Edmund Li SHENG 盛力

Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy
Programme Coordinator, ESFSM
PhD Supervisor in Public Administration, Political Science, and Economics
Executive Committee Member of Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management, University of Macau
University Senate Member, Senate Research Committee Member

Professor by Courtesy, Center for Macau Studies

Contact Information

Tel: +853 8822 4340
Office: Room 4005, Humanities and Social Sciences Building (E21B)
E-mail: edmundsheng@um.edu.mo

  • Bachelor of Arts (German Literature), Peking University
  • Master of economics (constitutional political economy) (憲政經濟學), Universität Freiburg
  • PhD in economics (political economy of money and finance) (貨幣金融政治經濟學), Universität Freiburg
  • urban public policy
  • international political economy

over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters, among which 45 papers published in SSCI listed journals
11 authored/co-authored books
over 100 newspaper/magazine articles and special report 新華社、中新社、光明日報、金融時報、澳門日報、星島日報、觀察者等

Representative papers

    1. Sheng, L.Der Einsatz von Asset Management Companies zur Lösung - notleidender Kredite im chinesischen Bankensystem. Freiburg/Berlin: Rombach Verlag (political economy of money and finance) (https://www.rombach-verlag.de/buecher/wissenschaft/rombach/buch/details/der-einsatz-von-asset-management-corporations-zur-loesung-des-problems-der-notleidenden-kredite-im-c.html)
    2. Sheng, L., and Tsui, Y.M. (2009) Casino Booms and Local Politics: The City of Macao. Cities 26(2), 67-73. (SSCI Q1, top 5% Urban Studies) (urban political economy) DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2009.01.002
    3. Sheng, L., and Tsui, Y.M. (2009) A General Equilibrium Approach to Tourism and Welfare: The Case of Macao. Habitat International, 33(4), 419-424. (SSCI Q1, top 10% Urban Studies) (urban political economy) DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2009.01.002
    4. Sheng, L. (2010) Competing or Cooperating to Host Mega Events: A Simple Model. Economic Modeling, 27 (1), 375-379. (SSCI Q2) (international political economy)  DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2010.09.009
    5. Sheng, L. (2011) Foreign Investment and Urban Development: A Perspective from Tourist Cities. Habitat International, 35(1), 111-117. (SSCI Q1, top 10% urban studies) (urban political economy)  DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2010.04.005
    6. Sheng, L. (2011) Taxing Tourism and Subsidizing Non-tourism: A Welfare-Enhancing Solution to 'Dutch Disease'? Tourism Management, 32(5), 1223-1228. (SSCI Q1, top 5% Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Sport) (public policy on gaming and tourism)  DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2010.09.009
    7. Sheng, L. (2011) Theorizing Free Capital Mobility: A Perspective on Developing Economies. Review of International Studies, 37(5), 2519-2534. (SSCI Q1) (international political economy) DOI: 10.1017/S0260210510001610
    8. Sheng, L. (2012) Rethinking the Impacts of Foreign Investors on Urban Development: The City of Macao. Annals of Regional Science, 49(1), 73-86. (SSCI Q2) (urban political economy) DOI: 10.1007/s00168-010-0433-1
    9. Sheng, L. (2012) Dealing with Financial Risks of International Capital Flows: A Theorectical Framework. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 25(3), 463-474. (SSCI Q2) (international political economy) DOI: 10.1080/09557571.2012.710587
