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Dr Sam Beatson

Teaching Fellow in Chinese Business and Corporate Governance



Office: Room 340N, Norfolk Building, Strand Campus

Office hours: Wednesday 2.30 to 3.30, by appointment only.


Dr Sam Beatson studied for his PhD under the economics and finance Professors of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies (SCCS) at the University of Nottingham. He works with big datasets and empirical modelling in the financial markets and health fields and convenes two modules at the Lau China Institute, including Chinese business and corporate governance in a global context. Sam has been a visiting scholar to the University of Hong Kong School of Business, Faculty of Business & Economics in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 where he carried out field work with practitioners of private equity, hedge fund and mutual fund investments and financial and corporate governance consulting. He is an alumnus of St John's College, University of Hong Kong and was a guest lecturer to Sun Yat Sen Medical University in mainland China in April, 2016. Dr Beatson received his MSc in Chinese language, business and international relations from the University of Sheffield School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) in 2007. He has previously run his own financial markets analytics and personal development businesses and has been a senior consulting economist for the NHS Executive, Department of Health and Marine Management Organisation in national resource allocation, statistical software training and economic planning projects, respectively. Sam is the chairman of the Smart Societies Institute and a Director in two companies. He is also the Civilian Committee Chairman of RAF Air Cadet Squadron 367.


Selected publications and conferences

Beatson, S. 2016. Mainland firms can exploits HK's advantages for overseas acquisitions. China Daily Asia edition. [Available online here

Brown, K., and Beatson, S. (2016) The European Union and China: The Need for a More Politicised Relationship. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, doi: 10.1002/app5.152.

Chaplin, M, Beatson, , Lau, Y-S, Tatarek-Gintowt, R Smyth, C, Weir, R, Davies, C, Burrows,  J, 2016, Refreshing the Formulae for CCG Allocations - For allocations to Clinical Commissioning Groups from 2016-17. Report on the Methods and Modelling. NHS England.

Foreign Investors in the Chinese Stock Market. Doctoral Thesis. University of Nottingham.

Beatson, S. Foreign Investment, Corporate Governance and Performance in the Chinese Listed Companies”, 2014. China Policy Institute Working Paper Series

Brown Bag Seminar 22 May, 2014 ‘The Grounded Approach To Qualitative Interviewing: From Zero Knowledge To Saturation’ – University of Nottingham School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

Beatson, S.  ‘Foreign Investors, Corporate Governance and Performance in the Chinese Listed A Share Companies’ – at the  China: 35 Years After Transition Conference, London Metropolitan University – 8-9 May, 2014

Beatson, S. ‘Determinants of QFII Investors in top Chinese shareholdings’ – at the Institutions and Development The China Miracle and the Post-Crisis World Economy conference, University of Gothenburg – 1-2 September 2014

Foreign Investors in the Chinese ‘A’ Shares – September, 2014 – China Policy Institute blog

Apple Inc. & China’s Role In The Next Great Investment Boom - March 2012 – China Policy Institute blog

Bull Run in China’s Equity Markets: Some reflections - January 2013 – China Policy Institute blog

Sutherland, D, Lutao, N, Beatson, S, 2011, 'Productivity performance in Chinese business groups: the positive and negative impacts of business group affiliation'; Journal of Chinese Business and Economic Studies, 9, 2: 163-180

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