University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Nottingham University Business School China
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Stephen L. Morgan

Executive Director of the Nottingham China Health Institute
Professor of Chinese Economic History , Nottingham University Business School China


PhD (Australian National University)
MA (University of Hong Kong)
BA (Monash University)


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    Nottingham University Business School
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Current roles

Executive Director of the Nottingham China Health Institute.

Recent past roles

Associate Provost for Planning, UNNC (2016-18)

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, UNNC (2013-16)

Deputy Director of Research and REF Coordinator, SCCS (2011-13)

Director of Research, SCCS (2008-11); Director of PhD Programmes, SCCS (2007-10)

Expertise summary

Stephen Morgan is Professor of Chinese Economic History at the University of Nottingham who is seconded to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). His research focus includes Chinese economic and business history as well as contemporary Chinese economic and social development, international business, and strategic management.

Professor Morgan is the Executive Director of the Nottingham China Health Institute, a new umbrella organisation that brings together the diverse strands of healthcare-related research at UNNC. He was formerly the Associate Provost for Planning (2016-18) at UNNC and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences (2013-16). He joined the University of Nottingham in the UK in September 2007 coming from the University of Melbourne where he was senior lecturer in Asian economic history in the Department of Management and Marketing.

He has more than 35 years of experience studying and writing about China. In an earlier life, he was a journalist with, among others, the Geelong Advertiser (provincial daily near in Melbourne), a China-based contributor to the South China Morning Post, the chief correspondent of the Hong Kong Standard, and an assistant editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Research interests

Stephen Morgan’s research interests broadly span business, economic and social development in China since the 18th century. There are two main areas of interest. The first is economic and business history China. He has researched long-run change in nutrition and health in China, grain market integration, and the transfer of managerial knowledge to China, among other topics. The second major area of interest is international business and strategic management. His research in this area includes studies of foreign direct investment in China, corporate strategies of Chinese firms, and the role of social networks in the organisation and management of Chinese firms.

Between 2006 and 2011, he was the Co-Editor of the Australian Economic History Review, the only English-language SCCI journal that specialises in the economic, business and social history of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2012-13 he was editor-in-chief of the AEHR. He remains a member of the editorial board of the journal.

He has supervised doctoral research across many topics in China-related studies, and some outside of the China field, but he prefers to supervise in Chinese economic and business history or in contemporary Chinese business and management. Current topics of interest include nutritional status in contemporary China; institutions, culture and innovation in China; the organisation and management of Chinese firms; and strategic management related to China. He is willing to consider proposals from prospective PhD students on these topics. 


Selected Publications (since 2000):

Stephen L. Morgan, “East Asia”, Chapter 34, in Matthias Blum and Christopher L. Cohen (eds), An Economist’s Guide to Economic History, Palgrave Studies in Economic History (Palgrave Macmillian, 2018 forthcoming).

Meixi Zhuang, Xiaoling Zhang and Stephen L. Morgan, “Citizen-media Interaction in China's Local Participatory Reform: A Contingent Participation Model”, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Studies, 27, No. 109, (Jan 2018), DOI:

Daniel Bernhofen, Markus Eberhardt, Jianan Li and Stephen L. Morgan. “The Evolution of Markets in China and Western Europe on the Eve of the Industrialisation”. 2017 GEP Papers 17/12, 

Shaoyu Zhao and Stephen L. Morgan, "Business to Government Networks in Resource Acquisition: The Case of Chinese Private Enterprises", Chapter 4, in J. Nolan, C. Rowley and M. Warner (eds), Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms: Enduring Trends, Emerging Patterns (Elsevier, 2016).

Lauren Johnston, Stephen L. Morgan, and Yuesheng Wang, “The gravity of China’s African promise”, The World Economy, 38 (6), June 2015, pp. 913-34.  (doi:10.1111/twec.12229) .

