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Yaoqi Zheng

PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate in the Durham Law School


Conferences and Presentations

World Bank, Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (internal access; 2022)

Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Conference on Financial Law and Regulation (by invitation; 2022)

2021 PGR Annual Conference, Durham Law School (2021)

1st Vienna Economic Dialogue: Gender, money, and finance (2021)

Chinese International Economic Law Annual Conference (2020)


Yaoqi has been listed in the experts pool of the Women, Business, and the Law Group at the Development Economics Vice Presidency of the World Bank. Yaoqi is the only person from academia in the United Kingdom.



Yaoqi contributed to the Women, Business, and the Law 2023 annual report by filling out the questionnaire about the legal situations of businesswomen in the United Kingdom. Women, Business and the Law 2023 is the ninth in a series of annual studies measuring the laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies. It identifies barriers to women’s economic participation and encourages reform of discriminatory laws. 


Yaoqi has studied and worked in the US, China, and the UK. Academically, she is a passionate Ph.D. candidate in law, researching on women and finance. Yaoqi earned her Master of Law (LL.M) degree from Cornell University and the Bachelor of Law (LL. B) degree in China. Professionally, Yaoqi worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the leading international law firms both in New York and Beijing. In Durham, during the academic year 2021-2022, she taught contract law.

Current Research

Yaoqi’s current research is about the underrepresentation of women in the financial world, where she has created her own theory about women’s role in finance. This research is the unique combination of the corporate governance, sustainable finance, and the feminist legal theory.

Research Interests

Sustainable Finance

Corporate Governance

Feminist Legal Theory

Law and Economics