Yuan Li


► Short CV

Yuan Li has served as the Acting Chair of East Asian Economic Studies, Mercator School of Management and Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST), University of Duisburg-Essen from 2014 to Sep. 2020. His main research focus is institutional economics and institutional change in East Asia, and in recent years he also studied transnational issues of East Asia, especially the interaction between China and Europe. He got his PhD in the Catholic University of Milan, was a Postdoctoral Fellow in University of Duisburg-Essen, and was Assistant Professor in Stockholm School of Economics. He is the President of the Chinese Economic Association, Europe/UK (CEA), the largest academic association on Chinese Economy in Europe. He has helped to set up the International Forum on the “New Silk Road” and Sino-European Cooperation in Duisburg, and successfully held three annual meetings which have attracted high attention from the academic and policy-making community in Europe and China.

He was the winner of the best dissertation award by the International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE), which was founded by Nobel Prize Laureates and the founding fathers of New Institutional Economics, Ronald Coase, Douglas North, and Oliver Williamson. His expertise has been widely recognized by the society, reflected in his invited talk at the special panel “In Honor of Douglass North: Violence and Politics” at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (SIOE) in 2016, his keynote speech at the 2017 Chinese Economic Association (Europe/UK) China Conference, and many other invited talks around the world. He served as the workshop organizer of the 14th session of the European School on New Institutional Economics (ESNIE) in 2015, and co-organizer of the First and Second international conferences on "The Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship".

He has extensive academic cooperation in the world. He was Visiting Research Fellow at University of California, San Diego. He was Visiting Professor at University of Milan-Bicocca. He is an invited expert in the laboratory of "One Belt, One Road" at the Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences. He has served as "Boxiang" scholar of Fudan University. He is also the only German-based scholar awarded the title of "Zijin" scholar by Nanjing University of Science and Technology.

In recent five years, he has published eight papers in leading international peer-reviewed journals and edited one journal special issue. He has also contributed extensively to public debates on issues related to East Asia, reflected his interviews published by major global news media, and his articles for the industry and think tanks.

He will continue his research as Associated Member of the IN-EAST.

► Research Interests
  • Development of emerging markets (especially China and East Asia)
  • Analysis of organizations and institutions
  • Political economy and public economics
  • China’s governance and policy-making
  • The “One Belt, One Road” Initiative

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