Jiawei (Steven) Hai

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Dr. Jiawei (Steven) Hai is an assistant professor in tech innovation & digital entrepreneurship at Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Hub, Entrepreneur College, XJTLU. 

His research sheds light on the political economy of emerging tech innovations (AI, blockchain, cloud computing, IoT, etc.), digital entrepreneurship, and inclusive & sustainable development in China and global techno-developmental states. 

Steven's work has appeared in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Global Policy Journal, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Conversation, and LSE IDEAS, among others.

He received research grants and awards from the Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) by the China in Europe Research Network (CHERN) at the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), the Universities’ China Committee in London (UCCL) by the Great Britain China Centre, and teaching development grants from the University of Hong Kong.

He is an Affiliate Fellow at King's Institute for Artificial Intelligence, King's College London. Previously, he held academic positions at the University of Hong Kong, and was a visiting scholar at the Slovenian Migration Institute (SMI), the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2022), and the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER), New York University Shanghai (2021). 

Steven obtained his PhD in Political Science from Lau China Institute, King's College London, focusing on the political economy of China's local-global AI and blockchain industrial innovation. He studied at the School of Global Policy & Strategy, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for an MA in International Political Economy. He read International Politics for his BA at the University of International Relations, Beijing (UIR). 

​He is the co-founder and policy director of Fatdoods NFT, an inclusive blockchain ecocommunity.

Research interests

  • Emerging Tech Innovations & Digital Entrepreneurship:

AI, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, IoT, Semiconductor, etc. 

  • Inclusive and Sustainable Development:

China, the Global South, and Global Techno Developmental States


Assistant Professor, EEH, Entrepreneur College, XJTLU, 2024 - Present

Guest Lecturer, King's Business School & School of Global Affairs, King's College London, 2019 - 2023

Tutor & Research Assistant, Department of Politics & Public Administrations, The University of Hong Kong, 2017-2018

Awards and honours

Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM), China in Europe Research Network (CHERN), European Cooperation in Science and Technology, 2022

Research Grant & Annual Honorary Research Report, The Universities’ China Committee in London (UCCL), Great Britain China Centre, 2020-2021

Teaching Development Grant, The University of Hong Kong, 2017

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Political Science, King's College London


Master, International Political Economy, University of California at San Diego


Bachelor, International Politics, University of International Relations


External positions

Affiliate Fellow, King's Institute for Artificial Intelligence, King's College London

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