A photo of Jiaxin Li

Postgraduate Research Student

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology



Jiaxin Li obtained her bachelor's degree at Northeast Forestry University (Project 211) and studied at Waseda University in Tokyo for one year during her undergraduate study. Jiaxin has participated in a research project in Mauritius. Later, she obtained a master's degree in project management (Merit) at the University of Liverpool. She became a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Law and Social Justice (UoL) /Academy of Future Education (XJTLU) in 2020.


Jiaxin Li’s academic research interests include academic middle managers, network organisation, organisational behaviour and institutional complexity in the knowledge intensity organisation. Her doctoral study aims to explore the organisational transformation from hierarchical organisation to network organisation through the lens of middle managers’ response to institutional complexity.

Thesis title

‘Role of Middle Managers in Network Organisations: A Case Study in the Higher Education Context.’



  • Postgraduate Symposium Best Oral Presentation Award, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2022
  • Postgraduate Symposium Excellent Poster Award, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2021


  • Li, J., & Zhang, X. (2023, March 27-30). Unpacking the Impact of Network Organization on Knowledge Creation: A Case Study in the Sino-foreign University [Conference presentation]. The 9th Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID), Tokyo, Japan.
  • Li, J., & Bai, T. (2020). How the business ecosystem affects corporate upgrades? Case study of J&J Suzhou. XIPU Institution Reports, 29.