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Dr Chen Xu

Dr Chen Xu

Research Associate

+44 29 2087 4255
T05, Adeilad Aberconwy, Rhodfa Colum, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU


Dr Chen Xu is a Research Associate at Welsh Economy Research Unit, she currently works on a Superfast Broadband project funded by European Commision and Welsh Goverment, focuses on estimating the impact of superfast broadband adoption on Welsh regional development. Before joinning Cardiff University, Chen was a Research Fellow in the Economics of Brexit at UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO), a partnership between University of Sussex and Chatham House. She investigated how UK firms are integrated with EU and non-EU firms, markets and regions to give policy implications for trade and Brexit during then.

Chen also has great interests in developing Satellite Accounts for unconventional activities (e.g tourism and ICT). Chen has developed a Tourism Satellite Account for Wales with regional and non-regional capital distinguished, and she has been invited to speak at United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) events as a result. Her other research interests include regional economics, servitization, digital innovation, servicification, and trade. Over the years of carrying out different research projects, Chen becomes very familiar with various firm level confidential datasets from Office of National Statistics (ONS) and has developed speciality in dealing with trade datasets from HM Revenue & Custom (HMRC) through secure access, and she is an experienced accredited researcher at both ONS SRS and HMRC datalab.


  • 2019.1-present   Research Associate,  Welsh Economy Research Unit, Cardiff University
  • 2018.1-2019.1    Research Fellow in Economics of Brexit, UK Trade Policy Observatory, Sussex University
  • 2014.10-2017.12 PhD in Economics, Cardiff University
  • 2013.10-2014.9   MRes in Economics, Cardiff University
  • 2012.10-2013.9   MSc in Economics (Distinction), Cardiff University








  • Development Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Principle of Finance
  • Presessional Maths

Work in progress

  • Regional economics modelling
  • Tourism satellite account
  • ICT satellite account
  • Territoral servitization in Wales
  • Regional impact of digital innovation
  • Servicification and servitization of UK firms
  • How UK firms trade with EU and non-EU markets
  • How firm's location affects firm's trade behaviour

Other Interests

  • Input Output tables
  • Social Accounting Matrix
  • CGE modelling
  • Foreign Direct Investment

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