As deputy director general of the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission, Professor Li Shirong is responsible for the promotion of foreign investment in Chongqing.
Between 2003 and 2006, she was vice mayor of Shapingba district, with responsibility for urban development and construction. She was president of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Building from 2009/10.
Li Shirong is also a part-time professor of construction management at Chongqing University. The focus of her academic work includes China’s construction industry in transition, sustainable urbanization, the government’s role in construction and construction project management. She has published more than 170 academic papers and 26 books in both China and abroad. She earned her PhD degree at the University of Reading, UK, in 1998, specializing in Construction Economics and Management.