Cheng Li, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Orient Institute (IO), of the Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), University of Lisbon (ULisboa). He earned his PhD in Development Economics from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), where he also conducted research and taught at the Centre for Trade Union Studies and Labour Economics (CESIT) at the Institute of Economics. As well, he has served as a research fellow at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) at the University of Kassel and the UNI Global Union Asia and Pacific office. In addition, he has also engaged as the course development coordinator and tutor in the Global Labour University Online Academy. Cheng’s research interests are focused on Development Economics, Sociology of Labour, Industrial Relations, Social Policy, and China.

Personal identification

Full name
Cheng Li

Citation names

  • Li, C.

Author identifiers

Ciência ID


  • Rua Almerindo Lessa, 1300663, IO/ISCSP, Lisboa, Portugal (Professional)


  • https://www.uni-kassel.de/forschung/icdd/graduate-school/phd-alumni-network (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Economics and Business - Industrial Relations
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences - Sociology - Sociology


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Chinese (Mother tongue)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
Spanish; Castilian Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1)
Degree Classification
2015/03 - 2020/05
Development Economics (Doctor)
Universidade Estadual da Campinas Instituto de Economia, Brazil
"Rural labour mobility in the process of industrialization in early industrializers: the UK, France, the U.S., and Germany" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
GPA: 3.9


Host institution
2022/11/11 - Current Postdoc (Research) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Portugal
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto do Oriente, Portugal

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2022/07 - 2023/03/01 Assistant (University Teacher) Universidade Estadual da Campinas Instituto de Economia, Brazil

Positions / Appointments

Host institution
2022/01 - 2022/12 Course Development Manager Gesamthochschule Kassel, Germany
Global Labour University Online Academy, Germany


  1. Li, C.. Occupational safety and health guidelines in the retail industry in ASEAN. Singapore: ASEAN Services Employees Trade Unions Council. 2013.
Book chapter
  1. Li, C.. "Quando os agricultores são impulsionados pela internet na China: O estudo de caso nas Vilas Taobao". In Novas e Velhas Desigualdades na Era Digital. Brazil, 2022.
    In press
  2. Li, C.. "Public policy choice of local governance under the Covid-19 crisis in China: Is the e-voucher scheme prone to poor relief?". In Decent Work or Decent Income, edited by Fares, S. Lygia; Duarte, H. E. Pedro, 85-116. Germany: Rainer Hampp Verlag, 2021.
    Published • 10.5771/9783957103895-85
  3. Li, C.. "Changing relations of production of agriculture in China under globalization". In Globalization and agriculture: Redefining unequal development, globalization and its Costs, 107-125. United States: Lexington Books, 2017.
  4. Li, C.. "A New Approach to Rural Labour Mobility in the Labour Surplus Economy: A Tripartite Labour Supply Model". In Work, Institutions and Sustainable Livelihood, 153-192. Singapore: Springer Singapore, 2017.
  5. Li, C.. "Industrial unrest and role of trade unions in China". In Where have all the classes gone? A critical perspectives on struggles and collective action, 126-145. Germany: Rainer Hampp Verlag, 2017.
  6. Li, C.. Corresponding author: Li, C.. "Opportunities for youth employment". In Labour laws and practices in ASEAN volume II: A comparative study on gender equality, employment of persons with disabilities, youth employment and social dialogue, 111-161. Singapore: ASEAN Services Employees Trade Unions Council, 2014.
Journal article
  1. Li, C.. "Rural Labor Mobility in the Process of Industrialization under Triple Dimensions". Latin American Journal of Trade Policy 3 6 (2020): 6. http://dx.doi.org/10.5354/0719-9368.2020.57164.
    Published • 10.5354/0719-9368.2020.57164
  2. Li, C.. "Transformações do mercado de trabalho chinês após 2008". RBEST: Revista Brasileira de Economia Social e do Trabalho 1 e019010 (2019): 1-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.20396/rbest.v1i0.12541.
    Open access • Published • 10.20396/rbest.v1i0.12541
  3. Li, C.. "Industrial relations in the Chinese-funded enterprises in the Belt and Road nations: taking Brazil as an example". Human Resources Development of China 35 7 (2018): 109-124. https://www.cnki.com.cn/Article/CJFDTotal-ZRZK201807012.htm.
    Published • 10.16471/j.cnki.11-2822/c.2018.07.000
  4. Li, C.. "Emprego e bem-estar social na era da inteligência artificial". Carta Social e do Trabalho 34 (2017): 13-23.
    Open access • Published
  5. Li, C.. "Flutuando entre o campo e a cidade - Dissertação analisa mudanças na estrutura social da China". Jornal of UNICAMP 621 (2015):
Magazine article
  1. Li, C.. "Artificial intelligence in reframing the future of work and the discourse on universal basic income", Phenix International Think Tank, 2017
  1. Li, C.. 2016. Collective bargaining and judicial resolution mechanism in Brazil.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Li, Cheng. "Rural labour mobility in the process of industrialization in early industrializers". PhD, Universidade Estadual da Campinas Instituto de Economia, 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.47749/t/unicamp.2020.1128823.
  2. Li, Cheng. "Labour surplus economy under transitions". Master, Universidade Estadual da Campinas Instituto de Economia, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.47749/t/unicamp.2014.943006.

Ad Hoc journal article review

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2020/08 - Current Brazilian Journal of Latin American Studies Universidade de São Paulo


2019 Excellent paper award at the forum on the mission and challenges of comparative social laws
East China University of Political Science and Law, China
2018 Excellent paper award at the 3rd labour economics
China Association of Labor Economics, China