, China's international development role and China-Africa relations.