Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor and the Associate Director for Enterprise, Engagement and External Relations of Norwich Business School and a Lecturer in Operations Management and director of China Management Research Institute in Queen's University, Belfast. His research focuses on sustainable manufacturing and supply chain strategies, in the international environment. He is a company director of ADAPT Commercial Ltd, which is managing 50 million GBP Venture Capital fund(Low Carbon Innovation Fund),
to invest in technology companies. He has recently forged a 100 million Venture Capital fund for the company and Chinese partner to support the start up companies between China and the UK.
He is advising the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in the UK about innovation collaboration with China, via his role as a core member of the China UK Innovation Expert Group run by the UK department of Business, Innovation and Skills. In China he was appointed to be a member of the International Affairs Committee, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Chongqing(Chinese provincial parliament). He delivered keynote speeches in national events organized by Department of BIS, British Council, China Britain Business Council, China Ministry for Science and Technology etc.
His researches have been published in international leading/excellence level journals in his research areas, including European Journal of Operational Research(ABS 4*), International Journal of Production Research(ABS 3*), International Journal of Production Economics(ABS 3*), Journal of Operational Research Society(ABS 3*), etc. As principal investigator, He is constantly getting funding from national funding bodies including the British Academy, British Council, Technology Strategy Board, etc.
He is an active member of many academic networks. He is the founder/Chair/co-Chair of the following well known activities: China Innovation and Development Association, the China UK Entrepreneurship Competition, and the International Forum on Innovation Oriented Economics. He is also a Chartered Engineer in the UK. Because of his academic contribution to the link between China and UK, he was invited by the London Olympic Organising Committee to be one of only two Chinese academics in the world as Olympic Torch Bearer 2012. He is a visiting Professor and Director of the Institute of Science and Technology Innovation Policy of Zhejiang University(3rd in China, QS World University Rank: 144, ARWU Rank: 151-200), and visiting Professor of Chongqing University(28th in Chinese Ranking), and Central South University(15th in Chinese Ranking) in China.