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Senior Research Fellow, Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI), Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham

Dr. Bin Wu is a Senior Research Fellow of Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Nottingham University Business School. Before joining the University of Nottingham in 2007, he had seven years of research experience in Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) at Cardiff University.

Dr. Wu holds a BSc in Physics, a MA in Philosophy of Science and Technology, and a PhD in Human Geography. His research interests include: rural revitalisation and sustainability, farmer innovation system and government intervention, social capital for small farmer empowerment and bottom-up development, internal and international migration, interdisciplinary and multiple stakeholders' engaged methodology. He has substantial experience in designing and delivering research or consultant projects in different domains and/or from different funding sources, including: international shipping, internal organisations (e.g. EU, ILO/IOM), central or local governments (Italian and UK), and research councils (e.g. ESRC, NERC, British Academy).

He is a author or co-editor of many monographs and edited volumes in a range of themes, such as: Sustainable Development and Farmer Innovation in Rural China (Routledge, 2003), Global Seafarers (ILO, 2004), Marginalisation in China (Ashgate, 2007), Sustainable Reform and Development in Post-Olympic China (Routledge, 2010), China's Development and Harmonization (Routledge, 2013), Chinese Higher Education Reform and Social Justice (Routledge, 2011, 2015). His has published over 50 articles in international peer- reviewed journals including: Journal of Rural Studies, Agriculture and Human Values, Land Use Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Ethnic and Racial Studies. He had been a co-editor of the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (2014-2018) and a guest editor for many special issues of international journals: Business and Society (2015), Journal of Contemporary China (2011, 2013), Journal of Chinese Overseas (2016) and Journal of Integrative Agriculture (2020).

Currently he is leading a Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) pilot project, supporting cooperatives to empower small farmers in China (with Sichuan Agricultural University), associated with the initiative of two projects: potato industrialisation and cooperative development in Liangshan, Yi Minority Prefecture of Sichuan (with James Hutton Ltd, Sichuan Provincial Government and others), and social innovation for poverty alleviation and rural revitalisation of China (with YouCheng China Social Entrepreneur Foundation).


  • 2007–present
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
  • 2000–2007
    Research associate, Cardiff University