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Postgraduate Research Student 

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology



Eli GAO obtained his bachelor degree at Soochow University. Later, he obtained the master degree majored in management of Liverpool University. He went to Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and became a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Academy of Future Education in June 2021.


Eli GAO's academic research interests include entrepreneurship education, college students' entrepreneurship, college students' development, and scale development. His doctoral study is about the conceptualization and scale development of Chinese college students' entrepreneurial fear of failure.

Thesis title

'Towards conceptualizing and measuring fear of failure in entrepreneurship:a college student perspective'.

Dates of study

PhD Start Date: June 2021

PhD Completion Date: June 2025


Jiajun Liu (XJTLU, China), Bing Chen (XJTLU, China), Kirsty Morrin (UoL). 

Research Summary

This study focuses on the fear of failure in the process of College Students' entrepreneurship, and triying to conceptualize and measure it. This fills the gap of modern entrepreneurship education in higher education and helps college students confront and exploit the mindset.

Academic Experience:

GAO Y., & Liu, J. (2021, September 16-17). The Impact of Leadership on Dynamic Capabilities in Chinese Start-ups, Conference Proceeding, The 16th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2021 (ECIE), Online, DOI: 10.34190/EIE.21.226

Huang hao., Gao Y., & Liu J. (2022, March). Evaluating the Impact of Self-efficacy on Online Learning Outcomes of STEM College Students, Conference Proceeding (In Press), The 8th International Conference on Education (ICEDU).