Dr Jun Du

Economics & Strategy Group

Jun Du

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

  • Institution, Resource allocation, Inclusive growth

  • Ownership change and privatisation

  • Firm-Level Industrial Dynamics

  • Knowledge sourcing and innovation

  • 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


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


  •  Consulting

    Research, Manchester Enterprise Limited, UK. (2008)


Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research