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China and Emerging Economies Centre

What is the China and Emerging Economies Centre?

The China and Emerging Economies Centre (CEEC) aims to create an interdisciplinary platform to research and engage with China and other emerging economies and their impact on the global economy. It will also support British organisations to engage with China and other emerging economies through the delivery of cutting-edge academic research and consultancy services. The Centre works with other world leading institutions in order to produce valuable research with demonstrable impact.

View our CEEC Staff page for more information on the team.

Areas of interest

The China and Emerging Economies Centre has a wide range of research interests. Below are only some selected topics currently under study:

  • Emerging economy multinational firms
  • Innovation and innovation policy
  • Regional economic development
  • Global value chains and Logistics
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Sustainability

Recent projectsCEEC Almaty conference

The impact of emerging economies and their multinational enterprises on the world economy (Almaty, February 2015)

This workshop brought together 30 early career researchers from the UK and Kazakhstan and a few world-renowned scholars to debate on the rise of emerging economies and their multinational enterprises. The workshop was funded by the British Council.

CEEC also held the Northampton Forum on the Impact of Chinese Overseas Investment in September 2016.

In November 2016, Dr Shaowei He (Director of CEEC) was appointed the Ambassador for International Exchange by China’s Hunan Provincial government. This further develops the relationship between Hunan in China and Lincolnshire in Britain and contributes to the CEEC’s work in strengthening the South East Midlands trade and investment relationship with China.

Current projects

Emerging economy multinational enterprises’ acquisitions in developed countries and capability upgrading in their acquired firms (2015-2016)

This project is part of the bigger effort to examine the impact of emerging economies on the world economy. It is funded by the Leverhulme/British Academy Small Research Grant.

Food waste and global supply chains (Sau Paulo, August 2015)

This is another workshop funded by the British Council for early career researchers from Brazil and the UK on the theme of food and global supply chain.

External partners

CEEC works with a range of external partners locally, nationally and internationally.

Working with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology to investigate R&D internationalisation of leading Chinese firms.


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Helping Lincolnshire County Council and partners to engage with Hunan government of China in order to establish a sister-region relationship between the two regions.



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Working with the University of Sao Paulo on research that explores the development of the electric vehicle industry in Brazil.





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Working with Nanjing University of Science and Technology on an initiative to establish a joint research centre for innovation policies and management.

Working with CEEC

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