Dr Jun Du

Economics & Strategy Group

Jun Du

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). 

Position: Reader
Email: j.du@aston.ac.uk
+44(0)121 204 3340

  • Ph D, University of Leicester, 2007. Subject: Economics
  • MSc, Cardiff University (Business School), 2002. Subject: International Banking, Finance and Economics
  • BA, Inner Mongolian University, 1999. Subject: Economics and Management


  • Reader of Economics, Aston Business School. (September 2013 - Present)
  • Senior Lecturer of Economics, Aston Business School. (2010 - August 2013)
  • Lecturer of Economics, Aston Business School. (April 2007 - 2010)
  • Research Associate, Aston Business School. (April 2005 - March 2007)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Leicester. (September 2002 - August 2005)


  • Assistant Account/Junior Manager, Financial and Planning Department at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China. (September 1999 - September 2001) 
  • BSM923: Applied Econometrics (MSc.)

  • BS2220: Introduction to Econometrics 

  • BS3340: Economics of Business Organization

  • Institutions, Resource allocation, Inclusive growth

  • Ownership change and privatisation in China

  • Firm-Level productivity analysis and Industrial Dynamics

  • Firm leaning, innovation and growth

  • Enterprise Research Centre, funded by ESRC, BIS, etc. (led by Roper, Hart, co-investigator on work package VI , Firm Dynamics, Job Creation and Productivity Growth), 2012-2015
  • ESRC Follow on Grant - Maximising the benefits of inward investment - how best to target limited funds, led by Driffield, with Bhaumik, Love, Lancheros, 2012
  • ESRC Emerging Economies Review - Potential of the emerging economies as markets for UK exports and/or partners in investment (with Bhdhwar, Bhaumik, Driffield, Michiewicz, Campos, Piesse), 2011
  • NESTA High Growth Firms and Impact (co-investigator, with Hart, Bhaumik, Temouri, Gong), 2011
  • Aston Business School Visiting Scholar Scheme (for Prof Xiaoxuan Liu, from Chinese Social Science Academy, £3,300), 2011
  • UK R&D Program Evaluation from UKTI (co-investigator, with M Hart, N Driffield and J Love, total £91,270), 2009
  • ESRC First Grant, Awarded title: ‘Privatisation, foreign investment and firm performance in China’ (£109,684.53), 2008-2011
  • Manchester Independent Economic Review from Manchester City Council, (named researcher, project value £135,000) 2008
  • Aston Pump prime funding (joint with N Driffield, £2000), 2008
  • CEPR joint University of Milan Summer School Funding (€750), 2005
  • Conference Grants, Public Economic Theory Conference, World  
  • Meng Song, Thesis title: Technology spillover, firm patenting behaviour in China
  • Sharin McDowall, Thesis title: Social capital, ethnicity and economic growth
  • Nguyen, Bach, Topic: Internationalisation of Vietnam in the globalised world
  • Haijian Liang,Topic: Essays on the networks among firms in China.
  • Research Scholar, Advanced Institute of Management. (May 2009 - Present)
  • Member, Academy of International Business.
  • Member, American Economists Association.
  • Member, Chinese Economists' Association.
  • Member, Chinese Economists' Society.
  • Member, Industrial Organisation Society.
  • Member, Regional Studies association.
  • Member, Western Economist Society. 
  • Editor, Regional Studies. (2013 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ESRC Peer Review College. (2010 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, China Economic Review.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, DRUID Annual Conferences.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Empirical Economics.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of the Economics of Business.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Review of Applied Economics.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Small Business Journal.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Management Studies.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Small Business Management.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Managerial Finance.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Technovation.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, UNU-WIDER Research Paper Series.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, World Economy. 

Refereed Journal Articles

Presentations Given

  • Demetriades, Du, J., Girma, S., Xu, C., 21st Australasian Finance and Banking Conference 2008, "Does the Chinese banking system promote the growth of firms? 21st Australasian Finance and Banking Conference Paper." (2011)
  • Du, J., Girma, S., Conference on Southern Engines of Global Growth: China, India, Brazil, and South Africa (CIBS): Financial Flows and Capital Markets, "Financing source and firm growth in a hybrid financial system: Evidence from China United Nations World Institutes for Development Research," Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (2011)
  • Temouri, Y., Du, J., UoM-WCP International Conference on International Trade and Investment, "High growth firms: what makes you tick? A cross-country panel of investigations," Le Meridien Hotel, Mauritius. (December 19, 2011 - December 21, 2011)
  • Du, J., Chinese Academy of Social Science workshop, "Invest in China – is what you see what you get?." (October 2011)
  • Du, J., Girma, S., University of Oxford & China Center for Economic Research (CCER) 2008 conference "The Microeconomic Drivers of Growth in China" at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, "Source of finance, growth and firm size - evidence from China," Oxford. (September 29, 2011 - September 30, 2011)
  • Du, J., CES(US) Conference, "Invest in China – is what you see what you get?." (June 2011)
  • Du, J., International Industrial Organization Annual Conference, "Partial privatisation – the labour consequence," Boston, USA. (June 2011)
  • Du, J., RATIO Workshop, "HGFs and internationalisation – a cross country study," Stockholm. (May 2011)
  • Du, J., International Business (IB) Conference, "Invest in China – is what you see what you get?," Reading, UK. (April 2011)

  Other publications

  • GBSLEP report Monitoring and evaluation strategy for the Strategic Economic Plan, with Nigel Driffield, Josie Kelly, Nick Theodorakopoulos (2013)
  • Anyadike-Danes, Michael; Hart, Mark and Du, Jun (2013). Firm dynamics and job creation in the UK. ERC White Paper. Enterprise Research Centre.
  • Technology spillovers from FDI — Direct Evidence from China, with Meng Song and Nigel Driffield (2013) in edited book INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, INSTITUTIONS AND PERFORMANCE AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS (Palgrave Macmillan), forthcoming
  • Growing inward and indigenous investment, Driffield, Nigel L.; Love, Jim; Añón Higón, Dolores; Du, Jun; Henry, Michael and Temouri, Yama (2009). Growing inward and indigenous investment. Project Report. Manchester Independent Economic Review, Manchester.
  • A comparative evaluation of the impact of UK Trade & Investment's R&D programme and other UKTI support that impacts R&D, Driffield, Nigel; Du, Jun; Hart, Mark; Love, Jim and Tapinos, Efstathios (2010).
  • Productivity and High Growth Phenomenon – evidence from the UK (2013), with Yundan Gong and Yama Temouri, NESTA working paper.

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Research Group Convenor, School. (October 2011 - Present)
  • Aston University Research Committee Member, University. (September 2011 - Present)
  • Course Director of MSc International Business Economics, School. (September 2008 - August 2009)
  • ABS ICT champions' team member, School.
  • Internal Review Committee Member, School.
  • RSO User Group Member, University. 

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