BA Renmin Uni; MSc LSE; PhD Macquarie
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Wei Li has worked as a researcher on water conservation and renewable energy for the World Bank, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and Renmin University of China.
She joined the University of Sydney China Studies Centre and Business School in 2011 and held the Australian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries research fellowship before being appointed to a lectureship in International Business.
She is a core member of the KPMG/Business School research team and leads the Chinese outbound investors' survey project. She co-developed the KPMG/University of Sydney database on Chinese outbound direct investment in Australia.
Her research interests are the globalisation of Chinese enterprises and sustainable development. She is particularly interested in the transformation of state owned and private enterprises and the role of the state as promoter of international business activity. She is currently involved in research projects on enterprise finance, woman entrepreneurship and the internationalisation of the renewable energy sector.
She has published articles on green innovation and solar energy, environmental impact assessment, governance of water resources, small and medium enterprise finance, and Chinese investment in Australia.
Professor Hans Hendrischke and Dr Wei Li authored an opinion piece published in The Conversation about The Australian government’s decision to block the lease of the NSW power grid to China.
ABC, Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiser, Courier Mail, AAP Newswire, SBS
The annual University of Sydney Business School and KPMG report, co-authored by Professor Hans Hendrischke and Dr Wei Li, has found direct Chinese investment in Australia rose by 60 per cent in 2015, reported ABC (News 24, Radio National), Herald Sun, Adelaide Advertiser, Courier Mail, AAP Newswire, SBS and regional papers.
Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia 10 Apr 2016
The Australian, Australian Financial Review, ABC Online
The Australian, Australian Financial Review and ABC Online reported the Business School and KPMG have launched an annual report showing Chinese direct business investment in Australia is rising, co-authored by Professor Hans Hendrischke, Dr Wei Li and Adjunct Professor Doug Fergusson.
Wei Li on ABC South East SA 10 Feb 2016
ABC South East SA
Wei Li was interviewed on ABC South East SA about businesses that sell ‘fresh air’ to residents in highly polluted cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.
Dr Wei Li was quoted in Business Insider about investment flows from China to Australia in relation to the tourism industry.
Li W 2016 'Book Review: The Politics of Marketising Asia. Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy. Edited by Toby Carroll and Darryl S.L. Jarvis. Basingstoke, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, ISBN 978-1-137-00166-5', Pacific Affairs, vol.89:1, pp. 117-19
Li W, Chen J and Hendrischke H 2016 Forthcoming 'An institutional perspective on individual's work well-being: Evidence from China', Social Indicators Research
Ferguson D, Hendrischke H, Dent HZ and Li W 2015 'Overview of Chinese Investment in Australia' in Chinese Investment in Australia, pp. 7-35
Ferguson D, Hendrischke H, Dent HZ and Li W 2015 'Demystifying Chinese SOE Investment in Australia' in Chinese Investment in Australia, pp. 37-45
Ferguson D, Hendrischke H, Dent HZ and Li W 2015 'Australia-China Investment Outlook' in Chinese Investment in Australia, pp. 75-81
Ferguson D, Hendrischke H, Dent HZ and Li W 2015 'Chinese Investment in Australia: the Australian and Chinese Perspectives' in Chinese Investment in Australia, pp. 65-73
Hendrischke H and Li W 2015 'China Eastern Airlines Co Ltd: Links of Love between Australia and China' in Chinese Investment in Australia, pp. 163-69
Li W and Liu Z 2015 'Kimberley Agricultural Investment Pty Ltd: A Chinese Investor Blended into a Remote Community' in Chinese Investment in Australia, China Renmin University Press, China, pp. 205-13
Hendrischke H and Li W 2015 'Institutional integration of Chinese direct investment in Australia', 2nd World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research WINIR Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13th September 2015
Hendrischke H and Li W 2015 'Institutional motives and effects of stock market listing by Chinese SMEs', X Research Workshop on Institutions and Organizations, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 9th September 2015
Hendrischke H, Li W, Ferguson D, Dent HZ, Lu T, Silva K, Davies L, Ong D and Whitby M 2015 'Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia (May 2015 Update)', KPMG
Hendrischke H and Li W 2014 'Chinese Institutional Entrepreneurs' in Entrepreneurial Women in Asia: Case Studies & Perspectives, ed. Richard Seymour, Myanmar Heritage Publications, Yangon, Myanmar (ex-Burma), pp. 198-202
Hendrischke H and Li W 2014 'The Serial Entrepreneur - China' in Entrepreneurial Women in Asia: Case Studies & Perspectives, ed. Richard Seymour, Myanmar Heritage Publications, Yangon, Myanmar (ex-Burma), pp. 94-100
