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Professor Lina Song

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

Department: Industrial Economics
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466217
Location: C40 (South 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 Shakil Khan -
Irene Santi Beru Bukit
Kilugala Mponeja Malimi
Kun Bao
Shuangqi Wu
Yihua Zhu
Zhiyi Ren
Administrative Roles
CRG - Chair, China Research Group

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


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