Xunnan Li

Xunnan Li


My research interests encompass neoliberalism in the creative economy, Chinese traditional theatre industry, intercultural performance, and post-digitalism arts experience. I have published articles in reputable journals such as RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance; Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intangible Cultural Heritage: Media, Performance, and the Public Space.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I taught and researched at esteemed institutions worldwide, including Central Saint Martin's University of the Arts London, University of Reading, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, West Sydney University, Monash University Australia, and National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts.

Additionally, I possess expertise in international arts event and festival management. The theatre festival he co-directed received the "Best Online Cultural Project" award at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. I also collaborated closely with notable events such as London Fashion Week, Edinburgh Fringe Arts Festival, British Film Festival. 


  • Lecturer of Performance and Cultural Industries

Research interests

With a strong academic background in arts entrepreneurship and immersive technological innovation, I have rich experience working with art practitioners in research projects, cultural events, and international workshops. 

My recent research interest is the post-digitalism and the technological innovation policies in China and the UK. 

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  • PhD at Royal Holloway University of London
  • MA at SOAS University of London
  • Dalian University of Foreign Languages

Professional memberships

  • International Federation of Theatre Research
  • UK Higher Education Association
  • The Chartered Institute of Management