First Young Scholars Conference 2021

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About the conference

The First Young Scholars Conference on Structural Change and Industrial Policy in Africa presents papers from young scholars whose work engages with these themes, challenges existing paradigms on structural transformation in Africa and seeks innovative ways for advancing our understanding of functional industrial policy across the continent. We especially encourage research that takes a pluralist perspective. The purpose of this conference is to contribute to scholarship on structural change and industrial development and policy in Africa, specifically among young scholars.

Senior international scholars will act as discussants on the papers to provide feedback on presented papers. The conference will be held virtually. Attendance without presentation of papers is welcome. Certificates of attendance/presentation will be provided on request.

The conference opens with a keynote address from Prof Arkebe Oqubay (Senior Minister and Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia) and closes with a panel discussion between Prof Carlos Lopes (UCT), Dr Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane (UN-IDEP) and Prof Léonce Ndikumana (UMass Amherst).

About the host institutions

The DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI-ID) is based at the University of Johannesburg, and undertakes research, capacity building and public and policy engagement focused on industrial development. The Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) supports and inspires the next generation of new economic thinkers and aims to transform the discourse in economics by establishing an open space for economic thought and inquiry. These institutions have collaborated in this joint conference in recognition of the need to strengthen research on structural change and industrial development and policy amongst young scholars in Africa.

Conference programme

First Young Scholars Program