Founding Director, Technology and Management for Development Centre

Xiaolan Fu is the Founding Director of the Technology and Management for Development Centre (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College. Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US. She has published over 80 books and papers. Her recent books include China’s Path to Innovation, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, The Rise of Technological Power in the South, and Exports, Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development in China. She is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Oxford Development Studies, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Technology Management, and four other international journals. She has published papers in leading international journals including Journal of Management Studies, World Development, Research Policy, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Small Business Economics, International Business Review, World Economy, and Applied Economics. She received the European Commission Gate2Growth 2005 ‘European Best Paper’ Award.

Prof Fu has received research grants from prestigious funding bodies including the European Commission, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy, and the Cairncross Foundation. She has been consultant for UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNIDO, the World Bank, OECD, European Commission, ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UKTI and the Chinese government. Prof Fu serves on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and the DFID/ESRC Economic Growth Directorate (DEGP), and is President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK) in 2010-11. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. As a leading China expert, she has participated in various interviews and panel discussions at main stream media including BBC, Sky News, Arise News, People’s Daily, and China Daily.

Prof Fu came to Oxford from Cambridge University, where she was a Senior Research Fellow. Before coming to the UK, she was an Associate Professor in China. She also had five years’ work experience in the business sector in China before embarking on her academic career.