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I enjoy taking a problem-focused and user-centred approach to explore, understand and discuss various societal phenomena and matters. My earlier research was very much focused on the B2B domain, where I investigate cross-cultural business relationships, with a particular focus on understanding how cultural-specific factors affect international business relationships and collaborations. My research findings help Western and Chinese firms reduce conflict, increase trust and better their relationship performance. 

My interest in understanding how culture affects human behaviour and interactions did not stop in the B2B field but also moved onto the B2C field over the past decade. I discuss consumer acculturation and sojourners, migrants as well as tourists’ consumption of food and social media, in relation to their cultural identities and their relationships with the host society.

Ready to support colleagues on various projects and collaborate across different disciplines means that my publications are wide-ranging, tapping into areas from marketing, management, green supply chain, communications, to the more discipline-specific journals in food and health.  Over the years, I developed a strong will to support responsible consumption and the value of equality, diversity and inclusion, with a particular focus on: 1) educating children about food waste; 2) Creating an age-friendly society; 3) preventing migrants from becoming marginalised citizens.

Research Interests

I'm interested in the following topics:

  • Older adults as ageing consumers, healthy ageing practices and wellbeing
  • Educating children as agentic consumers to reduce food waste
  • Migrants as ethnic consumers, their identity, acculturation and their role in the host societies. 

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Research Projects

Project details

My recent research projects are listed below. If you are interested in knowing more about these, please email me for more information.

  • Trust and Covid policy compliance (funded by ESRC) 
  • COVID-19 and the reservoir of trust: public health, public opinion and policy outcomes
  • Voices of the invisible migrant cleaners for COVID recovery: Heroes, threats or victims
  • Covid’s impact on Taiwanese migrants living in the UK
  • Chinese manufacturers' green customer cooperation
  • The spill-over effect of food waste education, from children to adults, from school to home
  • Ageing consumers' adoption of healthy ageing practices
  • Tiger parenting? Parenting styles and characteristics
  • Food waste reduction campaign, designed by children for children
  • Sustainable food consumption, designed by children for children
  • A comparative study of business relationships between UK suppliers and buyers from China and India