Research activity per year

Personal profile


Professor Chunlai Chen is an applied economist in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. He holds a BSc. from Beijing Forestry University (China), MPA from Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University (USA), and PhD from the University of Adelaide (Australia).

 He is an expert in foreign direct investment, international trade, agricultural economics, and rural development with an emphasis on China’s economy.

Before moving to Australia, Professor Chen worked in Rural Development Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences for more than ten years. He provided systematic and comprehensive studies on foreign direct investment and its impact on China’s economy. He has also conducted extensive research on China’s agricultural production, marketing, trade policy and liberalisation, and rural development.

He is leading a research project funded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research on rural regional transformation in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Pakistan, which will have important policy impacts on rural development in Asian developing economies.

Professor Chen has two single-authored books: Foreign Direct Investment in China: Location Determinants, Investor Differences and Economic Impacts (Edward Elgar 2011), and Foreign Direct Investment and the Chinese Economy: A Critical Assessment (Edward Elgar 2017).


Research interests

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • International Trade and the WTO
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Chinese Economy

Researcher's projects

  • Impact of WTO and regional integration on China’s agriculture
  • Foreign direct investment and its impact on China’s economy


Bs. (Beijing Forestry University), MPA (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University), PhD (Adelaide University)

Expertise Areas

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Economic Development and Growth
  • Environment and Resource Economics
  • International Economics and International Finance
  • Heterodox Economics
  • Finance
  • International Relations


Dive into the research topics where Chunlai Chen is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Network (past 5 years)

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or