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I am currently a Research Associate in Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, after my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Philip Shapira and Dr. Mercedes Bleda. I am specialized on innovation, management and policy, with a solid engineering background. With 4 years’ project experience in both UK and China, I have obtained abundant knowledge on innovation strategy, policy and system development. I am intelligent, responsible and energetic, as well as innovative and adventurous. I am a multi-tasker and dedicated to perform excellence. Quoting a friend, I am the one who has “power and softness in the same soul.”


I got the Bachelor degree of Mechanical Engineering and Master degree of Management Science and Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and was proactive in social activities and volunteering programs. With my interdisciplinary background and rich internship experience in consulting and venture capital industries back in China, I have been researching the innovative trajectories of SMEs in Chinese manufacturing sectors along with the take-off of China’s economy.

My research focuses on innovation strategies of SMEs in China's manufacturing sectors during the transition of China's economy from the manufacturing-based quantitative growth to the innovation-led qualitative development. In particular, four different manufacturing industries, including medical device, intelligent hardware, machinery and electrical equipment and the auto-parts, are selected based on two dimensions, market dynamics and technological level respectively. Distinct trajectories of the innovation development in SMEs in these sub-sectors will be demonstrated.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, MSc. in Management Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

1 Sept 20111 Mar 2013

Award Date: 1 Mar 2013

Bachelor of Engineering, B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

1 Sept 200530 Jun 2009

Award Date: 30 Jun 2009

External positions

Research Assistant, Alliance Manchester Business School

Dec 2017Mar 2018

Research Assistant, Manchester-Beijing-Atlanta Innovation Co-Lab

Sept 2014Mar 2018

Areas of expertise

  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Industrial Research
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain
  • Patent Analysis
  • R&D
  • TS Manufactures
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • SMEs

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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