Plenary Speakers

The Global Studies Conference will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Ross Buckley Shantong Li
Min Gong Hyun-Chin Lim
John M. Hobson Li Peilin
Seung Kuk Kim Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Arun Kumar Shujiro Yazawa

Garden Conversation Sessions

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations - unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

Ross Buckley
Ross Buckley is the Professor of International Finance Law at the University of New South Wales, founding Series Editor of the Global Trade Law Series, Kluwer Law International of The Hague and Series Co-Editor of Kluwer’s International Banking and Finance Law Series. His work focuses on ways to improve the regulation and resilience of national financial systems and the global financial system. He has consulted to government departments in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the U.S. and to banks and finance houses in Australia and the U.K..

Min Gong
Min Gong is a Professor of Economics and the Vice Director of the Center for Macroeconomic Research at Xiamen University, Fujian. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Fudan University, Shanghai, served as a visiting scholar at the Institution for Economic Research at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, and as a Freeman Fellow at the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illiois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research field includes economic growth, macroeconomic policy and international economics.

John M. Hobson
John M. Hobson is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield, and is co-director of the Political Economy Research. His main research interest lies in the critique of Eurocentrism and the reconstruction of a non-Eurocentric account of inter-civilisational relations, past and present. His two most recent books are: The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation (CUP, 2004); Everyday Politics of the World Economy (CUP, 2007 – co-edited with Leonard Seabrooke). He also has edited a volume of J.A. Hobson’s unpublished 1930s lectures entitled The Struggle for the International Mind (Routledge, forthcoming), and is currently finishing off a book manuscript entitled, ‘Defending the Western Interest: Historical Sociology of Eurocentrism in International Theory, 1760-2010’.

Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar is teaching Economics in Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University since 1984.

He went to Princeton University USA for Ph.D. in Physics but in 1977 switched to Ph.D. in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He completed B.Sc. (Physics) from St. Stephens College, India in 1970.

His book `The Black Economy in India’, published by Penguin has broken new ground in thinking about the Indian Economy and its development. He has specialized in Development, Public Finance and Public Policy and Macroeconomics and published many articles in these areas. He has published a book titled `Challenges Facing Indian Universities’ and written extensively on issues pertaining to Higher Education in India. He is currently working on a book on the Indian Economy since Independence.

He authored the Alternative Budgets for 1993-94 and 1994-95 which proposed alternative economic policies for the country. These were presented before a set of eminent citizens of the country. He has been a member of the Group producing the Alternative Economic Survey for the last 15 years. These documents provide an alternative analysis of the official data. He has written extensively on globalization and its impact on the Indian Society and on issues of public policy. The writings have been in academic journals as well in popular press.


Shantong Li
LI Shantong is a Senior Research Fellow and former Director General of the Department of Development Strategy and Regional Economy of Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council (People’s Republic of China). She was a member of the National Committee of CPPCC. She is also vice president of the Academic Committee of the China Development Research Foundation. She studied mathematics in Peking University, graduating in 1968 with a B.A., and in 1981 with an M.S. . She joined the Development Research Center in the same year. She has since played a key role in several national key projects for China’s economic development and joint development projects with the World Bank, UNDP, UNIDO, OECD and the ADB. She became vice director of the Bureau of Development and Forecasting of DRC in 1990 and became Director of that Bureau in 1995. She was a council member of the International Input-Output Association 2001-2003.

Hyun-Chin Lim

Dr. Hyun-Chin Lim is Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Seoul National University since 2006. Currently, he is the president of Korean Association of Political Sociology. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Asian-Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University, and as Independent Non-Standing Director, SK Telecom.

He received his B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Seoul National University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. He taught and did research at Korea Military Academy, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of California at San Diego, and Duke University. He was previously the dean of the Faculty of Liberal Education, the director of the Institute of Social Development and Policy Research both at Seoul National University, and has served as a consultant to the World Bank. He has worked as an editorial writer for the Hankook Ilbo [Korea Daily] and the Kyosooshinmoon [Professors’ Newspaper]. He served as the president of the Nara Association for National Policy in 1998, the co-founder and president of the Korean Association for NGOs Studies in 2001, the president of the Korean Sociological Association in 2006, and the founding president of Korean Association of International Development and Cooperation in 2008. He also served as Member of Presidential Commission for Policy Planning during 2005- 2007, and as a member of advisory committee for Ministry of Reunification in 2003, Ministry of Education during 2004-2006, and Ministry of National Defense during 2004-2006. At present, he works an advisory member for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Dr. Lim was registered in Who’sWho in the World in 1991. In 2007, he was nominated as ‘National Distinguished Scholar’, the most prestigious award in the area of humanity and social science, by both the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, and Korea Research Foundation. He has presented papers at many professional conferences, given public lectures on crucial development issues, and has been involved extensively in NGOs activities in Korea. His publications include more than 30 books and over 150 scholarly articles on dependency, development, democracy, and civil society in East Asia and Latin America.


Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Mellichamp Professor of global studies and sociology in the Global and International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in globalization, development studies and cultural studies. He currently focuses on new trends in twenty-first century globalization and the implications of economic crisis. He has been visiting professor in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Thailand. He is an editor of Clarity Press and associate editor of Futures, Globalizations, Encounters, European Journal of Social Theory, Ethnicities, Third Text and Journal of Social Affairs.

Shujiro Yazawa
Shujiro Yazawa has been teaching sociology more than 45 years in Tokyo. He has been Dean of the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University, 1992-1994. Presently he is Professor of Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University and a full professor of sociology, Faculty of Social Innovation, Seijo University in Tokyo.

He has published 15 books and more than 70 papers in various fields. The following are the best examples of his academic products. “Insurgents Against the Global Order” Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Vol.20, 1996 (with Manuel Castells and Anna Kiselyova), pp.21-59. “Alberto Melucci e la Sociologia Japonese” in Luisa Leonini ed., Identita e Movementi Sociale in una Societa Planetaria, 2003, pp.184-194. “Two Interpretations of Japanese Network Society” in Georgy Szell et al (ed.), European Social Integration- A Model for East Asia? 2009, pp.239-252. He is a board member of British Journal of Sociology, Chinese Journal of Sociology and New Cultural Frontiers.

He has been quite active in many academic organizations. He is currently President of Japan Sociological Society and a member of the Local Organizing Committee, the 18th World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama. He served for ISA as a member of the Executive Committee from 1994-2002. He has also been a board member of RC47 since 1994. He has been a Japanese representative of East Asian Sociologist Network Conference for eight years. It is trying to build East Asian regional academic community including China.