Zhibo Qiu

Research Affiliate

  • Zhibo.Qiu.DPHIL2017@said.oxford.edu

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Zhibo is a Research Affiliate at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a Research Associate at the Lau China Institute, King’s College London.

She lectures and conducts research on Chinese international investments, with a focus on business-government relations.

Zhibo holds a D.Phil. in Management from Saïd Business School. She studied under the joint supervision of Professor Eric Thun and Professor Mari Sako. She is a continuing member of Green Templeton College.

Zhibo returned to academia after having spent several years working for the private and public sectors, including the British Embassy in Beijing, a government relations consulting firm, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Before these professional experiences, she holds an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in international politics from Peking University in China and Waseda University in Japan. She also studied and researched at George Washington University, Tsinghua University, and the University of Hong Kong. 


  • Business-government relations
  • Corporate political strategy
  • Chinese international investments
  • Chinese political economy
  • Leadership and strategic decision-making


Zhibo’s current research focuses on Chinese multinational enterprises’ (MNEs) strategic responses to the political challenge of host countries’ national security concerns. She has conducted in-depth fieldwork to investigate Chinese MNEs’ political capabilities in overseas markets. Her research also covers China’s industrial policy and US-China relations. In recent years, she has developed a research interest in adopting the lens of psychology to examine business-government relations, particularly in leadership styles and strategic decision-making models.

Zhibo has published her articles in Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, and China Brief. She offers timely and practice-oriented consultation on policy and industry trends for business leaders and policymakers. 


Zhibo is experienced in teaching undergraduate tutorials and postgraduate lectures and seminars. She also has teaching experience with MBA students, EMBA students, and managers in Oxford’s executive programmes.

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