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Stephen Morgan

Professor of Chinese Economic History, Associate Provost , UNNC

Stephan Morgan 

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Room 407-2, Administration Building (Trent Building)   
199 Taikang East Road Ningbo 315100 China

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Stephen Morgan is Associate Provost at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and Professor of Chinese Economic History at the University of Nottingham. His research is mostly focused on Chinese economic and business history, along with an interest in contemporary economic development, international business and strategic management.

Professor Morgan took up the post of Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at UNNC in April 2013. He joined the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Nottingham as an associate professor in September 2007, after many years as a senior lecturer in Asian economic history at the University of Melbourne. In 2011 he was promoted to Reader, and in 2012 he was appointed to a Chair.

He has more than 30 years of experience studying and writing about China. In an earlier life, he was a journalist with, among others, the Standard Newspapers 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.

His primary research lies in the fields of economic and business history of 18th-20th Century China, while mostly teaching graduate and undergraduate programmes in international business and strategic management. In 2006, he became the Co-Editor of the Australian Economic History Review, the only English-language 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. 


Teaching and learning


Research Interests

My research interests broadly span business, economic and social development in China since the 18th century. Although I have supervised doctoral research across a wide area in Chinese studies, I would prefer to supervise in Chinese economic and business history or in contemporary Chinese business, including the organisation and management of Chinese firms, international business and strategic management. I am willing to consider proposals from prospective PhD students in these topics.


Selected Publications (since 2000)

Shaoyu Zhao and Stephen L. Morgan, "Business-to-Government Networks in Resource Acquisition: The Case of Chinese Private Enterprises", in Jane Nolan, Chris Rowley and Malcolm Warner (eds), Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms: Enduring Trends, Emerging Patterns (Elsevier, 2016). ISBN 978-0-08-100639-9.

Hailan Yang, Stephen L. Morgan and Ying Wang, eds, The Strategies of Chinese Firms: Resolving Dilemma, (Oxford: Elsevier/Chandos Publishing, 2015). ISBN: 978-0-08-100274-2.

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

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); Corrigendum pp. 1069-1070 (  A pre-print author original version is available from:

MORGAN, S. and SU, F., 2011. Regional inequalities in China: a non-monetary view. In: YAO, S., WU. B., MORGAN, S. and SUTHERLAND, D., eds., Sustainable reform and development in Post-Olympic China Routledge.

YANG, H. and MORGAN, S.L., 2011. Business strategy and corporate governance in the Chinese consumer electronics sector Chandos.

YAO, SHUJIE, DAN, LUO and STEPHEN, MORGAN, 2010. Bank share prices and stock market integration in Greater China, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy. 15(4), 388-95

MORGAN, S.L. and SHANAHAN, M., 2010. The supply of economic history in Australasia: the Australian Economic History Review at 50 Australian Economic History Review. 50(3), 217-239

BATEN, J., MA, D., MORGAN, S. and WANG, Q., 2010. 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), 347-359

YANG, HAILAN and MORGAN, STEPHEN, 2010. Development of China’s State-controlled Firms, the Case of the Consumer Electronics Sector Management Revue. 21(4), 458-479

MORGAN, S.L., 2009. Stature and economic development in South China, 1810–1880 Explorations in Economic History. 46(1), 53-69

YAO, SHUJIE and MORGAN, STEPHEN L., 2008. On the New Economic Policies Promoted by the 17th CCP Congress in China World Economy. 31(9), 1129-39

MERRETT, D., MORGAN, S. and VILLE, S., 2008. Industry associations as facilitators of social capital: the establishment and early operations of the Melbourne Wool Brokers Association Business History. 50(6), 781-794

MORGAN, S.L. and LIU, S., 2007. Was Japanese colonialism good for the welfare of Taiwanese? Stature and the standard of living The China Quarterly. 192, 990-1017

MORGAN, S.L., 2006. Transfer of Taylorist ideas to China, 1910-1930s Journal of Management History. 12(4), 408-424

MORGAN, S.L., 2006. Australian Immigration Archives as Sources for Business and Economic HistoryAustralian Economic History Review. 46(3), 268-282

MORGAN, S. L., 2004. Economic growth and the biological standard of living in China, 1880-1930 Economics & Human Biology. 2(2), 197-218

MORGAN, S. L., 2001. Personnel discipline and industrial relations on the railways of Republican ChinaAustralian Journal of Politics & History. 47(1), 24-38

MORGAN, S.L., 2000. Stature, Nutritional Status and Economic Reform in China. In: LLOYD, P.J. and ZHANG, X., eds., China in the Global Economy Edward Elgar. 282-304

MORGAN, S.L., 2000. Richer and Taller - Stature and the Standard of Living in China, 1979-1995 The China Journal. 1-39