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Dr Qian Li

Dr Qian Li

Lecturer in Sustainable Business Operations

Ysgol Busnes Caerdydd

+44 (0)29 2087 9247
B49, Adeilad Aberconwy, Rhodfa Colum, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU


Qian Li is a Lecturer in Sustainable Business Operations and Public Value Engagement Fellow at Cardiff Business School.  

Qian's research predominantly focuses on the empirical links between sustainability issues and firm financial performance, and aspects of socially responsible investment. Interdisciplinary in nature, her work draws from diverse strands of literature including sustainable finance, strategic management, environmental economics and business ethics. She has been working on several sustainability-related research projects: i) Corporate social irresponsibility and shareholder value; ii) NGO activism on climate change issues and firm value; iii) The exploratory investigation of big data and artificial intelligence on sustainable finance; iv) The impact of human capital drivers on employee wellbeing and retention.

She has won the FIR/PRI research grant for the research project ‘Responsible Investment and the Chinese Stock Market’, which is administered by the French Social Investment Forum and the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. Following the Paris Agreement and TCFD recommendations, she has acted as the external expert reviewer for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)’s multimillion proposal ‘Reimagining Disclosure’ which aims to provide a new and innovative approach for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission disclosure to fundamentally change business and sustainable practices to achieve a well-below 2-degree world. Her work has been accepted at numerous international conferences, such as Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual Conference, European Financial Management Association (EFMA) Annual Conference, International Association of Business and Society (IABS) Annual Conference, Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Conference, Work, Employment and Society (WES) conference, and European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) Annual Conference.

Qian teaches MSc module Building Sustainable Supply Chains and contributes to MBA module International Sustainable Business and Strategic Operations Management at Cardiff Business School. She leads a public value engagement project to be partnered with NGOs and businesses to reduce Scope 3 carbon emissions through interdisciplinary teaching.

Prior to joining Cardiff Business School, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Mutuality in Business Project at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Her work focused on natural capital accounting, development of economics of mutuality (EoM) metrics based on multiple forms of capital and randomised controlled trial (RCT) in microfinance. She was also Oxford research lead on a business pilot in China.

Qian holds a double bachelor’s degree in law and economics, respectively from Huazhong Normal University and Wuhan University in China, and a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She started her PhD at University of St Andrews and received her PhD from ICMA Centre, University of Reading.






  • Li, Q. 2015. Responsible investment in China. In: Hebb, T. et al. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 166-181.


I am currently teaching the following modules:

MSc module – BST821 Building Sustainable Supply Chains
MBA module – BST539 International Sustainable Business
MBA module – BST534 Strategic Operations Management

I have a broad range of interests in examining the impact of sustainability and technology on firm performance. More specifically, I am interested in:

  • Business Ethics (incl. Corporate Social (Ir)responsibility, Environmental, Social and Governance Issues)
  • Sustainable Finance (incl. Responsible Investment, Impact Investing, Shareholder Engagement, Microfinance)
  • Fintech (incl. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Big Data Analysis)
  • Asset Management (incl. Asset Pricing, Alpha Modeling, Risk Analysis)
  • Corporate Governance (incl. Board Diversity)