Shaowei He joined the University of Northampton in 2008 after obtaining his PhD in Economic Development from the University of Birmingham. His research interests cross the boundaries of international business, economic geography and innovation studies. His current research focus is on the internationalisation of the Chinese MNEs and its impact on clusters and businesses in both China and overseas. Shaowei has received research grants from Leverhulme/British Academy and British Council. His work has appeared in leading academic journals such as Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management and Human Resource Management Review. Shaowei is Visiting Professor of Jianghan University of China.
Shaowei is also Director of the China and Emerging Economies Centre at the University. He has been leading the Centre in helping British and Chinese institutions to identify and materialise collaboration opportunities. He has advised businesses such as Silverstone Circuits Ltd. and Moles Solutions. In 2016 he was appointed Ambassador for International Exchange by the Hunan Provincial Government of China.