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Johanna Malm (previously Jansson)


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I defended my dissertation "When Chinese development finance met the IMF's public debt norm in DR Congo" on the 15th April 2016. The dissertation can be downloaded here: 

If you are interested in my field work based analysis of the Sicomines agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the role of the IMF in relation to that agreement, I recommend you to read the following parts of my dissertation:

Chapter 5 (sections 1 and 4)

Chapter 6 (in its entirety)

Chapter 7 (in its entirety)



I have been conducting empirically grounded research on the Chinese presence in African countries since I completed my studies in 2008 (MA Peace and Conflict Studies, Umeå University, Sweden; BA Political Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa). Between 2007 and 2009, I held researcher positions at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. During this period, I conducted field work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Uganda, and completed shorter research visits to China and Cameroon. In my capacity at the Centre for Chinese Studies I authored and edited a variety of publications on the Chinese presence in Africa, and gave numerous talks on the subject.


In 2010, I started my doctoral research as a PhD candidate in International Development Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark. My PhD thesis deploys a Coxian framework and explores whether and how the Sicomines agreement, a Chinese commercial development finance offer, impacted on the IMF's power to set norms in terms of public debt management in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have conducted a total of five months of field research for the dissertation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa and Lubumbashi), conducting around 150 interviews with Chinese, Congolese and Western stakeholders.


I am committed to engaging with media, policy makers and the public around my work. I am interested in providing commentary on the Chinese presence in the various aspects of African social and economic life in English and French (fluent) and in Swedish (mother tongue).


All my publications and press cuttings are listed below. My CV can be found here



  • Economics, Politics
  • The power of the IMF
  • Chinese development finance
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The Chinese presence in Africa
  • Coxian approach to IR
  • International Development Studies

Research Output

How does China challenge the IMF’s power in Africa?

Malm, J., 7 Dec 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperCommissioned

Open Access

When Chinese development finance met the IMF's public debt norm in DR Congo

Malm, J., 2016, Roskilde: Roskilde Universitet. 198 p.

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch

Open Access

"Biståndet behövs för kamp mot korruption"

Malm, J., 13 Nov 2015, In : Svenska Dagbladet.

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Comment/debateCommunication

Open Access

China - DRC Sicomines deal back on track

Jansson, J., 4 Aug 2014, In : The Africa Report (Paris).

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

The Sicomines agreement revisited: prudent Chinese banks and risk-taking Chinese companies

Jansson, J., Mar 2013, In : Review of African Political Economy. 40, 135, p. 152-162

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


  • 8 Lecture and oral contribution
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course