Find us on Facebook Find us on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to our YouTube channel

Wei Li

Wei Li

BA Renmin Uni; MSc LSE; PhD Macquarie
Lecturer

Rm 4111
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 6399
li.wei1@sydney.edu.au

Bio

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.

Newsroom articles

  • Chinese investement in Australia up by 60% in 2015 11 Apr 2016

    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.

  • The explosion in Chinese tourism is changing the Australian retail industry 09 Feb 2016

    Business Insider

    Dr Wei Li was quoted in Business Insider about investment flows from China to Australia in relation to the tourism industry.

  • Chinese Companies in Australia 05 Jan 2016

    SBS

    Dr Wei Li was interviewed on SBS Mandarin about Chinese investment in Australia.

See all Newsroom items for Wei Li

Publications

2016

4
Journal Article/s

Li W 2016 Forthcoming '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

2015

2
Book Section/s

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

5
Conference Paper/s

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

10
Report/s

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

Gray SJ, Li W, Seno-Alday S and Welch C 2015 'Australia’s International Business Survey: 2015 Report', Austrade

2014

2
Book Section/s

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 Link

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 Link

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

4
Journal Article/s

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

5
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

10
Report/s

Hendrischke H and Li W 2014 'The 2014 Australia-China Trade Report', Commissioned by the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) Link

2013

4
Journal Article/s

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

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

5
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

2012

5
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

2011

2
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

4
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

5
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

2010

5
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

2007

4
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

2003

2
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

4
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

Recent Units Taught