Qiantao Zhang

Qiantao Zhang

Lecturer in Urban Economics, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University




1 Devonshire Place, Room 203N


Dr. Zhang received his B.Eng from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Industrial Engineering (2006), his M.M from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Management (2009), and his Ph.D from Cardiff University in Economic Geography (2016). Dr. Zhang’s main research interests include academic entrepreneurship, economic geography, innovation, and regional development. Prior to joining the IPL in January 2017, he worked as an Irish Research Council (IRC) Postdoc Research Fellow at Trinity Business School of Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Zhang has published peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals such as Small Business Economics, Studies in Higher Education, Science and Public Policy, and Higher Education Policy. Currently, he is working on the Entrepreneurship Hub project which examines the entrepreneurial activities within the University of Toronto, and the Alumni Impact project which analyzes the economic, innovation, and social impact of University of Toronto’s alumni.

Selected Publications

Zhang, Q., Larkin, C. and Lucey, B.M. 2017. “An empirical study of the innovative culture in Ireland’s higher education institutions.” Higher Education Policy. 30 (4): 533-553.

Zhang, Q., Larkin, C. and Lucey, B.M. 2017. “Universities, knowledge exchange, and policy: A comparative study of Ireland and the United Kingdom.” Science and Public Policy. 44 (2): 174-185.

Zhang, Q., Larkin, C. and Lucey, B.M. 2017. “The economic impact of higher education institutions in Ireland: Evidence from disaggregated input output tables.” Studies in Higher Education. 42 (9): 1601-1623.

Zhang, Q., MacKenzie, N.G., Jones-Evans, D. and Huggins, R. 2016. “Leveraging knowledge as a competitive asset? The intensity, performance and structure of universities’ entrepreneurial knowledge exchange activities at a regional level.” Small Business Economics. 47 (3): 657-675.

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