Contact Dr Mengyi Xu


Mengyi is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Employment Relations in Changing World of Work group. She holds a PhD 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. 

Mengyi is a Fellow of 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), while she previously worked at Keele and Anglia Ruskin University. 

Mengyi was in research collaborations with colleagues nationally and internationally working as a Researcher in British Academy Small Grant, Facilitator in Leverhulme International Network project, and as academic consultant in Knowledge Transfer projects (e.g. Open Innovation project with Essex County Council). She supervised PhD and DBA projects in the areas of work-life balance in the UK higher education, and employee and organisational behaviour in United Arab Emirates.

Prior to academia, she worked as a professional in a variety of roles in the UK and China including mainly HR, bilingual teacher, and events presenter, etc. 

Research opportunities

Mengyi is interested in supervising and collaborating research projects in the field of Work-Life Balance, Hybrid working, Well-being oriented HRM,  AI applications in HRM, Comparative and Cross-cultural studies in work and organisation. Please get in contact if you are interested in pursuing doctorate or research collaborations in these areas.

Current activities

Mengyi’s research interests lie in the field of Work-Life Balance, Hybrid working, Well-being oriented HRM, Work and Digitalisation, Comparative and Cross-cultural studies. She uses mixed methods, qualitative, and quantitative research designs in her research. Her recent research work and projects consider approaches into hybrid working in the era of post-Covid, work-life balance perceptions and management in emerging economies particularly China, the application of AI in HRM, and work engagement and turnover issues for young employees. Her work has been presented at major national and international peer-reviewed conferences and transferring into publications in leading academic journals.

Mengyi teaches HRM, Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour modules/topics 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.

Externally, Mengyi is the Events Officer in Human Resource Management SIG of the British Academy of Management, and works in the Publicity, and External Liaison groups at Association of British Chinese Professors. She also holds an external examiner role on MSc and BSc HRM courses/modules at Teesside and De Montfort University. Mengyi is a certified member of Aurora Network in Advance HE after she completed the Aurora Higher Education Female Leadership Programme.


Mengyi has consultancy experiences with local governments mainly in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion development. For example, 

● "Walsall Diversity and Inclusion Project", commissioned by Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

● “Open Innovation project: working with local stakeholders to create equal opportunities in Essex”, commissioned by Essex County Council.