Seven undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the Faculty of Social Sciences attended the 2016 G20 Hangzhou summit – the eleventh G20 meeting. Held on 4–5 September 2016 in the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, it is the first ever G20 summit to be hosted in China.
Professor Hugo Dobson and Dr Garrett Brown and students Evelyn Mantoiu, (Politics), Jessica Peppiate (Geography), Melissa Pilgrim, (East Asian Studies), Rishabh Kumar (Economics), Yanrong Lu (Journalism Studies), Eleni Ravanis (Geography) and Annemie Zimmerman (East Asian Studies) joined journalists and international delegates analysing policy debates from the G20 International media centre.
With the opportunity to attend press conferences with world leaders, such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping, students gained first-hand experience of responding to tight deadlines, giving interviews and providing real time analysis of the events. As policy analysts, students and staff wrote policy briefs and blogs for the Global Policy Journal, pertaining to discussions held at sessions at the summit.
A summary of blogs and policy briefs can be found here. (Scroll down to G20 Hangzhou Summit)