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Phone Number: +44 (0) 121 204 3607
Email: z.cao1@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW906 (South Wing)

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Biography

Chris is Lecturer in Economics at Aston Business School. He joined the school in September 2018. Prior to that, he worked at the University of Surrey and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

Chris' primary research interest is in the economics of tourism, with a focus on tourism demand analysis. He is well versed in macroeconometric methods (including vector autoregression and time series models). His research explores human mobility from various angles, such as the economic, political and geographical factors underlying cross-border travel patterns. A key topic of his research is modelling global interdependence and the synchronisation of tourism demand cycles, in order to draw out implications for business strategy. 

Chris has published articles in top-tier journals, including Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. He is also an experienced reviewer, serving more than 15 leading journals in tourism, economics and management. 

Apart from academic research, Chris has undertaken a number of externally funded projects for policymakers at, for example, the European Commission (EC), on economic impact assessment.

On the education side, Chris has previously served on review panels for Pearson Education and Cengage Learning, reviewing popular textbooks in economics, finance and statistics, and has contributed case studies to textbooks. 

Research Interests

Tourism economics
Tourism demand forecasting
Applied macroeconometrics
Globalisation
Economic development
Business dynamism

Teaching Activity

Current
BS3326 Further Topics in Macroeconomics
BSK497 The Global Economic Environment
BSM947 Macroeconomics

Past
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Business Economics

Qualifications

PhD in Tourism Economics, University of Surrey
MSc in Economics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEcon in Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Employment

09/2018 - present: Lecturer, Aston Business School, Aston University
11/2015 - 09/2018: Research Fellow, University of Surrey
09/2009 - 11/2011: Research Assistant, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member, International Association of Tourism Economics (IATE)
Member, American Economic Association (AEA)
Member, Royal Economic Society (RES)
Member, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS)

Professional/editorial offices

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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