Dr Peng Zhou

Dr Peng Zhou

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2068 8778
D47, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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Available for postgraduate supervision

With a first-class degree in Philosophy at Peking University (北京大学) and an MSc in Economics and Finance at the University of York, I started my career in a consulting company, providing legal and financial advice for the government and businesses in infrastructure projects, such as power plants, water plants, sewage treatment plants, highways, and undergrounds. I left the company in 2007 to pursue my PhD in Economics at Cardiff University, focusing on macroeconomic DSGE modelling and applied microeconomics. Quantitative modelling and data analysis are my specialties.

After obtaining my PhD in 2012, I started my academic career as a lecturer in Economics and Finance at Cardiff Metropolitan University until 2016, and I was a guest lecturer at Cardiff University during the same time. In 2016, I formally joined Cardiff University (Economics Section, Cardiff Business School). My research in macroeconomics, entrepreneurship and policy evaluation has been published in specialised books and peer-reviewed journals such as Economic History Review, Applied Economics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, TQM & Business Excellence and Journal of Consumer Behaviour. Meanwhile, I keep a close connection with the industries, providing consultancy for Confused.com, Ausnutria Dairy Co., Ltd and Peril Capital Ltd. I also contributed to the quantitative evaluation of the Welsh government’s Independent Living Adaptation scheme in 2014 and investigating the health needs of the homeless in 2016 (jointly with Shelter Cymru). My recently published journal article on international trade has attracted a wide attention in the British government, and was invited to present my findings at the House of Parliament in Feb 2015. I also write commentary articles for Oxford Analytica, with a wide readership ranging from United Nations to multinational businesses.

Download my CV in English or in Chinese.

Education and Qualifications

  • PhD Economics, Cardiff University, 10/2007-03/2012
  • MSc Economics and Finance, York, 10/2005-09/2006
  • BA Philosophy & BSc Economics (Dual), Peking University (北京大学), 09/2001-07/2005

Professional Activities

  • External Examiner of economics programmes at University of Nottingham, Kingston University London, University of East London, and University of Pretoria (South Africa).

Honours and awards

  • 2012: Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad.
  • 2008-2011: Overseas Research Students (ORS) Awards Scheme, HEFCW.
  • 2007-2011: Julian Hodge Macroeconomic Study Bursary, Julian Hodge Bank, UK.

Professional memberships

  • Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy, since 2013 (via PgC THE).
  • Membership of The American Economic Association, The European Economic Association, The Royal Economic Society.

Academic positions

  • 2012-2016: Lecturer in Economics and Finance, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Speaking engagements

  • Guest lectures/seminars at Oxford University (20.10.2015), Hunan University (10.04.2015), Nottingham Trent University (05.03.2014).
  • Guest lectures/seminars at oerseas universities: Southeast University (06.09.2018), Harbin Institute of Technology (03.09.2018), National Tsinghua University (10.04.2018), Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (23.03.2018), University of International Business and Economics (22.03.2018), Capital University of Economics and Business (18.03.2018), Hunan University (10.04.2015).
  • The House of Parliament, presentation and policy discussion on international trade in the UK (22.02.2015).

Committees and reviewing

  • Grant reviewer for ESRC.
  • Journal reviewer for Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & MoneyApplied Economics, Economic ModellingQuarterly Review of Economics and FinanceInternational Review of EntrepreneurshipStrategic Change, Economic Issues, and Economic Research (Ekonomska Istraživanja).










Teaching commitments

For more information, please go to my website.

Research Interests

  • Macroeconomics: Economic Growth, Business Cycle, Monetary Economics
  • Applied Economics: Public Policy, Housing Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Research Projects

  • 2016-2017: Research Grant for investigating the health needs of the homeless, joint research project with Shelter Cymru, commissioned by Cymorth Cymru.
  • 2016: Research Grant for investigating the economic effects of income tax devolution in Wales, comissioned by Peril Capital.
  • 2014-2015: Research Grant for economic evaluation of Independent Living Adaptations, joint research project with Shelter Cymru (£38,110), commissioned by Welsh Government.

For more information, please go to my website.

  • Economic Growth
  • Business Cycles
  • Financial Economics

Past projects

  • Supervisor (100%) for Nancy Youssef on the effect of board structure on mutual funds in Egypt (awarded 2016)
  • Co-Supervisor (50%) for Nikos Tzivanakis on determinants of institutional quality in Europe (awarded 2018)