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Professor Jun Li is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He holds a PhD from Lancaster University. Prior to joining University of Huddersfield, he worked at University of Essex for many years. He held visiting professor appointments in a number of reputable Chinese universities, including Tsinghua University, Fudan University and Zhejiang University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies and on the editorial board of Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies. He has guest-edited six special issues for five ABS-listed journals and is currently co-guest editing a special issue on ageing and entrepreneurship for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (ABS 3*). He served as a Board Trustee of Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (2017-2020) and a board member of Chinese Economic Association (UK/Europe)(2008-2022). He was the President of Chinese Economic Association (UK/Europe) in 2011-2012.

Professor Li has published two research monographs and co-edited two books, which were published by Routledge, a highly prestigious international publisher. He has published papers in top ABS 3* and 4* journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Regional Studies, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Journal of Business Research, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Business Strategy and the Environment. His research work presented at international conferences received international awards including the EURAM best paper award for entrepreneurship (2021), and ISBE best paper award for self-employment and wellbeing (2018).

Professor Li has extensive experience of teaching across undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD programmes. He has examined PhD theses at top UK and overseas universities.

Professor Li’s research interests include entrepreneurship and wellbeing, entrepreneurship and resilience, ageing and entrepreneurship, eco-innovation, and open innovation. These academic inquiries are conducted within different contexts in both developed and emerging economies and apply different theoretical lenses, including institutional theory, dynamic capability, social network, and psychological theory. 

Professor Li has successfully supervised to completion 9 doctoral theses as a main supervisor and 7 doctoral theses as a co-supervisor. He welcomes PhD applications on topics concerning entrepreneurship and wellbeing, entrepreneurship and resilience, ageing and entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship, and open innovation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • SMEs


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