    10.  Sheng, L. (2013) Free Capital Mobility and Sustainable Community Development: A Theoretical Framework.  Habitat International, 40(4), 278-284. (SSCI Q1, top 10% Urban Studies) (urban political economy)
       DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2013.06.003
    11. Sheng, L. and Zhao, W.B. (2016) Strategic Destination Management in the Face of Foreign Competition: The Case of Macao. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 33(2), 263-278. (SSCI Q1) (international political economy) DOI: 10.1080/10548408.2015.1051198
    12. Sheng, L. (2016) Explaining US-China Economic Imbalances: A Social Perspective. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 29(3), 1097-1111. (SSCI Q2) (international political economy) DOI: 10.1080/09557571.2016.1230589
    13. Sheng, L. (2017) Explaining Urban Economic Governance: The City of Macao. Cities, 61(2017), 96-108. (SSCI Q1, top 5% Urban Studies) (urban political economy)DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2016.08.011
    14. Sheng, L. Li, T. and Wang, J. (2017) Tourism and Externalities in an Urban Context: Theoretical Model and Empirical Evidence. Cities, 70(2017), 40-45. (SSCI Q1, top 5% Urban Studies) (public policy on gaming and tourism)DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2017.06.012
    15. Sheng, L. and Wan, P. (2017) Explaining Urban Governance in the Midst of Political Transformation: The City of Macao. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 58(3), 289-300 (SSCI Q1) (urban political economy)DOI: 10.1111/apv.12167
    16. 盛力 (2019) 回歸後的澳門經濟發展:成就、經驗與展望。人民論壇, 2020(1), 58-63。 (CSSCI)
    17. 盛力 (2020) 澳門都市更新:機制、成效與建議。港澳研究, 2020(14), 76-83。 (CSSCI)
    18. Sheng, L., Nascimento, D.(2021) Love and Trade War – China and the U.S. in Historical Context. Singapore: London: Palgrave MacMillan. (international political economy) https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9789813348967
    19. Sheng, L., Gu, X.H., Guo, H.Z. (in press)(2021) Business Cycles of Casino Cities: Theorectical Model, Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications. Journal of Urban Affairs (SSCI Q2) (public policy on gaming and tourism) DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2021.1898285
    20. Sheng, L. and Nascimento D. (2021) The Belt and Road Initiative in South-South Cooperation: The Impact on World Trade and Geopolitics. London: Palgrave MacMillan. (international political economy) https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-6357-4
    21. Sheng, L. (2021) How Covid-19 Reshapes New World Order: Political Economy Perspective. Heidelberg: Springer. (international political economy)  https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-16-6190-7
    22. Sheng, L. (2022) Artic Opportunities and Chellenges: China, Russia and the US Cooperation and Competition. London: Palgrave MacMillan. (international political economy) https://www.springerprofessional.de/en/arctic-opportunities-and-challenges/20317360
    23. Gu, X.H., Sheng, L. (corresponding), and Lei, C.K. (in press) Specialization or diversification: A theoretical analysis for tourist cities. Cities ((SSCI Q1, top 5% urban studies) (urban political economy) DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103517
    24. Sheng, L. (in progress) Big Tech Firms and International Relations: The Role of the Nation-State in New Forms of Power. Heidelberg: Springer. (international political economy)
    25. Sheng, L. (in progress) Great Games: American and European Responses to China's Belt and Road Initiatives. Oxfordshire: Taylor & Francis. (international political economy)

