Dr Yang Chen

Dr Yang Chen

Yang Chen (BA, MBA, PhD) is Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at Bristol University.

Dr Chen was formerly senior lecturer in Economics at Northampton Business School and Assistant Director of the China and Transitional Economy Research Centre, the University of Northampton.

Originally from Wuhan, Yang gained a first class honours degree in economics from Nankai University, Tianjin, before gaining employment at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan. After business experience in China, she came to the UK and gained a Phd at Leicester University. She is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Northampton.

Research interests

Yang’s principal research interests are institutional change and evolutionary economy of transitional countries.

Political economy; institutional change in transitional economies; institutional innovations; innovation and technology diffusion; corporate governance; competition and regulation policy.


2001 - Trade Partner’s UK East Midlands Regional Award for 2001 – Export Support


Chen Yang and Richard Sanders (2005) “Crossing Which River and Feeling Which Stones – China’s Transition to the ‘New Economy’”, Routledgecurzon Studies on the Chinese Economy 4. ?pp.308 – 332, RoutledgeCurzon: London & New York.

Chen Yang and Richard Sanders (2005) “On Privatistaion and Property Rights – Should China Go Down the Road of Outright Privatisation”, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 3(3), pp.231-246.

Wang Jinmin, Richard Sanders and Chen Yang (2005) “The Wave of Regional Trade Agreement in East Asia – China’s Strategy”, Phillipine Journal of Third World Studies, 20(2), pp.56-75.

Richard Sanders and Chen Yang (2003) “China’s Path to the ‘New Economy’ – An Institutional Approach”, Journal of Transforming Economies and Societies, 2(36), pp.32-45.

Chen Yang and Richard Sanders (2003), “Institutional Constraints on Changes in Ownership and Control within Chinese Publicly Listed Companies”, in Sustaining China’s Economic Growth in The twenty-first Century (Routledgecurzon Studies on The Chinese Economy 3), RoutledgeCurzon: London & New York.

Richard Sanders and Chen Yang (2003), “Chinska droga do ‘nowej gospodarki’: podejscie instytucjonalne”, in ‘Nowa Cospodarka’ – A Transformacia (in Polish), pp. 228-265.

Forthcoming publication in 2006

Richard Sanders, Chen Yang and Cao Yiying (2006), “Marginalisation in the countryside: the question of rural poverty”, Routledgecurzon book: ?Marginalisation in China: Perspectives on Transition and Globalisation

Forthcoming book

A single-authored book on property rights in China based on the PhD thesis has been accepted for publication by the Edwin Mellen Press, UK. The book is currently in printing.

Working Paper

Richard Sanders and Chen Yang (2003), “China’s Path to the ‘New Economy’”, Tiger (Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research) Working Paper Series, No.39

Conference and seminar presentations

Chen Yang and Richard Sanders, “From agricultural involution to industrial evolution: the development of industrial clusters in China”, paper presented in the Asian Economic Initiative: How do we intergrate our economies, 5th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, 2-4 December, 2006 in Tokyo.

Chen Yang, “The commercialisation of Chinese universities and its effects on research capacity and research productivity”, paper presented in the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge Colloquium on Research and Higher Education Policy, 29 November to 1 December, 2006, in Paris.

Chen Yang, “Change of property rights and ownership in Chinese high-tech spin-offs in the reform era”, paper presented in the conference New Asian Dynamics in Science,Technology and Innovation, 26-29 September 2006 in Gilleleje, Denmark.

Wang Jinmin, Chen Yang and Richard Sanders, “The Growth Pattern and Updating Mechanism of Zhejiang Textile Industrial Cluster”, paper presented at the conference “The International Symposium on Constructing a Harmonious Society: Globalization, Transition and Development”, School of Economics and School of Zhou Enlai Government Management, Nankai University, 20–21 April, 2006, Tianjin, China.

Chen Yang, “China and the World Economy”, public lecture to 650 A level students at the Institute of Education, November, 2005, London.

Richard Sanders and Chen Yang (2005), “Regulatory Reform in the Further Restructuring of Large sized SOEs in China- Lessons from British experience of privatisation”, Chinese Economist Association (CEA)(UK) 15th Annual Conference, London.

Chen Yang and Richard Sanders (2004), “Corporate Governance in China – Is Convergence to the Anglo-American Model a Desirable Destination”, Chinese Economist Association (CEA)(UK) 15th Annual Conference, London.

Chen Yang and Richard Sanders (2003), “From Party/State Regulation to Corporate Governance – The Experience and Challenge of China in Transition”, ESRC funded conference on “Corporate Governance – China and International Comparison” held by Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Cambridge, December, 2003.

Richard Sanders and Chen Yang (2003), “China’s transition to the New Economy”, “Transformation, Integration and Globalisation Economic Research” (TIGER) Conference on “The ‘New Economy’ and Post-socialist Transition”, Warsaw, Poland, on 10-11 April 2003.

Referee for the following journals:

Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society.

Journal reviewer for the Journal of East Asia Social Policy.

Knowledge transfer and consultancy experience

The China Centre Seminar “Getting to Know China: Opening for Business”, March 2006.

Consultancy services to SMEs in the East Midlands - i.e. delivering 12 sessions business training courses to SATRA Technology, Consultancy to East Midland Borough Councils, 2002–2004.

Consultancy service to Northamptonshire Police - delivering management training courses to Chinese police officers at National Police Training (NPT), Bramshill, 2001.