Li Ran is Senior Lecturer at Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya. She is also an instructor at East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Malaya. She obtained her doctoral degree in Economics from University of Malaya in 2014. Her thesis was entitled “The Nature and Functioning of China’s State Enterprises”.
She has been studying the Chinese state and state enterprises, and other research areas like development economics, urban economics and Chinese outward investment. Her specialization is in the transformation of China’s state enterprises, state enterprise system and China’s political-economic system, and her current areas of research include China’s global strategy and China-Malaysia economic relations.
Her previous writings have appeared in a number of international journals such as China: An International Journal, Engineering Economics, Cities, International Journal of China Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Cold War History and Sustainability. Moreover, her doctoral thesis was published as a book “China’s state enterprises: Changing role in a rapidly transforming economy” by a reputable publisher Palgrave Macmillan. She also wrote for Sin Chew Daily as a column author regularly.