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Professor Lina Song

DPhil (University of Oxford)
Professor of Economics Sociology and Chinese Studies

Department: Industrial Economics
Centres/Institutes: CRG, CRIBS
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466217
Location: C17 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

I started my research career in the early 1980s. As part of a unique organisation called the "Research Group for Studying China's Rural Development", I investigated peasant livelihoods. Our research topics were linked to the country's rural economic reform program. I then worked at the Research Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. In October 1988, I was selected to join a Ford Foundation postgraduate programme in Oxford designated for training outstanding young economists, and subsequently obtained my DPhil in Oxford. Between 1989 and 1999, I worked at the Institute of Economics and Statistics (now renamed as the Department of Economics), Oxford University. I have worked at the University of Nottingham since November 1999.

I am a professor of development economics with a particular focus on labour issues. I have conducted economic and social research on developing countries with reference to China and Sub-Sahara Africa. My previously funded projects include "New Urban Poverty in China" (DfID); "Poverty, Migration and Public Health" (the Ford Foundation); "Explaining China's Economic Growth with Enterprise Data" (ESRC); and "Economic Inequality and Socio-political Instability in China" (CCK). I am currently the Principal Investigator for the ESRC / DfID funded project with a total grant of £570,000 (contributed by ESRC). And the project is entitled "Local Government, Economic Growth and Human Development: Chinese Lessons for Kenya and Uganda?"

I am the Winner of Richard A. Lester Prize for "the Outstanding Book in Labour Economics and Industrial Relations published in 2005" and have published broadly. I have regularly served as consultant to the international organizations and have advised both Chinese government and British government. I have served on the Editorial Board for China Economic Review since 1st July 2001 (second term) and was a council member for the British Association of China Studies between 2000 and 2004.


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

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Areas of expertise include the design and conduct of fieldwork, and the use of advanced statistical method (mainly econometrics) to analyse data. My approach to research and teaching is multi-disciplinary, combining economics and sociology with strong application to issues of social and public policy. I am committed to original data collection, and have led or participated in over 10 field-surveys in China and one in Sierra Leone. These all involve questionnaire design, scientific sampling and quantitative analysis.

Lina is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Ali Saleem
Ali Shakil Khan -
Irene Santi Beru Bukit
Kilugala Mponeja Malimi
Kun Bao
Norah Dhaafi
Shuangqi Wu
Yihua Zhu
Zhiyi Ren
University Administrative Roles
Management Board Member for Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, University of Nottingham Director, China Research Group (NUBS) The University of Nottingham 2016-ongoing Academic Lead, Guangdong-Nottingham Advanced Financial Institute (2016-2019) Member of University Senate 2010-14

School Administrative Roles
CRG - Chair, China Research Group

School and University Committee Memberships
Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (Formerly RD) 2016


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