Xu received her PhD from UCL Institute of Education, London. Her research interests include Development and Governance in Higher Education, Modern University Systems and Private Higher Education. Xu has published more than 20 papers in Chinese and English journals including Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, and Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. She has presided over and participated in more than 10 research projects at the national and provincial levels and has frequently made academic reports at international conferences. Xu has served as reviewer for Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Quarterly, International Journal of Qualitative Methods and other journals. Dr. Liu Xu welcomes doctoral students and young scholars to conduct short-term visits and post-doctoral research in Higher Education.