Jun Du is currently a Reader of Economics at Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School, UK. She is an applied economist with her main research interest in understanding the driving forces and impediments of economic growth and development. Her research endeavour covers multi-level dimensions of individuals, firms, industries, regions, governments and their interplays, based on the observations drawn from different contexts of emerging countries as well as mature economies. Jun received PhD degree in Economics from the Economics Department in University of Leicester. She held a visiting research fellowship in Stockholm School of Economics and is linked with Chinese Social Science Academy. She is also a research fellow in Advanced Institute of Management, and member of several professional bodies. Jun previously published in International Journal of Industrial Organization, Kyklos, Research Policy, Empirical Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and China Economic Review. Her research has received external funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), NESTA foundation, and various UK government agencies including UKTI, DTI and BIS, as well as local governments (Manchester and Birmingham).