Prior to joining the University of Essex in September 2016, Dr. Huang was a lecturer in the Universities of Hull and Leicester. She has worked for international organisations such as the Basel Convention in Geneva and the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. She was also a legal consultant in a Chinese bank and an expert group member of an influential think-tank, the Legatum Institute in London.
Flora recently received a grant from the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships on a project " Stock Connect: A New Model of Financial Market Integration" for the period of 2019-2020. In 2017, she was also funded by the HEFCE Newton Funds to organise a conference entitled "Ethics and Challenges in Chinese Financial Markets", and the Erasmus+ mobility programme to visit the University of Macau.In 2016, Flora was awarded a City Venture Research Grant to conduct research regarding the growth stories of two cities - Hong Kong and Shenzhen. In 2013-15, she was also awarded funding by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust for the project A Tale of Three Cities - Unravelling the Common Law Advantage. Furthermore, her PhD research at SOAS University of London was supported by the Central Research Fund, University of London; Universities China Committee in London; SOAS Additional Fieldwork Award and the AHRC Skills Fund.
In 2015 and 2016, Flora was appointed to two UK research councils' Peer Review Colleges (PRC): the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). In addition, she is also a reviewer of the Journal of International Trade Law and Policy and publishers such as Routledge, and has reviewed for Journal of Corporate Law Studies; Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies; and American Journal of Comparative Law. She was awarded Outstanding Reviewer at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2012.