In January, Robert Walker, Research Associate and Professor Emeritus, was one of 12 foreign experts invited to meet with the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in the Great Hall of the People. The occasion was the consultation of the 2019-2020 National Plan being prepared by China’s State Council, the chief administrative authority of the People's Republic of China. During the two-day event Professor Walker spoke about the policy implications of taking a dynamic and multidimensional perspective on poverty in the context of China’s intention to eradicate poverty by 2020, and the Sustainable Development goals that require all countries to halve poverty in all its dimensions by 2030. Two Nobel laureates, Paul Romer (Economics, 2018) and Konstantin Novoselov (Physics, 2010) were among the other foreign experts consulted.
Robert has written a blog piece reflecting on his experiences in Beijing so far - he moved in October 2018 to take up a new position as Professor in Social Policy and Development at Beijing Normal University under China's 'High Level Foreign Talents' programme.