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Dr Bin Wu

BSc (Hanzhong Normal University), M.A (Xian Jiaotong University), PhD (Hull University)
Senior Research Fellow

Department: Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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 community development, rural innovation and entrepreneurship. 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 Chinese 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. Bin is a founder and coordinator of a UK-China ECR Consortium of Future Rural Studies (CFRS) to foster communication and cooperation between early career researchers and multiple stakeholders to address challenges and opportunities of rural transition and sustainability in the global south.

Areas of Expertise
Bin's expertise include: rural sustainability, grassroots innovation, social capital for community development, international seafaring labour market, global diasporas and integration, social innovation and entrepreneurship, challenge-oriented research and stakeholder engagement.


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

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Bin has extensive experience in designing and delivering interdisciplinary and stakeholders' engaged projects. His doctoral research (1995-1999) focused on how social capital facilitated grassroots innovation and rural sustainability in marginal areas of China. It was followed by many projects: 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 (2016-2020), supporting cooperatives to empower small farmers in China (Nottingham GCRF, 2019-2020), systematic innovation for food innovation and rural sustainability in China (Newton ECR Links Grant, 2021)

His research has covered the fields of globalisation, mobility and integration of Chinese workers and students. As a Research Fellow at Cardiff University, he created a global seafarer database for the international shipping (2000-2003), conducted empirical studies on the mobility of Chinese seafarers in global seafaring labour markets and working conditions of Chinese migrant workers in Veneto of Italy (with Dr. Valter Zanin). 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 Council, Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner 2013-15). He contributed a social impact case to REF 2014 focusing on Chinese migrant integration in EU.

As a Senior Research Fellow in Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nottingham University Business School, Bin plays a leading role in rural innovation and entrepreneurship studies in the context of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Three projects have been successfully completed: Global-local knowledge system for rural innovation and entrepreneurship in the developing world (2019), Cooperative ecosystem to empower small farmers in the poor areas of Sichuan (2020); UK-China ECR Links for agricultural and rural innovation collaboration (2021). He has created and led the Consortium of Future Rural Studies (CFRS), a platform for ECRs to develop challenge-oriented, interdisciplinary and stakeholder engaged research collaboration for better understanding local challenges and good practices in the global south.

Bin is currently collaborating on the following projects:

  • The UK perspectives on priorities, mechanisms and best practices for UK-China Cooperation in agri-tech research, innovation and technology transformation
Administrative Roles
Research Champion

School Committee Memberships
Social and Environmental Responsibility Group 2018


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