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University of Essex

Academic Staff

Dr Jun Li (Southend Campus)

Staff positionSenior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Telephone01702 328391
RoomGB 3.14
Academic support hoursTuesdays: 14:00 - 16:00 Wednesday: 13:00 - 14:00

BA (1982) and MA (1988)(Renmin University, China), PhD (2000)(Lancaster)

Current research

Current Externally-funded Research Projects

  • Multilevel governance and partnership for effective regional innovation
  • Mass entrepreneurship in China: practices and policies
  • Government-backed venture capital schemes in China
Research interests
I am interested in supervising students looking to undertake PhDs in the following areas:
  • Ageing society and third age entrepreneurship
  • start-up, scale-up and high growth entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship, wellbeing, inequality and productivity
  • Public entrepreneurship and local development
  • Graduate entrepreneurship
  • Chinese entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging economies
Teaching responsibilities
  • Innovation management
  • Managing organisational change and innovation 
PublicationsLink to publications for Jun Li

2011: Co-Convenor of 22nd CEA(UK) and 3rd CEA(Europe) Annual Conference, 14-15 July 2011, University College Dublin, Ireland.

2010: Co- Convenor of International Conference of Graduate Entrepreneurship at Shantou University, China, 6-7 September 2010.

Additional information

In the Media

Professional Activities

  • President of Chinese Economics Association (UK/Europe)(2011 -2012)
  • Editor of Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (Emerald)(2014-date)
  • Co-Editor of Journal of Chinese Entrepreneurship (Emerald)(2009-2013)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy (Emerald)(2010 to date)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies (Routledge)(2014 to date)
  • Member of Editorial Review Board, International Journal of Emerging Markets (Emerald)(2012 to date)

Research Impact and Award

  • Best conference paper award at the 2nd International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Wuhan University, Wuhan, 9-14 May 2014.
  • Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009 for paper published in Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award for work on Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 2006 by Emerald Group Publishing

Research Degree Supervision

Supervision to Completion
Luis Figueroa (PhD, 2015), Yan Xu (MPil, 2012), Mohd Hizam-Hanafiah (PhD, 2012), Madiha Gohar (PhD, 2012), Christabel Brownson (PhD, 2011).

Current PhD students
Jingjing Qu, Tianchen Li

External PhD Examination

Birmingham City University, University of Adelaide, University of Kent, University of Lincoln, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

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