Contact Dr Mengyi Xu


Mengyi is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Employment Relations and Course Director for MSc Management and Human Resource Management in Changing World of Work Group. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations from Keele University and her other qualifications include a CIPD accredited MA in Human Resource Management, a BSc in Public Administration, as well as a PGcert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 

Before joining Cranfield, she worked as Lecturer in HRM & Organisational Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University, Graduate Teaching Assistant in HRM at Keele University, Researcher at the University of Wolverhampton. Prior to academia, she worked as a professional in a variety of roles in the UK and China including mainly HR, bilingual teacher, events presenter, etc. 

Mengyi is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has a wide portfolio of teaching expertise in HRM, Employment Relations, and Organisational Behaviour at different levels of Higher Education (Undergraduate, Master, MBA). 

Mengyi works as PI in British Academy of Management Transition Grant 1, Researcher in British Academy Small Grant and academic consultant. She supervised PhD and DBA projects in the areas of HRM, work and organisation such as work-life balance in the UK higher education, and employee and organisational behaviour in the United Arab Emirates.

Research opportunities

Mengyi is accepting PhD students and interested in supervising topics related to her research interests below using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Students are also welcome to propose their own topics. Please send an email with your CV and research proposal for further discussion. Please get in touch if you are interested in pursuing research collaborations in these areas.

Current activities

Mengyi’s research interests lie in the field of Work-Life Balance, Flexible working, Well-being-oriented HRM, Work and Digitalisation, and Comparative and Cross-cultural studies. She uses mixed methods, qualitative, and quantitative research designs in her research. Her work has been presented at major national and international peer-reviewed conferences and transferred into publications in leading academic journals. Her recent research work particularly considers:

  •      Work-life boundary management in the context of hybrid working
  •      Work-life balance perceptions and management in emerging economies
  •      The application of AI in HRM

Mengyi teaches HRM, Employment Relations and Research Methods for MSc, MBA and Executive MBA programmes at Cranfield. Her teaching is infused with insights from her research, consultancy as well as her international experience in the west and east. She is passionate about helping students to see the real-world implications of classroom theories and achieve their professional goals.

Mengyi also holds the following roles:

  • External examiner on MSc HRM/Leadership and BSc HRM courses at Teesside and De Montfort University. 
  • Council member of the British Academy of Management, Events Officer & Committee member in HRM SIG
  • Working member in Events, Publicity, and External Liaison Working Groups at the Association of British Chinese Professors. 
  • Journal reviewers for International Journal of HRM, Employee Relations, Journal of Business Strategy and Development, Journal of Community Psychology; Book reviewer for Sage publishing and Kogan Page.
  • Member of Academy of Management
  • Member of Work-Family Researcher Network
  • Member of Network for Research into Chinese Education Mobility
  • Member of Aurora Female Leadership Network


Mengyi has consultancy experiences in a wide range of HRM, for example:

  • “Open Innovation project: working with local stakeholders to create equal opportunities in Essex”, commissioned by Essex County Council.
  • "Using human resource data to better manage the health of public sector workers", commissioned by Oxentia | Oxford's Global Innovation Consultancy.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Xu M (2022) The double-edged role of informality in work-life balance management: Evidence from Chinese state-owned enterprises. In: WFRN 6th Biennial Conference: Work-Family Justice: Practices, Partnerships & Possibilities, New York City, 23-25 June 2022.
  • Xu M & Wang W (2021) Context matters: Decipher the work-life balance in China. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2021, Cloud, 1-3 September 2021.
  • Xu M (2021) Perceived balance and experienced imbalance: The superficial and unsustainable work-life balance of Chinese employees. In: International Labour Process Conference 2021, University of Greenwich, 12-14 April 2021.
  • Xu M (2020) The problematics of work-life management: evidence from Chinese employees. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Virtual, 2-4 September 2020.
  • Xu M (2020) Keynote: What’s new in HRM in the Industrial 4.0 and Post-Covid 19. In: International Conference on Management, innovation, economics and social science., Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, 25-26 July 2020.
  • Xu M & Cao X (2018) Work engagement and supervisor support linking work-life conflict to turnover intention for China’s one-child generation employees: A moderated mediation model. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual Conference 2018, the University of the West of England, 4-6 September 2018.
  • Xu M & Cao X (2016) Work-family conflict, turnover intention and work engagement for China’s only-child employees. In: The 9th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), Beijing, 1-3 November 2016.