Daniel Bernhofen, Markus Eberhardt, Jianan Li and Stephen L. Morgan. “Assessing market (dis)integration in early modern China and Europe,” 2015 GEP Papers 15/12,  

Stephen L. Morgan, “Growing Fat on Reform: Obesity and Nutritional Disparities among Chinese Children, 1979-2005”, The China Quarterly, Vol. 220, Dec 2014, pp. 1033-1068, (DOI: 10.1017/S030574101400112X); An author original version is available from:

Hailan Yang and Stephen L. Morgan, Business Strategy and Corporate Governance in the Chinese Consumer Electronics Sector (Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2011) ISBN: 978-1-84334-656-2.

Stephen L. Morgan and Martin Shanahan, “The supply of economic history in Australasia: The AEHR at 50”, Australian Economic History Review, 50 (3), 2010, pp. 217-39. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8446.2010.00303.x)

Joerg Baten, Debin Ma, Stephen Morgan and Qing Wang, “Evolution of Living Standards and Human Capital in China in the 18-20th Centuries: Evidences from Real Wages, Age-heaping, and Anthropometrics”, Explorations in Economic History 47 (3), 2010, pp. 347-59. (doi:10.1016/j.eeh.2009.09.003)

Shujie Yao, Bin Wu, Stephen Morgan and Dylan Sutherland, (eds.), Sustainable Reform and Development in Post-Olympic China (London, Routledge, 2011) ISBN: 978-0-415-55956-0. Paperback edition issued in mid-2014.

Stephen Morgan and Fang Su, “Regional inequalities in China – A non-monetary view.” In: Shujie Yao, Bin Wu, Stephen Morgan and Dylan Sutherland (eds.), Sustainable Reform and Development in Post-Olympic China (London, Routledge, 2011), pp. 38-59.

Shujie Yao, Dan Luo and Stephen Morgan, “Bank share prices and stock market integration in China”, Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, 15 (4), 2010, pp. 388-395 (DOI:10.1080/13547860.2010.516152).

Hailan Yang and Stephen Morgan, “Development of China’s State-controlled Firms, the Case of the Consumer Electronics Sector”, Management Revue, 21 (4), 2010, pp. 458-479. (DOI 10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2010_04_Yang).

Shujie Yao, Dan Luo and Stephen Morgan, “The Impact of the US Credit Crunch and the Housing Market Crisis in China”, Journal of Contemporary China 19 (Issue 64), 2010, pp. 401-417 (DOI:10.1080/10670560903444355).

Stephen L. Morgan, “Stature and Economic Development in South China, 1810-1880”, Explorations in Economic History 46 (1), 2009, pp. 53-69. (doi:10.1016/j.eeh.2008.03.001)

David Merrett, Stephen Morgan and Simon Ville, “Industry Associations as Facilitators of Social Capital: the Establishment and Early Operations of the Melbourne Wool Brokers Association”, Business History 50(6), 2008, pp. 781-94. (doi: 10.1080/00076790802420153)

Shujie Yao and Stephen Morgan, “On the New Economic Policies Promoted by the 17th CCP Congress in China”, World Economy 31 (9), 2008, pp. 1129-1153.
(doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9701.2008.01123.x)

Stephen Morgan and Shiyung Liu, “Was Japanese Colonialism Good for the Welfare of the Taiwanese? Stature and the Standard of Living”, The China Quarterly, 192, 2007, pp. 990-1017. (doi:10.1017/S0305741007002135)

Stephen L. Morgan, “Australian Immigration Archives as Sources for Business and Economic History”, Australian Economic History Review, 46 (3), 2006, pp. 268-82. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2006.00181.x)

Stephen L. Morgan, “Transfer of Taylorism to China, 1910s-1930s”. Journal of Management History, 12 (4) 2006, pp. 408-24. (doi: 10.1108/17511340610692761)

Stephen L. Morgan, “Economic Growth and the Biological Standard of Living in China, 1880-1930”, Economics and Human Biology, 2 (2) 2004, pp. 197-218. (doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2004.03.002)

Stephen L. Morgan, “Personnel Discipline and Industrial Relations on the Railways of Republican China”, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 47 (1) 2001, pp. 24-38.  (10.1111/1467-8497.00217)

Stephen L. Morgan, “Richer and Taller – Stature and the Standard of Living in China, 1979-1995”, The China Journal, 44, 2000, pp. 1-39.