About Us


The rapid deepening and broadening of ties between the African continent and China is one of the greatest stories of our age; it is the single most important geopolitical trend of the 21st century for Africa, and China’s economic miracle cannot be understood without analysing its multifarious partnerships with African countries.


Founded in 2008, the Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN) brings together scholars, graduate students, and experts to push forward research on the various facets of China's engagement with Africa. We aim to go beyond the often-extreme news headlines and to help provide an empirical basis for a better understanding of the nature and future of these interactions.

Our discussions focus not only on interactions between governments or state-owned enterprises, but also on the cultural bodies, NGOs, small and medium-sized businesses, minorities, and ordinary people that compose the intricate web of relations between China and Africa.