Ding joined the University of Sheffield School of Law as a senior lecturer in September 2015. Previously, she worked as a lecturer in Newcastle Law school from January 2013 after completing PhD at the University of Manchester School of Law. She also lectured in China Euro School of Law (CESL) from January 2014. Before moving into academia, Ding worked as a public prosecutor in Guangdong Province, China. She also worked on the ESRC-funded project of Law, development and finance in Rising Powers as a research associate at Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge between 2013-2016. Recently, she started another ESRC-funded project on Informal Finance In China, Risks Potential and Transformation from 1 February 2017 as a co-investigator.