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Global issues research

Our interdisciplinary research projects examine the dynamics of China’s integration into global institutions, business and the global economy, and the changing international role of contemporary China as an important party to emerging global issues including population, the environment, and the implementation of new technologies.

The China-UK Global Issues Dialogue Centre's independent research draws on the expertise of members of Jesus College, the University of Cambridge and the wider global research community.

Our first research project now underway is examining the 'International Digital Economy and Governance', with an initial focus on governance issues in developing e-commerce and mobile payments along the Belt and Road.

Current research projects

China’s digital transformation

This research project seeks to gain a better understanding of the digital transformation underway in China and its implications for her economy, culture and society.

Conducted in partnership with the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College, the project focuses on three broad research questions: 

  • The antecedents of digital innovation and the rise of the digital economy in China;
  • The impacts of China’s digital transformation on her economy, society and culture;
  • The implications for the global competitiveness of Chinese companies and China’s changing role in the world.


The Centre is committed to promoting dialogue through the dissemination of its research and the results of its activities to a wide audience.

Recent published works

  • “Building and Leveraging Dynamic Capabilities: Insights from Accelerated Innovation in China”, Global Strategy Journal, 6(3), 2016, pp. 197–210. P. J. Williamson.
  • “An alternative benchmark for the validity of China’s GDP growth statistics”, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 2018, 16(2): 171-191. P.J Williamson, S. Hoenderop and J. Hoenderop.
  • “Emerging market multinationals and the concept of ownership advantages”, International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2018, 13(3): 557-567. P.J. Williamson and F. Wan.
  •  "The role of suppliers in enabling differing innovation strategies of competing multinationals from emerging and advanced economies: German and Chinese automotive firms compared." Technovation, 2018, 70–71: 46-58. P. Hertenstein and P.J. Williamson.
  • How Real are the Opportunities for Multinationals in China? The Oxford Handbook of Management in Emerging Markets, 2018 P. J. Williamson and F. Wan.
  • "Enabling cost innovation by non-traditional organizational processes: the case of Chinese firms." Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2019, 139: 352-361. F. Wan, P.J. Williamson and E. Yin.

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Contact us

If you would like to be involved in any aspect of the China-UK Global Issues Dialogue Centre's work, please contact the Chair, Professor Peter Williamson, or the Deputy Director, Liying Guo.

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