Professor Jun Du

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department

Jun Du Aston Business School

Jun Du is currently a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School, UK. She is an applied economist with her main research interest in understanding the driving forces and impediments of economic growth and development. Her research endeavour covers multi-level dimensions of individuals, firms, industries, regions, governments and their interplays, based on the observations drawn from different contexts of emerging countries as well as mature economies. Jun received PhD degree in Economics from the Economics Department in University of Leicester. She held a visiting research fellowship in Stockholm School of Economics and is linked with Chinese Social Science Academy. She is also a research fellow in Advanced Institute of Management, and member of several professional bodies. Jun previously published in International Journal of Industrial Organization, Kyklos, Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, Empirical Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, International Journal of Business Studies, etc. Her research has received external funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), NESTA foundation, Leverhulme and various UK government agencies including UKTI, DTI and BIS, as well as local governments (Manchester and Birmingham).

Position: Professor in Economics
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  • Ph D, University of Leicester, 2007. Subject: Economics
  • MSc, Cardiff University (Business School), 2002. Subject: International Banking, Finance and Economics
  • BA, Inner Mongolian University, 1999. Subject: Economics and Management


  • Professor of Economics, Aston Business School. (August 2016 - Present) 
  • Reader of Economics, Aston Business School. (September 2013 – July 2016) 
  • Senior Lecturer of Economics, Aston Business School. (2010 - August 2013)
  • Lecturer of Economics, Aston Business School. (April 2007 - 2010)
  • Research Associate, Aston Business School. (April 2005 - March 2007)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Leicester. (September 2002 - August 2005)


  • Assistant Account/Junior Manager, Financial and Planning Department at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China. (September 1999 - September 2001) 
  • BES205: Research methods – Applied Econometrics (PhD)
  • BSM923: Applied Econometrics (MSc.)
  • BS2220: Introduction to Econometrics 
  • BS3340: Economics of Business Organization


  • Economics of industrial organization
  • Economics of entrepreneurship
  • International Economics and International business
  • Institutions
  • Innovation


  • The Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, "Weak institutions and resource misallocation: novel approaches and new insights from local economic level", £49,947, The Leverhulme Trust, January 2017-June 2018.
  • Enterprise Research Centre Phase II, funded by ESRC, BIS, etc. (led by Roper, Hart, co-investigator on work package III, Fast-growth firms and the wider economic impact, 2016-2017). 
  • Enterprise Research Centre Phase I, funded by ESRC, BIS, etc. (led by Roper, Hart, co-investigator on work package VI, Firm Dynamics, Job Creation and Productivity Growth), 2012-2015 
  • ESRC Follow on Grant - Maximising the benefits of inward investment - how best to target limited funds, led by Driffield, with Bhaumik, Love, Lancheros, 2012 
  • ESRC Emerging Economies Review - Potential of the emerging economies as markets for UK exports and/or partners in investment (with Bhdhwar, Bhaumik, Driffield, Michiewicz, Campos, Piesse), 2011 
  • NESTA High Growth Firms and Impact (co-investigator, with Hart, Bhaumik, Temouri, Gong), 2011 
  • Aston Business School Visiting Scholar Scheme (for Prof Xiaoxuan Liu, from Chinese Social Science Academy, £3,300), 2011 
  • UK R&D Program Evaluation from UKTI (co-investigator, with M Hart, N Driffield and J Love, total £91,270), 2009 
  • ESRC First Grant, Awarded title: ‘Privatisation, foreign investment and firm performance in China’ (£109,684.53), 2008-2011 
  • Manchester Independent Economic Review from Manchester City Council, (named researcher, project value £135,000) 2008 
  • Aston Pump prime funding (joint with N Driffield, £2000), 2008 
  • CEPR joint University of Milan Summer School Funding (€750), 2005 
  • Conference Grants, Public Economic Theory Conference, World Bank travel grants, RES conference grants, etc.
  • Haijian Liang, Topic: Essays on the networks among firms in China. Final year
  • Meng Song, Thesis title: Technology spillover, firm patenting behaviour in China, completed
  • Sharin McDowall, Thesis title: Social capital, ethnicity and economic growth, completed
  • Nguyen, Bach, Topic: Internationalisation of Vietnam in the globalised world, completed
  • Diya Lulla, Topic: Extreme Value theory applications, Second year
  • Adan Guyo Shibia, Topic: Effects of Networking and Credit Constraints on Micro and Small Enterprises Innovation in Kenya, forthcoming
  • Research Scholar, Advanced Institute of Management. (May 2009 - Present)
  • Member, Academy of International Business.
  • Member, American Economists Association.
  • Member, Chinese Economists' Association.
  • Member, Chinese Economists' Society.
  • Member, Industrial Organisation Society.
  • Member, Regional Studies association.
  • Member, Western Economist Society. 
  • Editor, Regional Studies. (2013 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ESRC Peer Review College. (2010 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, China Economic Review.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, DRUID Annual Conferences.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Empirical Economics.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of the Economics of Business.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Review of Applied Economics.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Small Business Journal.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Management Studies.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Small Business Management.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Managerial Finance.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Technovation.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, UNU-WIDER Research Paper Series.
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, World Economy. 

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Turok, Ivan, et. al.: Global reversal, regional revival? Regional Studies, 51, 1-8. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1255720
  • Bernini, M., Du, J. and Love, J. H. (2016) "Explaining intermittent exporting: exit and conditional re-entry in export markets ", Journal of International Business Studies, 47, 9, 1058-1076
  • Du J and Tomasz Mickiewicz (2015) Subsidies, Rent Seeking and Performance: Being Private, Young, and Small in China, 2015, with, Journal of Business Venturing, Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2016, Pages 22–38


Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Research Group Convenor, School. (October 2011 - September 2014)
  • Aston University Research Committee Member, University. (September 2011 - 2013)
  • Course Director of MSc International Business Economics, School. (September 2008 - August 2009)
  • ABS ICT champions' team member, School.
  • Internal Review Committee Member, School.
  • RSO User Group Member, University.