Wei Li has worked as a researcher on water conservation and renewable energy for the World Bank, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and Renmin University of China. She joined the University of Sydney China Studies Centre and Business School in 2011 and held the Australian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries research fellowship before being appointed to a lectureship in International Business. She is a core member of the KPMG/Business School research team and leads the Chinese outbound investors' survey project. She co-developed the KPMG/University of Sydney database on Chinese outbound direct investment in Australia. Her research interests are the globalisation of Chinese enterprises and sustainable development. She is particularly interested in the transformation of state owned and private enterprises and the role of the state as promoter of international business activity. She is currently involved in research projects on enterprise finance, woman entrepreneurship and the internationalisation of the renewable energy sector. She has published articles on green innovation and solar energy, environmental impact assessment, governance of water resources, small and medium enterprise finance, and Chinese investment in Australia.
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