Hendrischke H and Li W 2014 'The Teahouse - China' in Entrepreneurial Women in Asia: Case Studies & Perspectives, ed. Richard Seymour, Myanmar Heritage Publications, Yangon, Myanmar (ex-Burma), pp. 60-66
Li W and Hendrischke H 2014 'Inclusive Growth and SME Finance in China' in Inclusive Growth and Development in the 21st Century: A Structural and Institutional Analysis of China and India - Series on Economic Development and Growth: Volume 9, ed. Dilip Dutta, World Scientific Publishing Co, Singapore, pp. 107-32
Li W 2014 'China's Urban Environmental Governance in Transition: A Tale of Two Cities' in Urban China in the New Era: Market Reforms, Current State, and the Road Forward, ed. Zhiming Cheng, Mark Wang & Junhua Chen, Springer, New York, United States, pp. 103-24
Hendrischke H and Li W 2014 'Chinese Direct Investment in Australia' in Research on the Impact of Global Economic Integration and Information Networking on Sustainable Corporate Development, ed. Shuming Zhao, Nicholas Stephen, Hong Liu & Chunlin Liu, Nanjing University Press, Nanjing, China, pp. 268-78
Ren M and Li W 2014 'Agent of the State or Market? A Mutual Institutional Constraint Framework for Chinese Central SOE's OFDI', Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, vol.10:3, pp. 33-44
Li W and Ren M 2014 'Agent of the State or Market? A Mutual Institutional Constraint Framework for Chinese Central SOE's Internationalisation', Academy of International Business 2014 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 26th June 2014
Li W, Rubin TH and Onyina PA 2013 'Comparing Solar Water Heater Popularization Policies in China, Israel and Australia: The Roles of Governments in Adopting Green Innovations', Sustainable Development, vol.21:3, pp. 160-70
Hendrischke H and Li W 2013 'Chinese Outbound Direct Investment In Australia – Characteristics And Integration', 7th China Goes Global Conference, Bremen, Germany, 27th September 2013
Li W 2012 'Beyond Bank and Non-bank: An Alternative View of China’s Small and Medium Enterprises Finance Structure', The University of Sydney China Studies Centre Annual Conference, The University of Sydney, Australia, 5th December 2012
Hendrischke H and Li W 2012 'Chinese Outward Direct Investment (ODI) in Australia', The University of Sydney China Studies Centre Annual Conference, The University of Sydney, Australia, 5th December 2012
Li W and He X 2012 'The Application of China’s Environmental Impact Assessment in the Context of Climate Change: New Challenges and Development', Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, United States, 8th June 2012
Blazey P and Li W 2011 'China’s water laws' in Commercial Law of the People’s Republic of China, ed. Patricia Blazey and Kay-Wan Chan, Thomson Reuters
Li W, Song G and Yang J 2011 'A study on China’s water abstraction permit and abstraction policies (in Chinese)', Water Resources Protection, vol.2011:4, pp. 83-89
Li W, Song G, Beresford M and Ma B 2011 'China’s transition to green energy systems: the economics of home solar water heaters and their popularization in Dezhou city', Energy Policy, vol.39:10, pp. 5909-19
Li W, Beresford M and Song G 2011 'Market failure or governmental failure? A study of China’s water abstraction policies', China Quarterly, vol.208, pp. 951-69
Li W, Beresford M and Song G 2011 'Evaluating China’s residential water tariffs through constructing an urban water sustainability index: a latent variable model approach', 2011 Melbourne Conference on China, Melbourne, Australia, 7th August 2011
Li W 2011 'China’s transition to green energy systems: the economics of home solar water heaters and their popularization in Dezhou city', 17th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, New York, United States, 10th May 2011
Song G, Ma B and Li W 2010 'A study on the evaluation methodology for solar water heaters and the popularization policy', Power and Energy Engineering Conference PEEC 2010, Wuhan, China, 12th September 2010
Li W 2010 'The political economy of China’s water allocation system', 16th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Hong Kong, (China), 1st June 2010
Wen Z, Zhang K, Du B, Li Y and Li W 2007 'Case study on the use of genuine progress indicator to measure urban economic welfare in China', Ecological Economics, vol.63:2-3, pp. 463-75
Wen Z and Li W 2003 '' in Eco-city Monitoring and Urban Sustainable Development Indicators, ed. Kunmin Zhang, Guojun Song & Zongguo Wen, China Environmental Science Press, Beijing, China
Song G, Li W and Zhang J 2003 'Socio-economic development and the demand-supply analysis of water pollution control in Lake Tai (in Chinese)', Journal of Lake Science, vol.10:Supp, pp. 507-18
- Chinese ODI into Australia
- Financing Chinese small and medium enterprises
- Women entrepreneurship
- China’s environmental laws and governance
- Qualitative and quantitative research methods
Recent Units Taught
BUSS6101 Elective Option
2016: Int Oct,
CEMS6006 Chinese Institutions and Business
2016: Int Oct,
CEMS6007 Chinese for Business
2014: S1, S2,
IBUS6020 Enterprise Management in China
2014: S1, S2,
SMBA6101 International Business Project