Qian Li

Qian Li

Postdoctoral Researcher

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Qian's research interests focus on the empirical links between ESG risks and firm financial performance, and aspects of responsible investment. Interdisciplinary in nature, her work spans corporate finance, strategic management, environmental economics and business ethics.

Qian Li is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Mutuality in Business project. Her research background includes business ethics, sustainability issues, and responsible investment. She is particularly interested in exploring new, innovative paths that connect social and environmental issues with aspects of financial performance and economic activity.

Qian’s current work on the Mutuality in Business project focuses on natural capital accounting, development of economics of mutuality (EoM) metrics based on multiple forms of capital and empirical applications of conceptual issues. Other areas of research include randomised controlled trial (RCT) in microfinance and ownership in pension funds and sovereign funds. She will also be the Oxford research lead on a business pilot in China.

Qian has a multidisciplinary background. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in law and economics, respectively from Huazhong Normal University and Wuhan University in China, and a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She holds a PhD in Business Ethics and Asset Management from ICMA Centre, University of Reading.