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Francesco Macheda

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Francesco Macheda is an Associate Professor of Political Economy in the Department of International Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Before joining XJTLU in 2022, Dr. Macheda worked as an Associate Professor at Bifröst University, Iceland. During his ‘Nordic years’, Francesco has been regularly invited by the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Florence (Italy) to teach modules and provide seminars in the fields of macroeconomics and development economics. At the same time, Dr. Macheda served as representative for Iceland at the European Cooperation in Field of Scientific and Technical Research COST-action 18215 ‘China in Europe Research Network’. Dr. Macheda’s interest and knowledge of the economic and political relations between China and already developed countries were empowered by his research conducted as Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of World Politics and Economics (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) funded by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in 2019. Prior to that, Dr. Macheda had also the opportunity to supplement his theoretical knowledge with field experience gained at the International Labour Organization, researching pension systems, industrial relations, and labor migration in Southeast Asian Countries.Dr. Macheda’s fields of expertise are economic growth and development, structural change, and economic policy. His publications include articles in the Review of Radical Political Economics, Capital Class, Forum for Social Economics, Review of Industrial Economics and Policy, Review of African Political Economy, International Critical Thought, Journal of Labor and Society, and others. Francesco’s current research interest focuses on the role of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and public policies in improving systemic competitiveness – with China serving as a reference point. Students who are interested in researching the aforementioned areas are welcome to contact Dr. Macheda.

Research interests

State Owned Enterprises in China

Industrial Policies and Asian Countries


2022 - ongoing: Programme Director of the Masters Programme in International Business and Global Affairs (IBGA), Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Peoples Republic of China.

2022 - ongoing: Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, People’s Republic of China.

2019-2022: Associate Professor (tenure track position), Department of Social Sciences, Bifröst University, Iceland.

2021. Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy.

2019. Visiting Fellow at the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), People’s Republic of China.

2016-2019: Assistant Professor (tenure track position), Department of Social Sciences, Bifröst University, Iceland.

2017. Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy.

2014-2016: Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Bifröst University, Iceland.

2014-2015: Researcher, International Labour Office, United Nations, Bangkok, Thailand.

2012. Visiting Ph.D student, Department of Political Science, York University, Canada.

2010-2011. Research assistant, Faculty of Economics, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy.

2009-2010. Research assistant, Department of Economics and Management, University of Brescia, Italy.


INS310 Finding Solutions: Development Theory and Practice (BA)

INS402 Global Transformations and Crises (MA), (co-teaching with Dr. Robert Pauls)

Finding Solutions: Development Theory and Practice - Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Global Transformations and Crises - Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Economic Growth and Development - Bifröst University, Iceland.

Macroeconomics (co-teaching) - University of Florence, Italy.

Game Theory - Bifröst University, Iceland.

Institutional Economics - Bifröst University, Iceland.

International Political Economy - Bifröst University, Iceland.

Philosophy of Economics - Bifröst University, Iceland.

Awards and honours

2023 Distinguished Achievement Award of Politicial Economy of 21st Century granted by the World Association for Political Economy

China Studies Program-Understanding China Fellow at the Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC), 2019 - ongoing.

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Associate Professorship assigned in accordance with the criteria established by the Evaluation System for Public Universities in Iceland and the Regulation on the promotion and permanent appointment of academic staff at the University of Iceland, no. 263/2010.

Ph.D in Analysis of Socio-Economic Transformations, Faculty of Economics, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy - 2013.

MA in Labor Studies, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy - 2008.

Person Types

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