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Wei Li

Wei Li

BA Renmin Uni; MSc LSE; PhD Macquarie
Postdoctoral Fellow

Rm 428
H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 6399


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 holds the Australian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries research fellowship.

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.

Newsroom articles

  • Don't be misled on Chinese foreign investment: read the facts 10 Apr 2014

    The Conversation

    The Conversation published a piece co-authored by Dr Hans Hendrischke and Dr Wei Li about Chinese investment in Australia.

  • SPC Ardmona and the cheap Chinese food challenge 03 Feb 2014

    The Conversation

    Dr Hans Hendrischke from the Business School and China Studies Centre and Wei Li from the Business School wrote an op-ed published in the Conversation about financial support for SPC Ardmona and the role of Chinese imports in the Australian market.

  • What Goes Around - Temporary Migrants - Scapegoat for Poor Training Record 21 Mar 2013

    The University of Sydney Business School

    Migrant workers continue to be the scapegoat for Australia's economic and labour market woes, argue Dr Dimitria Groutsis and Dr Diane Van Den Broek. Read more

  • Battle to fly high with business passengers 16 Oct 2012

    Sydney Morning Herald

    Associate Professor Tony Webber has written about the ongoing price war between Qantas and Virgin in the domestic Business Class airline sector, for the Sydney Morning Herald. Read more

  • Hospitality sector seeks to cut penalty rates 01 May 2012

    ABC News 24

    ABC News 24's Afternoon Live program and ABC TV news Melbourne have interviewed Professor John Buchanan, University of Sydney Business School Workplace Research Centre, regarding the proposal by retailers and restaurants across Australia to remove penalty rates for workers. Professor Buchanan said in an immediate sense it is right, but community interests need to be weighed up.

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Book Section/s

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

Conference Paper/s

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


Journal Article/s

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 Link

Conference Paper/s

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

Magazine Article/s

Li W 2013 'China’s growing pains: expect more smog on the horizon', The Conversation - March Link


Conference Paper/s

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


Book Section/s

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

Journal Article/s

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

Conference Paper/s

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


Conference Paper/s

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


Journal Article/s

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


Book Section/s

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

Journal Article/s

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

Research Expertise

  • Chinese ODI into Australia
  • Financing Chinese small and medium enterprises
  • Women entrepreneurship
  • China’s environmental laws and governance
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods