Chinese and global financial integration

Project summary

Traditionally, global financial markets were thought to be segmented owing to factors like regulatory barriers, taxes and information constraints. The increasing process of economic globalisation and financial liberalisation makes international financial markets more interconnected than ever before. Many have argued that openness in financial markets can increase international financial linkage and raise the depth of stock markets. However, there also exists a debate in its costs and benefits of financial market openness.

An exchange tie-up, i.e. Stock Connect integrating China with international developed markets, can become the new normal in future global financial integration. This pioneering project, funded by the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, offers new evidence and distinctive insights to the implementation and impacts of Stock Connect between China and the global markets. It covers a broad range of the topics in this cross-boundary investment channel, including investor protection, regulations of listing companies, regulatory cooperation and enforcement, as well as the challenges and future of financial market integration. 

Entry requirements

For our PhD programmes, we normally expect you to have a First or Upper-Second (2:1) honours degree and preferably a masters degree from a UK university or qualifications that we consider to be equivalent.

International students may also need to meet our English language requirements. Find out more about our entry requirements for international students.

Project specific requirements must align with the University’s standard requirements

How to apply

Please contact Professor Flora Huang ( the first instance.

The University has four starting points each year for MPhil/PhD programmes (September, January, March and June). Applications should be made at least three months before you would want to start your programme. Please note that if you require a visa additional time will be required.


Self-funded by student. There is a range of options that may be available to you to help you fund your PhD.


Flora -facing forwards
Professor of Law and Business

As a Professor of Law and Business, Flora Huang focuses her research on corporate and financial law, international trade law, arbitration, Chinese law as well as law and sustainable development. She is currently serving as the EU Chairperson for Arbitrations and the Trade-and-Sustainable-Development Expert Panel Proceedings at the European Commission.