25 research projects
Selected projects

    1. The European Socio-economic Model and Its Reform“, Institute of European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Department of Economics, University of Freiburg, commissioned by European Commission, 2005-2007
    2. 主持“澳人澳地的經濟與法律研究”,2013,澳門理工學院,澳門政府運輸工務司司長委托
      "Economic and Legal Study on Macao Land for Macao People", Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI), Commissioned by the Secretary of Transport and Public Works, 2013, Principal Investigator
    3. 主持“澳門外資賭場的經濟政治影響”,2014,澳門理工學院,中央駐澳門聯絡辦公室委托
      "Social-political Impacts of Foreign Casinos in Macao", Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI), Commissioned by Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR, 2014, Principal Investigator
    4. “澳門城市發展戰略”,2016-2017,澳門政府政策研究室,行政長官委托
      "Urban Development Strategy of Macao", Central Policy Unit, Macao SAR government, commissioned by the Chief Executive, 2016-2017
    5. “澳門海域管轄規劃與管理”,2017-2018,澳門政府政策研究室,行政長官委托
      "Planning and Management of Macao Maritime Jurisdiction", Central Policy Unit, Macao SAR Government,  commissioned by the Chief Executive, 2017-2018
    6. “澳門填海新區產業多元化研究“,2018-2019,澳門政府政策研究室,行政長官委托
      "Research on Industrial Diversification in Macao's New Reclamation Area", Central Policy Unit, Macao SAR Government,  commissioned by the Chief Executive, 2018-2019
    7. “A Political Economy Analysis of Economic Imbalances in the Post-crisis Era”, University of Macau Senate Research Committee, 2016-2018, principal investigator
    8. “Formal and Informal Politics in Urban Islands:The Case of Macao.“ University of Macau Senate Research Committee,2019-2020,principal investigator
    9. “Structure, Equality and Saving: Analyzing Sino-US Economic Imbalances.” University of Macau Senate Research Committee,2020-2021,principal investigator
    10. 主持“橫琴合作開發面臨的突出問題及破解之道”,2019,國務院港澳辦委托(澳門回歸20周年重點項目)
      "Prominent problems faced by Hengqin cooperative development and their solutions", Commissioned by The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council (Key Research Project for 20th Anniversary of Macao's handover to China), 2019, Principal Investigator
    11. "Industrial Diversification in Macao Using System Dynamics Analysis: Economic Modeling and Policy Suggestions". University of Macau Senate Research Committee, 2021-2022, Principal Investigator


  • 2013年 第三届澳門人文社會科學優秀成果評獎一等獎
    First Prize (Research Paper Category), The 3rd Outstanding Achievement Awards for Macao Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2013
  • 2016年 第四届澳門人文社會科學優秀成果評獎二等獎
    Second Prize (Research Paper Category), The 4th Outstanding Achievement Awards for Macao Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2016
  • 2017年 澳門大學社會科學學院研究成果獎金
    Faculty Excellent Research Incentive Scheme Awardee, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau, 2017
  • 2019年 澳門大學社會科學學院社會服務獎
    Faculty Community Services Award, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau, 2019
  • 2019年 第五届澳門人文社會科學優秀成果評獎一等獎
    First Prize (Research Paper Category), The 5th Outstanding Achievement Awards for Macao Research in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2019
  • 2020年 教育部第八届高等學校科學研究優秀成果獎(人文社會科學)二等獎(三年一度最高國家級人文社會科學研究獎)
    Second Prize, The 8th Ministry of Education Scientific Research Outstanding Achievement Award (Humanities and Social Sciences), 2020. (Highest National Prize in Humanities and Social Sciences Research, every 3 years)
  • 2020年 澳門大學社會科學學院服務獎
    Faculty Services Award, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau, 2020

Selected membership and services

  • Urban Affairs Association
  • European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy
  • Regional Studies Association International
  • International Studies Association
  • 全國港澳研究會成員
    Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies (CAHKMS)
  • 澳門政府經濟發展委員會委員
    Economic Development Committee, Macao SAR Government
  • 澳門政府公共服務與組織績效評審委員會委員
    Public Services and Organizational Performance Evaluation Committee, Macao SAR Government
  • 澳門都市更新股份有限公司董事(行政長官委任)
    Member of Board of Directors, Macau Urban Renewal Ltd. (appointed by the Chief Executive)
  • 珠海橫琴澳門新街坊發展有限公司董事
    Member of Board of Directors, Zhuhai Hengqin Macau New Neighborhood Development Co. Ltd.  
  • 保安部隊高等學校校董
    Council Member, ESFSM

Professor Sheng’s past positions include: associate professor of economics and quantitative methods, Institute For Tourism Studies; full professor of economics, postdoctoral supervisor, gaming and recreation management programme coordinator, school of business executive committee and institute research committee members, Macao Polytechnic Institute; interim head of department of economics, Russian Center Director, coordinators of programme in master of public administration, master of social sciences in Macau studies, bachelor of government and public administration, master of Social Science in European Studies, and assistant dean, chairman of graduate studies committee, associate dean (academic affairs) and acting dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau.

Professor Sheng has been residing in Macao since 1990s, and he masters Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese, German, and English.