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Dr Bin Wu

Bsc (Hanzhong Normal University), MA (Xian Jiaotong University), PhD (Hull University)
Senior Research Fellow

Department: Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Centre/Institute: China Research Group
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8232118
Location: B30a (South Building, Jubilee Campus)

Dr. Bin Wu is Senior Research Fellow in Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Nottingham University Business School. He holds a BSc degree in Physics, a MA in Philosophy of Science and Technology, and a PhD in Human Geography. His research interests include: rural revitalisation and sustainability, farmer innovation system and government intervention, social capital for bottom-up development. He has hosted and delivered a number of external projects commissioned by EU, ILO, Italian and UK Government, Research Councils. His publications appear in Agriculture and Human Values, Land Use Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Rural Studies, etc. He has published many edited volumes (Routledge) in Contemporary Chinese Studies and Chine se Higher Education Reform, and serviced as guest editor for special issues of Journal of Contemporary China, Business and Society, Journal of Integrative Agriculture, Journal of Chinese Overseas. With a context of sustainable development goals (SDGs), Bin is initiating and coordinating a UoN-China research partnership in rural innovation and sustainability, involving: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, YouCheng China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, and Sichuan Agricultural University.

Areas of Expertise
Bin's expertise include: rural sustainability, grassroots innovation, social capital for community development, global mobility of Chinese workers and students, global citizenship and entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary research design and stakeholder engagement.

External Roles
Coordinator of university-China research collaboration in rural innovation and sustainability

School Committee Memberships
Social and Environmental Responsibility Group 2018
Bin has extensive experience in designing/delivering interdisciplinary and stakeholders' engaged projects. His doctoral research twenty years ago focused on how social capital facilitated grassroots innovation and sustainable rural development in marginal areas of China. Along this line, he has delivered a number of projects, include: rural sustainability and migration in ecological fragile areas (British Academy, 2008-2009), farmer innovation system in Loess Plateau (NERC/ESRC/DFID, 2009-2010), social capital for rural revitalisation. Currently, he undertakes a Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) pilot project on supporting cooperatives to empower small farmers in China (2019-2020).

His research has covered the fields of globalisation, mobility and integration of Chinese workers and students. As a Research Fellow at Cardiff University, he has created the first global seafarer database for the international shipping (2000-2003), conducted empirical studies on the mobility of Chinese seafarers in global labour markets and working conditions of Chinese migrant workers in Veneto of Italy (funded by Italian government, 2006-2008, with Dr. Valter Zaning). Since he joined University of Nottingham in 2007, he delivered many commissioned projects, including: Impacts of the economic recession on Chinese migrants in the UK (ILO/IOM, 2009-2010), New trends of Chinese immigration to Europe (ECRAN, 2011-2013, with Dr. Kevin Latham), Nottingham Chinese community transition and student integration (Nottingham City Coun cil, Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner 2013-15). He contributed a social impact case to REF 2014 with title: Engagement with Chinese migrant integration in the UK and beyond.

As a Senior Research Fellow in Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nottingham University Business School, Bin plays a leading role to promote grassroots innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development goals (SDGs). He has successfully organised two international events: International Workshop on Global-local knowledge system for Rural Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2-3 May, 2019, Nottingham) and International Symposium on Poverty Reduction and Rural Revitalisation (12 November, 2019, Chengdu with CAAS). With a broad theme of rural innovation and sustainability, he is initiating and coordinating an international collaborative programme with Chinese partners: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, YouCheng China Social Entrepreneur Foundation and Sichuan Agricultural University.

Bin is currently leading on the following projects:

  • Systematic innovation for food security in China

The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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