Jiang Yang joined the IER as a PhD researcher in 2015. Her thesis title is ‘Exploring the relationship between innovation and job quality: evidence from China’. Employing a mixed-methods approach, the research proceeds in two stages: first, a statistical analysis of secondary data to assess levels of innovation and job quality in different industries; second, qualitative interviews within case studies, to investigate innovation, job quality and their relationship at the company level.
The research is the first attempt to investigate the relationship between innovation and job quality in China, and contributes to current understanding in four ways: an empirical contribution to the first study of the topic in China; a methodological contribution to using a mixed-methods approach linking innovation and job quality to study their relationship in China; a theoretical contribution to the understanding of the relationship between innovation and job quality in China; and a practical contribution with policy recommendations for promoting innovation and job quality in China.
Prior to joining the IER, Jiang completed an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Warwick and a BA in International Economics and Trade at the East China Normal University.