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Phone Number: +44 (0) 121 204 3607
Email: z.cao1@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW906 (South Wing)

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Chris is Lecturer in Economics at Aston Business School. He joined the school in September 2018. Prior to that, he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Surrey and as a research assistant at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

Chris' primary research interest is in the economics of tourism, with a focus on tourism demand analysis. His research explores human mobility from various angles, including the economic, geographical, socio-political and psychological factors behind cross-border tourist flows. His research addresses the context and implications of globalisation for tourism development.

Chris has published articles in top-tier journals, including Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. He also serves as a reviewer for more than 15 leading journals in tourism, economics and management. 

Apart from academic research, Chris has also undertaken a number of externally funded projects, contributing to policy making, for example, "Analysis and forecast of socio-economic impact of Clean Sky", "Economic impact of Watts Gallery", "Economic impact and travel patterns of accessible tourism in Europe" and "The economic effects of visa regulations on the demand for China’s tourism". 

Research Interests

Tourism economics
Tourism demand forecasting
Economic development
Applied macroeconometrics
Business dynamism

Teaching Activity

BS3326 Further Topics in Macroeconomics
BSK497 The Global Economic Environment
BSM947 Macroeconomics

Intermediate Macroeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Business Economics


PhD in Tourism Economics, University of Surrey
MSc in Economics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEcon in Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


09/2018 - present: Lecturer, Aston Business School, Aston University
11/2015 - 09/2018: Research Fellow, University of Surrey
09/2009 - 11/2011: Research Assistant, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member, International Association of Tourism Economics (IATE)
Member, American Economic Association (AEA)
Member, Royal Economic Society (RES)
Member, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS)

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