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 Shuo Sun

Shuo Sun

Research student, Cardiff Business School


I am a final year PhD student in the section of Management, Employment, and Organisation. My current research focuses on fiscal decentralisation, public service performance, and the management of the public sector. My PhD programme focuses on fiscal decentralisation and healthcare service performance in Chinese provinces. Before starting my PhD, I have completed MSc Accounting and Finance and MSc Social Science Research Methods with two distinction degrees at Cardiff University. I also hold a Bachelor of Economics in Public Finance from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (Wuhan, PRC).


Research interests

  • Fiscal decentralisation

  • Public service performance

  • Policies in public finance and accounting

  • Public sector management


I am a postgraduate tutor for BST153 Research Methods


Intra-provincial fiscal decentralisation and healthcare service performance: a Chinese-based study

The improvement of healthcare service efficiency and effectiveness is a long-standing consideration of policy-makers, researchers, and the general public in China. Researchers have widely discussed the contributions of fiscal decentralisation (FD) on economic/ and income growth in China, but only a few of them have looked into the impact of FD on healthcare service efficiency and effectiveness, two key dimensions of service performance. To address this gap, this PhD study looks into the impact of FD on the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare services in Chinese provincial jurisdictions, from multi-disciplinary perspectives and with the support of a quantitative-dominant mixed-method strategy. This research will not only benefit the academic discussions about FD and public service performance, but also, it will inform policymakers to promote the ongoing FD practices in China and other settings.



Professor Rhys Andrews

Professor of Public Management

James Downe

Professor James Downe

Professor of Public Policy and Management, Director of Research, Wales Centre for Public Policy

Heike Doering

Dr Heike Doering

Senior Lecturer in Management, Employment and Organisation