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Chunlai Chen

Professor, Policy and Governance Program


Bs. (Beijing Forestry University), MPA (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University), PhD (Adelaide University)

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Professor Chunlai Chen is an applied economist in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. He holds a BSc. from Beijing Forestry University (China), MPA from Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University (USA), and PhD from the University of Adelaide (Australia).

He is an expert in foreign direct investment, international trade, agricultural economics, and rural development with an emphasis on China’s economy.

Before moving to Australia, Professor Chen worked in Rural Development Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences for more than ten years. He provided systematic and comprehensive studies on foreign direct investment and its impact on China’s economy. He has also conducted extensive research on China’s agricultural production, marketing, trade policy and liberalisation, and rural development.

He is leading a research project funded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research on rural regional transformation in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Pakistan, which will have important policy impacts on rural development in Asian developing economies.

Professor Chen has two single-authored books: Foreign Direct Investment in China: Location Determinants, Investor Differences and Economic Impacts (Edward Elgar 2011), and Foreign Direct Investment and the Chinese Economy: A Critical Assessment (Edward Elgar 2017).

Current projects

  • Impact of WTO and regional integration on China’s agriculture
  • Foreign direct investment and its impact on China’s economy
  • Rural transformation in Asian economies

Research interests

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • International Trade and the WTO
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Chinese Economy


  • Economic Way of Thinking I
  • Economic Way of Thinking II
  • Services and Investment Policy
  • The Global Trading System

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