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Professor of Law and Business, University of Derby

Prior to joining the University of Derby in 2020, I taught in a few universities such as Essex, Leicester and Hull. I have worked for International Organisations such as the Basel Convention in Geneva and the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York. I was also a legal consultant in a Chinese bank, and an expert group member of an influential think-tank the Legatum Institute in London.

I recently received a grant from the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship on a project 'Stock Connect: A New Model of Financial Market Integration' in 2019-2020. In 2017, I was funded by the HEFCE Newton Funds to organise a conference entitled 'Ethics and Challenges in Chinese Financial Markets' and the Erasmus+ mobility programme to visit the University of Macau. In 2016, I was awarded a City Venture Research Grant to conduct research regarding the growth stories of two cities – Hong Kong and Shenzhen. In 2013-15, I was awarded funding by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust for the project 'A Tale of Three Cities - Unravelling the Common Law Advantage'. Furthermore, my PhD research at SOAS University of London was supported by the Central Research Fund, University of London; Universities’ China Committee in London; SOAS Additional Fieldwork Award and the AHRC Skills Fund.

In 2015, I was appointed to the Peer Review College (PRC) of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). In addition, I am also a peer reviewer of the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC), the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Qatar National Research Fund. I have reviewed for Journal of Corporate Law Studies; Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies; and American Journal of Comparative Law; Journal of International Trade Law and Policy and publishers such as Routledge. I was awarded Outstanding Reviewer at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2012.


  • 2020–present
    Professor of Law and Business, University of Derby


  • 2010 
    SOAS, University of London, PhD in Law