Research fellows

Senior Research Fellows (in alphabetical order)

Ilan Alon, Ph.D. Dr. Alon is Professor of Strategy and International Marketing at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder (Norway). He also is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Emerging Markets and the European Journal of International Management. His specialties include internationalization, modes of entry, political risk, and emerging markets. Alon is a frequent speaker or writer on well-known international media. He earned his Ph.D. at Kent State University (USA).

Louis Brennan, Ph.D., FTCD. Dr. Brennan is Professor and Associate Dean, Trinity Business School and Fellow, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). He formerly was Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College and founder and chair of a 26-nation research network on emerging market multinationals and their impact on Europe. His specialties include global operations and supply chain management and the business of space. He is an authority on Chinese investment in Europe.

Shaun Breslin, Ph.D. Dr. Breslin is Professor of Political and International Studies at Warwick University (UK). He also is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Associate Senior Research Fellow at the ISPI (Italy), and Co-Editor of the well-known Pacific Review. A specialist on China and political economy, he has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books on FDI in China, Chinese domestic economic reform, China and the global economic order, and China’s financial system.

Peter J. Buckley, Ph.D., OBE, FBA. Dr. Buckley is Professor of International Business at the University of Leeds (UK). He was Founding Director of the Centre for International Business as well as the Business Confucius Institute. He is a fellow of the Academy of International Business and the British Academy of Management. His research interests include the theory of the multinational firm, the impact of foreign direct investment, and outward direct investment from emerging countries.

Lourdes Casanova, Ph.D. Dr. Casanova is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University (USA) and Fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. In 2017, she was ranked as one of the 30 most influential Iberoamerican women intellectuals by Esglobal. Her expertise includes emerging markets, global business, and strategy. She is the co-author of The Era of Chinese Multinationals: Competing for Global Dominance.

Jonathan Doh, Ph.D. Dr. Doh is Associate Dean of Research and Global Engagement; Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business; and Co-Faculty Director, The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, Villanova University (USA). He serves as General Editor, Journal of Management Studies, has been a visiting professor at numerous universities abroad, and is an Academy of International Business fellow. His specialties include corporate social responsibility, emerging markets, and non-market strategy.

Manochehr Dorraj, Ph.D. Dr. Dorraj is Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University (USA). Dr. Dorraj is an expert on China’s relations with the Middle East, China and Iran, and energy. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 7 books and more than 75 articles and book chapters, many relating to China-Middle East and China- Iran energy, trade, and security ties. He is a frequent commentator on global and Middle Eastern affairs.

Enrique Dussel Peters, Ph.D. Dr. Dussel is Professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the head of UNAM’s Centre for China-Mexico Studies. He is also coordinator of the China-Latin America Academic Network (Red ALC-China). His research concentrates on economic development, political economy, and trade specialization. His publications include China’s Financing in Latin America and the Caribbean and China’s Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Lorraine Eden, Ph.D. Dr. Eden is Professor Emerita of Management and Research Professor of Law at Texas A&M University (USA). She is a founding scholar in the field of transfer pricing economics. Her research interests include transfer pricing and strategic responses of multinational enterprises to exogenous shocks. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies and President of the Academy of International Business (AIB), and is incoming Dean, AIB Fellows 2020-2023.

Matt Ferchen, Ph.D. Dr. Ferchen is Head of Global China Research at Mercator Institute for China Studies (Germany). His research focuses on the connections between China’s foreign and domestic political economy. He has written extensively about China’s economic statecraft and developing country diplomacy. He is particularly interested in lessons one can learn from comparing China’s relations with different regions. He previously was a faculty member at Tsinghua University and a scholar with the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.

Henry Gao. Prof. Gao is Associate Professor of law at Singapore Management University (Singapore) and Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. With law degrees from three continents, he started his career as the first Chinese lawyer at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat. He has advised many national governments, the WTO, and World Bank on trade issues. He sits on the Advisory Board of the WTO Chairs Program established in 2009.

Lee Jones, Ph.D. Dr. Jones is Reader (Associate Professor) in International Politics at Queen Mary University of London (UK). He specializes in Chinese domestic and international political economy. He has published extensively on Chinese companies’ engagements in Southeast Asia and beyond and examined how China’s rising outward FDI and other overseas interests are reshaping Chinese foreign policy. He currently leads a large team of scholars studying the Belt and Road Initiative across the global south.

Wei Liang, Ph.D. Dr. Liang, who also serves as Corporate Treasurer for the Wong MNC Center, is Gordon Paul Smith Professor of International Policy Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is a specialist on Chinese economic decision-making, East Asian regionalism, and global economic governance. She has co-authored one book, co-edited two books, and published numerous articles and book chapters. She previously was President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies.

Kun-Chin Lin, Ph.D. Dr. Lin is a University Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Lin is a senior fellow of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability and a member of Energy@Cambridge, Cambridge Centre for the Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance. His current projects include regulatory issues in transport infrastructure and energy markets in China and the economic and security nexus in maritime governance in the Indo-Pacific.

Sophie Meunier, Ph.D. Dr. Meunier is Senior Research Scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Co-Director of the EU Program at Princeton (USA). She is the author and editor of numerous books on political economy issues and articles on Chinese FDI in Europe. Her research focuses on the hosting of Chinese direct investment in Europe and the US. Dr. Meunier is Chevalier des Palmes Academiques in France.

Hwy-Chang Moon, Ph.D. Chair Professor at Seoul Business School, aSSIST and Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University, where he previously served as the Dean. Dr. Moon currently is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Business and Economy and has published numerous articles and books on topics relating to Multinational Corporations, Foreign Direct Investment, International Business Strategy, and Economic Development in East Asia with a focus on Korea.

Amitendu Palit, Ph.D. Dr. Palit is Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economics) at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore (Singapore). Dr. Palit, an economist, also is a member of the World Economic Forum’s trade and investment council. His current research focuses on the regulatory frameworks of mega-RTAs, the impact of mega-RTAs, and regional value chains in the Asia-Pacific. He spent several years in India’s Ministry of Finance.

Francesca Spigarelli, Ph.D. Dr. Spigarelli is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Macerata (Italy) and Vice-Rector for Entrepreneurship and Technological Transfer. She also is Director China Center, University of Macerata. She has extensive experience in coordination of EU funded projects. Her research interests include emerging market multinational enterprises; the Chinese economy and Chinese industries; and the Circular Economy.

Shujiro Urata, Ph.D. Dr. Urata is Professor of Economics at the Graduate School Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (Japan). He also is Faculty Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Research Fellow at the Japanese Centre for Economic Research, and Senior Research Advisor, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. He is a specialist in international economics, focusing on Asia-Pacific regional integration and FDI and economic development as well as trade.

Pichamon Yeophantong, PhD. Dr. Yeophantong is an Australian Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales Canberra. A specialist on the political economy of sustainable development, she leads a project examining the socio-economic and environmental impacts of Chinese resource and infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. She also has served as a consultant on development issues to the Africa Progress Panel, Overseas Development Institute, and CARE Australia

Yu Zheng, Ph.D. Dr. Zheng is a Professor of International Politics at Fudan University (China). He is the author of Governance and Foreign Investment in China, India, and Taiwan: Credibility, Flexibility and International Business (University of Michigan Press,). His research interests include international development, international political economy, China investment and aid in Africa, and business-government relations. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and did a postdoc fellowship at Harvard University.