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Chris joined Aston Business School as a Lecturer in Economics 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. He has extensive experience in carrying out applied economics research and consultancy projects, for example, 'Economic impact and travel patterns of accessible tourism in Europe', 'Economic impact of Watts Gallery', 'Evaluating Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an international tourism destination' and 'The economic effects of visa regulations on the demand for China’s tourism'. His research has been published in internationally refereed journals, including Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, and Tourism Management.

Research Interests

Tourism economics
Economic development
Economic impact analysis

Teaching Activity

Undergraduate Modules
BS1196 Principles of Macroeconomics
BS2240 Business Economics


Ph.D. in Tourism Economics, University of Surrey
M.Sc. in Economics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
B.Econ. 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

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

Contact Details

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


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Applied Economics
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • GV Recreation Leisure

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Research Output

Antecedents and Outcomes of Emotional Labour in Hospitality and Tourism: A Meta-Analysis

Xu, S., Cao, Z. & Huo, Y., 19 Feb 2020, In : Tourism Management. 79, 104099.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Antecedents and Outcomes of Work-Nonwork Conflict in Hospitality: A Meta-Analysis

    Xu, S. & Cao, Z., 14 Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. 31, 10, p. 3919-3942 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Tourism and Economic Globalization: An Emerging Research Agenda

    Song, H., Li, G. & Cao, Z., 1 Nov 2018, In : Journal of Travel Research. 57, 8, p. 999-1011

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • Modelling the interdependence of tourism demand: The global vector autoregressive approach

    Cao, Z., Li, G. & Song, H., 1 Nov 2017, In : Annals of Tourism Research. 67, p. 1-13

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Distributional Effect of Events on Rural and Urban Households in China

    Cao, Z., Li, S., Song, H. & Shen, S., 21 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Travel Research. 56, 7, p. 881-892

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access