Dr. Cong Cao (Ph.D. in Sociology, Columbia University) is Professor at Nottingham University Business School China, University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Educated in both China and the U.S. and in both the natural and social sciences, he has worked at the University of Oregon, the National University of Singapore, the State University of New York, and the University of Nottingham.
As one of the prolific scholars in the social studies of science, technology, and innovation in China, Dr. Cao is the author of China’s Scientific Elite (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, hardcover 2004; paperback, 2012), a study of those Chinese scientists holding the elite membership in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and China’s Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent (with Denis Fred Simon, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, hardcover and paperback 2009), the first in forty years to address these critical issues surrounding the quality, quantity, and effective utilization of China's human resources in science and technology.
He has two books forthcoming – Genetically Modified China (under contract with Columbia University Press), and Innovation and China’s Evolving Role in the Global Science and Technology System (with Richard Appelbaum, Rachel Parker, and Denis Fred Simon, under contract with Polity).
His research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, European Union, the National Science Foundation of China, China National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Sciences, IBM, and other organizations.