Research ethics

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University expects all students and staff to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in all aspects of their research activity.


The XJTLU Research Ethics Committee is tasked with ensuring that human research (herein defined as research involving human participants, human materials or human data) that is carried out under the auspices of the University is undertaken in a way that safeguards the dignity, rights, health, safety and privacy of those involved. From time to time, it makes recommendations about research conducted on animal subjects. The REC applies international standards in carrying out its deliberations.

The REC is composed of academic staff with expertise in the types of research usually undertaken in the University. The current members are:

  • Dr Holger Briel, representative of the Humanities and Social Science Cluster
  • Dr Bing Chen, representative of the Built Environment Cluster
  • Dr Seth Hartigan, representative of the Language Centre
  • Dr Minyan Wang, representative of Sciences
  • Dr Bailing Zhang, representative of Industrial Technology
  • Professor Michael Chng, representative of International Business School Suzhou
  • Dr Elmer V Villanueva, Chair

The REC may co-opt expertise as needed and its work is supported by Lina Gao of the University’s Research and Graduate Studies Office. The Research Ethics Committee may be contacted via email on [email protected]