PhD Agricultural Economics, University of Reading, the UK, 2006
MSc Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2002
MSc Economics, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences, 1999
Undergraduate, Economic Law, China University of Political Science & Law, 1996
2019-date Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Economics, SOAS of University of London
2018-date Distinguished Professor in Economics, School of Economics and Management,QingDao Agricultural University, China
2013-2018 Adjunct Professor in Economics, School of Economics and Management, QingDao Agricultural University, China
2013-2018 Adjunct professor, China Agricultural University MBA Educational Centre
2013-2014 Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of Civil, Environmental, Geomatic Engineering,University College London
2011-2013 Research Associate, Africa International Affair Program, Dept. of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
2009-2011 Acting Director, International Cooperative Division, China Centre for Urban and Town Development, the National Development and Reform Commission of China
2008-2009 Research Associate, Africa International Affair program, Dept. of International Relations, the London School of Economics
2008 Research Associate, International Institute for Environment and Development, London
2003-04 Visiting Researcher Scholar, Dept. of Economics, the London School of Economics
1998/2000 Chinese Economist, Zurich Financial Services Group, Beijing Representative Office
Book: The Role of Rural Enterprieses in Economic Transformation: China’s Agricultural Transformation and Urbanization, Palgrave Macmillan Publisher, 2020.
Helen Lei Sun, International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2015 29 China’s town and village enterprises and its implications for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Helen Lei Sun, Edward J. T. Collins, The Coordinating Role of Local Government in Agricultural Development with Special Reference to Small-Scale Household Pond Aquaculture in China 1979–2011, Aquaculture Economics & Management, 17:398–417, Taylor & Francis, Volume 17 Issue 4, 2013.
A Impacts of Innovative Institution on Technology and Entrepreneurship in the Context of Sustainable Development in Rural China-What are Lessons for Africa, ISSN 2045-5119, September 2013, Lei Sun, Technology and Management for Development Centre, University of Oxford, http://www.tmd-oxford.org/.
Co-authors for Report of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, “Rethinking Africa’s Agriculture and Rural Transformation in the New Global Context: Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Options”, 2013.
Understanding China’s Agricultural Investment in Africa, Occasional Paper No.102, November 2011, South African Institute of International Affairs, Helen Lei Sun.
“Agricultural and Rural Transformation in China: What Are Lessons for Africa” Presented at High Level Expert Group Meeting at United Nations Conference Centre, organised by Agricultural Production Systems Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Ethiopia, 3-4th December 2012.
“Impacts of Innovative Institution on Technology and Entrepreneurship in the Context of Sustainable Development in Rural China-What are Lessons for Africa” Presented at 6th Anural Conference of the Academy, University of Oxford, 2013.
“Analysis of Market Participation and Value Chain Development in China” presented at Workshop of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, March 2013.
“China’s Agricultural Investment in Africa” presented at a workshop in United Nations Development Program, New York. 2011.
China’s Insurance Industry Development, China Finance and Economic News (in Chinese), 1999, Lei Sun.
Leading author of Premier China’s Insurance Market Research Report for Zurich Financial Services Group, 1999.
Building Up Social Insurance System, China Fiscal Research (in Chinese), Lei Sun (second author) , 1996.
Expert Consultant: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, The Food Security and Sustainable Development Division, 2012-2013.
Consultant: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Analysis of Market Participation and Value Chain Development in China”, 2013.
Project Manager for “Building up Government Capacity for Rural Migrant Family into Cities in China” sponsored by United Nations Development Program Beijing Office, 2009-2011.
Research Fellow (Part-time), China Futures and Financial Derivatives Research Centre of China Agricultural University, 2009-2013.
Professional Networking and Advocacy Activities on Food Securities and Poverty Reduction, World Food Program, Beijing Office, 2009-2010.
Expert consultant: Regional High Level Workshop on Sustainable Urbanization Co-organized by Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Finance of PRC for Knowledge Sharing Platform, Shanghai, 11/2009.
Co-organizer for 2nd High Level Zurich Economic Seminar in Beijing – “Asian Economic Recovery and China’s Economic Development” held by Zurich
Financial Service Group and the State Development and Planning Commission of China, 1999.