Personal profile


Mingwei is undertaking a PhD programme in Science, Technology & Innovation Policy, fully funded by the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Research title

Platform leaders, platform-based innovations and whole-system reconfigurations in socio-technical transitions: evidence from the rapid urban platformisation in China

Research interests

Mingwei is interested to understand the phenomenon of digital platforms and urban platformisation in the context of sustainability transitions. In his MSc dissertation, Mingwei explored how various digital platform owners built large bike-sharing systems rapidly in Chinese cities. In his PhD research, Mingwei intends to explain how this kind of platformisation takes place and unfolds over time from a socio-technical system perspective.

Prior to commencing his PhD studies, Mingwei completed an MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship and a BSc (Hons) in Fashion Marketing, both at the University of Manchester.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, Alliance Manchester Business School

16 Sept 201920 Sept 2020

Award Date: 4 Dec 2020

Bachelor of Science, Fashion Marketing, Faculty of Science and Engineering

18 Sept 201730 Jun 2019

Award Date: 30 Jun 2019

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Consumption Institute
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Digital Platforms