Professor Jingjing Xu

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  • Qualifications:PhD; MSc; B.Econ; PGCert
  • Position:Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law
  • Telephone:+4411732 81216

About me

I am Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England (UWE). Before joining UWE, I was Head of Plymouth Business School at the University of Plymouth.

I joined the University of Plymouth in 2007 as Lecturer in Maritime Law and Economics, which was my first academic job after working as a government official in China for several years and then pursuing further studies in Sweden and the UK. I was then promoted to Senior Lecturer and Reader and became Professor in 2012. I led a maritime research centre for a few years and then took on the role of Associate Dean for Research at the Faculty of Business in 2014.

In 2015, I established the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER), a University-wide research institute to promote and facilitate inter-disciplinary research. In July 2017, when three previously existing schools in the University of Plymouth were merged to form one of the biggest entities in the University – the new Plymouth Business School – I was appointed as Interim Head of School to oversee the setting up and development of the new School. I was then appointed as Head of School at the end of 2017 and since then, the School has made some significant improvements, such as improved ranking positions for nearly all of the subject areas in the School in the Complete University Guide, and subject areas being in the 1st position nationally for overall student satisfaction in NSS.

Academically, I am Professor of Maritime Law and Economics. I have over 100 publications in the marine and maritime domain and I have won and led numerous national and international research grants. I sit on a number of national and international panels and committees and I am an elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. My publications inform the curriculum in my field and I am also an Adjunct or Visiting Professor at renowned universities in China, Sweden and Australia.


My external positions include

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia
  • Visiting Professor, World Maritime University. Malmo, Sweden
  • Visiting Professor, Lund University. Lund, Sweden
  • Visiting Professor, Shanghai Maritime University. Shanghai, China
  • Visiting Professor, Canvard College, Beijing Technology and Business University
  • Member, ESRC GCRF Peer Review Group, Oct 2016 -
  • Member of the Research Steering Committee, the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) (2014-2018)
  • Reviewer, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2015 - equivalent to REF2014), invited by Australia Research Council, Australia
  • Member of the Quality Assurance Counselling Panel, Ministry of Education, China
  • Rapporteur for the UK Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) projects evaluation.
  • Member of the Social Science Panel, British Council Newton Fund
  • Member of the International Panel on Underwater Robotics.
  • Member, External Evaluation Committee, Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Cyprus
  • External Examiner, Singapore Maritime Academy (since 2018)

Area of expertise

Maritime law and policy; maritime business and logistics; shipping and port management

Selected Research Projects/Grants -

  • EU North Sea Interreg "CONNECTing North Sea Region's TEN-T nodes – Support intermodality growth in the North Sea Region through smart efficiency enhancements", total: €3.284 Million, UoP €135.840 (2019-2022) (PI)
  • British Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China; Researcher Links Workshop Grant. "Strategy and Policy Innovation in Supply Chain Management under Environmental Pressure", £21,600 + CNY150,000 (2018-2019) (PI) 
  • "Underpinning gender normative narratives of masculinity: seafarers' life-styles and their mental health"; Plymouth FoB Research Facilitation Grant, £2000 (2017-2018) (PI)
  • "Maritime Cyber Security: A Review of the Legal Regime", Plymouth FoB Research Facilitation Grant, £2000 (2015 -2016) (PI)
  • EU Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme "Hybrid Freight Sailing: Sustainable Approaches and Innovative Liaisons (SAIL)", total €3,943,190; UoP total €98,626 (2012 – 2015) (PI)
  • EU FP7 project "Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS)", total €16.949 million, UoP total €127,852.80 (2011- 2015) (Co-PI)
  • EU FP7 Project "Modernisation of Vessels for Inland waterway freight Transport (MoVe IT!)", total €3.962 million, UoP total €104,155 (2011 -2014) (PI) 
  • EU INTERREG programme France (Channel) - England, "Marine Energy in Far Peripheral & Island Communities (MERIFIC)", total €4.941 million, UoP total €693,298 (2011 -2014) (Lead of UoP contribution)
  • EU Intelligent Energy Europe Programme IEE, "Streamlining of offshore Wave Farms Impact Assessment (SOWFIA)", total €1.9 million, UoP total €437,359 (2010– 2013) (Coordinating PI)
  • "Undergraduate Background as a Critical Factor in the Learning Capacity and Skills of Chinese Master's Degree Students" £4600, (2011 – 2012) (PI).
  • UoP Teaching Fellowship Award, "When Distances Meets with Foreign Learning Cultures", £5000,  (2010– 2012) (PI).
  • UoP Research and Enterprise Grant, "The Criminalisation of Seafarers– Policy and Impacts", £2500 (2010 – 2011) (PI)
  • Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund, "Developing research and enterprise skills in international maritime students", £9600  (2009 – 2010) (PI)
  • South-West Development Agency, "Socio-economic factors of the Cornish Wave Hub, £291,175 (2007– 2011), Coordinating PI and Cluster Facilitator.
  • PRIMaRE, "The legal regimes in relation to the establishment and operation of wave energy generation devices", £60,000 (2007 – 2011) (PI)

Expert Advisor for -

  • (2016-2017) "Leveraging Maritime Wideband Communication Networks to  Ensure The Safety of Navigation Towards E-Navigation Strategy", USD60,000 (Led by Dalian Maritime University, China & University of Florida, USA. IAMU Research Fund )
  • (2015-2018) EU STM Project, invited by the Swedish Maritime Administration. €21million
  • (2013-2015) EU MONALISA 2.0 project, invited by the Swedish Maritime Administration. €24.3 million,  for further developing the concept of Sea Traffic Management as a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport.


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