Xian Wan

Thesis title: The Fate of the Chinese Compradors in the 20th Century


I completed my undergraduate degree in International Business English at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics & University of Central Lanchashire (Joint Program) in 2013. I have had five years' work experience in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Johannesburg, and obtained two Master's degrees in the UK before I came to the University of Edinburgh to begin my PhD in 2021. 


2019.9-2020.9: Master’s degree in International Business (Queen’s University Belfast)

Dissertation topic: CEO General Managerial Skills and Labor Investment Efficiency

2016.9-2017.9: Master’s degree in Translation & Interpreting Studies (University of Manchester)

Dissertation topic: Applying Narrative Theory to Political Fiction in China in the Late Qing Dynasty with Specific Reference to Liang Qichao’s Translation into Chinese of the Japanese Political Novel Kajin no kigu (Romantic Encounters with Two Fair Ladies)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Member, Economic History Society

Current research interests

business and economic history, Sino-British and Sino-Japanese business relations, late 19th and early 20th century China, international business history