Professor Xiaolan Fu

06 October 2020

Xiaolan Fu (傅晓岚) is the Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.

Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; digital inclusive business model; emerging Asian economies; innovation in the low-income countries. She is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Counties and to the Ten-Member High Level Advisory Group of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism.

She has published extensively in leading international journals. Her recent books include Innovation Under the Radar (forthcoming), China’s Path to Innovation, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, and The Rise of Technological Power in the South. She is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Technology Management, and four other international journals.

Prof Fu has received the EFMD Gate2Growth 2005 ‘European Best Paper’ Award, 2012 Emerald Outstanding paper Award, 2017 EURAM Annual Conference Best Paper Award, 2017 JCEBS Best Paper Award, 2018 International Business Review Best Journal Paper Award. She received large research grants from prestigious funding bodies including the European Commission, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy, and the Cairncross Foundation.

She has advised 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.

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

As a leading China expert, she has participated in various interviews and panel discussions in the mainstream media, including BBC Newsnight, BBC News, BBC World News, BBC Radio 2, CCTV, CGTN, Sky News, TRTWorld, Arise News, People’s Daily, China Daily and China Radio International.

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