Haili Ma

University of Leeds

Associate Professor in Performance and Creative Economy

Speaker Biography

Dr. Haili Ma is Associate Professor in Performance and Creative Economy, International Director at School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. Haili’s research focuses on intangible cultural heritage/Chinese opera, cultural and creative industries in global contexts.

Trained in traditional Chinese opera from her early teens, Haili was a member of the Shanghai Luwan All-Female Yue Opera Company, before coming to the UK in 1997 where she pursued her academic career. She is the author of Urban Politics and Cultural Capital: The Case of Chinese Opera (Routledge 2015) and Understanding Cultural and Creative Industries through Chinese Opera (Palgrave Macmillan 2021).

Haili is the Principle Investigator of the AHRC newton grant – creative economy development in China: Popular Performance for New Urban Audience (2018-2021) and also the AHRC development grant – UK-China research-industry creative partnership: Bridging the gaps, mixed reality performance of Chinese opera in rural and urban Shanghai (2020-2023).