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Jun Du is Professor of Economics at Aston Business School. Jun is an applied economist whose main research interest is to understand the driving forces and impediments of productivity enhancement and economic growth, from multi-level dimensions of individuals, firms, industries, regions, governments, and their interplays, in both developed and emerging economic contexts (China in particular). She has expertise in applied econometric methodologies using micro-data from both developed and developing countries. Jun held a visiting research fellowship in Stockholm School of Economics and is linked with Chinese Social Science Academy. She is also a research fellow in Advanced Institute of Management, and member of several professional bodies. Jun published in International Journal of Industrial Organization, Research Policy, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Law, Economics and Journal of Business Venturing and International Journal of Business Studies. Her research has received external funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Leverhulme Foundation, NESTA foundation, and various UK government agencies including UKTI, DTI and BIS, local governments (Manchester, Birmingham and West Midlands local authorities), as well as from the private sector. She led the productivity research projects in the Business Demography Research theme in the UK Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), and currently the Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Business Prosperity (LBGBP) leading on projects on the UK firm international trade, innovation and productivity. 

Research Interests

Trained as an economist, I am interested in understanding the driving forces and impediments of economic growth and development, from multi-level dimensions of individuals, firms, industries, regions, governments, and their interplays.

Empirically, employing microeconometric tools, I draw main observations from different contexts of emerging countries as well as developed economies. The current focus of my research evolves around the UK productivity puzzle, firm export dynamics, high growth phenomenon and the regional economic policy.


2002~2006, Ph.D. in Economics, University of Leicester, UK
Thesis title: Essays on Banking Efficiency, Access to Finance and Firm Performance in China.
2001~02, MSc in International Economics, Banking & Finance Cardiff, Business School, Cardiff
University, UK, (Distinction)
1995~1999, BA in Economic Management, Inner Mongolia University (IMU), P.R. China,

PhD Supervision

I have successfully completed eight PhD students’ supervision, and three ongoing students on the research topics of firm performance, trade and international business, productivity, firm technological development and innovation diffusion, institutions, network analysis, corporate governance, entrepreneurship and finance. 

Contact Details

Email: j.du@aston.ac.uk 
 +44(0)121 204 3340 

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Research Output

Agglomeration Externalities of Fast-growth Firms

Du, J. & Vanino, E., 26 Jun 2020, In : Regional studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Global Value Chains and the Adoption of Automation Technology

    Du, J. & Nduka, U., 1 Aug 2020, In : Academy of Management Proceedings. 2020, 1, 1 p., 18610.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Local governance and business performance in Vietnam: the transaction costs’ perspective

    Nguyen, B., Mickiewicz, T. & Du, J., 3 Apr 2018, In : Regional studies. 52, 4, p. 542-557

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Chinese style management buyouts

    Du, J. & Nguyen, B., 10 Sep 2018, The Routledge Companion to Management Buyouts. Wright, M., Amess, K., Bacon, N. & Siegel, D. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 212-223 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Global reversal, regional revival?

    Turok, I., Bailey, D., Clark, J., Du, J., Fratesi, U., Fritsch, M., Harrison, J., Kemeny, T., Kogler, D., Lagendijk, A., Mickiewicz, T., Miguelez, E., Usai, S. & Wishlade, F., 19 Jan 2017, In : Regional Studies. 51, 1, p. 1-8 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


    Aston Excellence Award, Aston University

    Du, Jun (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Chinese Excellent Overseas Student Award

    Du, Jun (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    Regional studies (Journal)

    Jun Du (Editor)

    2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    ESRC (Publisher)

    Jun Du (Peer reviewer)

    2010 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review