Shihao Xu

Shihao Xu


I am Shihao Xu, a first-year PhD student at the School of Law, University of Leeds. With a strong background in Audit and Law, having completed a double degree at Southwest University of Political Science & Law in China in 2013, I have spent the last few years working as a financial accountant for a large Chinese central enterprise. During this time, I was responsible for overseeing the accounting and taxation of large infrastructure projects, which has provided me with valuable real-world experience in corporate governance.

Driven by my passion for academic excellence, I obtained an LLM degree from the University of Leeds in 2022. My current research focuses on New Institutional Economics and corporate governance. I am eager to delve deeper into this field and aspire to make a significant contribution to the academic community.

While research is my primary focus, my wife remains the center of my world. She is a constant source of inspiration and support, and the driving force behind everything I do. In my free time, I enjoy bartending, watching football games and diving.

I am thrilled to be a part of the University of Leeds community and am eager to advance in my field of study.

Research interests

As a passionate football fan and commentator, I am thrilled to be pursuing a PhD in the field of FIFA governance at the University of Leeds. My research interests are focused on exploring FIFA's governance environment and the private ordering governance model behind it, which is a perfect combination of my work experience, research experience, and personal preferences.

My goal is to delve deeper into this field and examine the governance structure of FIFA and its impact on commercial football. Through my research, I aim to contribute to the development of new strategies for improving governance structures and models within international sports organizations such as FIFA, as well as to the New Institutional Economic theory of private order.

I am confident that my research will lead to a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing FIFA. I look forward to making a meaningful impact in the fields of corporate governance and New Institutional Economics and am excited to collaborate with esteemed faculty members and fellow researchers at the University of Leeds.