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Dr Wenying Fu

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Sciences

I have received my doctoral degree from the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography at the Leibniz University of Hannover, and my doctoral study was supported by the DFG priority program (Schwerpunktprogramms) “Megacities-Megachallenge. Informal Dynamics of Global Change”. I have been Associate Professor in Human Geography at the South China Normal University in Guangdong, and have been appointed as Senior Lecturer at Northumbria since 2018. My areas of expertise include knowledge-based regional development, governance of knowledge transfer, and regional entrepreneurship. I single-authored a book published by Springer, Towards a dynamic regional innovation system: Investigation into the electronics industry in the Pearl River Delta. My research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Economic Surveys, Annals of Regional Science, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, German Journal of Economic Geography, Asian Journal of Technology Innovation. The previous publications have examined the organization of firm innovation activities and the interaction between firms and place-based institutional environment in transition economies. In particular, I focus on the informal ways of doing business, the coupling and networking strategies with local governments, and the divergent paths of evolution of regional innovation governance.

My recent research projects have been supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Regional Studies Association Early Career Grant. The RSA grant explores the rationale behind the genesis of private-led park governance in China, and have collected archival and qualitative data in the Sino-German Eco-city in a Chinese peripheral city, Jieyang, about the local agency practiced in private-led park organization. A more recent project is supported by the NSFC, investigating the emergence and development of regional technology-based entrepreneurship in China by exploring the China national authorized hi-tech firm data, China NASDAQ-style GEB firm data, Regional entrepreneurial ecosystem database. The NSFC involves collaborators at the University of Iowa (Dr. Haifeng Qian), and the University of Greifswald (Prof. Dr. Daniel Schiller).

Based on my previous knowledge on the electronics industry in China, I intend to unravel the electronics waste (re-use) value chains in Guangdong, China. I look to opportunities to collaborate, and if you are interested in these topics, please contact me for further discussion.

Campus Address

Ellison B223
City Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Constitutive Role of State Structures in Strategic Coupling: On the Formation and Evolution of Sino-German Production Networks in Jieyang, China, Fu, W., Lim, K. 26 Aug 2021, In: Economic Geography
  • Spatial mobility and opportunity-driven entrepreneurship: The evidence from China labor-force dynamics survey, Fu, W. 1 Oct 2020, In: The Journal of Technology Transfer
  • Determinants of Networking Practices in the Chinese Transition Context: Empirical Insights from the Pearl River Delta, Fu, W., Revilla Diez, J., Schiller, D. 1 Mar 2017, In: Tijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
  • Industrial clusters as hothouses for nascent entrepreneurs? The case of Tianhe Software Park in Guangzhou, China, Fu, W. 1 Jul 2016, In: Annals of Regional Science
  • Spatial processes of regional innovation in Guangdong Province, China: empirical evidence using a spatial panel data model, Li, T., Fu, W. 2 Sep 2015, In: Asian Journal of Technology Innovation
  • Towards a dynamic regional innovation system: Investigation into the electronics industry in the Pearl river Delta, China, Fu, W. 1 Jan 2015
  • Agile firm organisation and upgrading in the Greater Pearl River Delta, Liu, W., Bickenbach, F., Fu, W., Hartmann, P., Meyer, S., Ohm, S., Hennemann, S., Schiller, D., Kraas, F., Liefner, I., Revilla Diez, J., Soltwedel, R. 2014, Megacities - Our Global Urban Future, Dordrecht, Springer
  • A new growth model for the coastal region in China? The case of the electronics cluster in the Pearl River Delta, Fu, W., Revilla Diez, J., Schiller, D. 27 Nov 2014, Sustainable Recovery, Rebalancing, Growth, and the Space Economy, London, Regional Studies Association
  • Interactive learning, informal networks and innovation: Evidence from electronics firm survey in the Pearl River Delta, China, Fu, W., Revilla Diez, J., Schiller, D. 1 Apr 2013, In: Research Policy
  • Regional innovation systems within a transitional context: Evolutionary comparison of the electronics industry in Shenzhen and Dongguan since the opening of China, Fu, W., Revilla Diez, J., Schiller, D. 1 Jul 2012, In: Journal of Economic Surveys


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