Dr Meng Song


Meng Song is a Lecturer in International Business (IB) at Leeds University Business School.

Prior to joining Leeds, she was a lecturer in Economics at Aston Business School. She has also been working at the University of Birmingham and Cardiff University as a Research Fellow after PhD graduation.

In 2022, Meng obtained a £20,000 research grant from Aston RKE Pump Priming Fund for a project on the impact of Brexit on firm exporting and productivity in the UK, and another £20,000 from AHRC-funded Policy and Evidence Centre for a project on firm resilience during Covid in the UK.

Research interests

Her research activities address the nexus between innovation, economic performance and internationalisation. Her research explores the role of interactions between firm characteristics and regional features in driving firms’ innovation, productivity and internationalisation. Her most recent research focuses on green innovation and knowledge spillovers from green innovation. She is also interested in research focusing on the economic development and internationalisation of SMEs.

She has extensive experience using and linking large datasets, including Orbis data and ONS survey data. She specialises in panel data analysis using linear and non-linear modelling techniques with endogenous explanatory variables. She is familiar with continuous and count-dependent variables modelling for panel data, as well as policy/programme evaluation methods (e.g. instrumental variables approach, difference-in-difference, propensity score matching, staggered modelling).


  • PhD in Management, Aston University
  • MSc in International Business, Aston University
  • BA in Economics of International Business, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, P. R.

Student education

Seminar leader for LUBS5918M Management of Global Value Chains and Multinational Enterprises.

Seminar leader for LUBS5233M Debates and Controversies in International Business.