Since joining Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in January 2002, Kian-Ping Lim has been actively involved in research in the areas of macroeconomics, financial economics, and financial econometrics. His master thesis entitled "Non-linear dependence in ASEAN-5 foreign exchange rates: an insight from a battery of non-linearity tests” has laid the foundation and provided a clear direction for his subsequent research works. In his ‘non-linear journey’, Professor Melvin J. Hinich has been a good teacher and collaborator, to whom he is forever grateful, not only for getting him involved but also for the constant encouragement and guidance given along the journey.

After serving the university for 3 years, Kian-Ping Lim received a staff scholarship to pursue his PhD in Monash University Australia. His thesis, under the supervision of Professor Robert Brooks and Professor Jae H. Kim, addresses empirical issues related to the weak-form efficiency of stock markets. On an informal ground, Professor Melvin Hinich continued to offer valuable inputs to his PhD research.

Kian-Ping Lim has participated in national and international conferences to share his ideas and research findings. His papers have been presented at the Asia Pacific Economics and Business Conference 2002, Malaysian Finance Association 5th Annual Symposium, National Conference on Management Science and Operations Research 2003, 1st International Conference of the Asian Academy of Applied Business 2003, 11th National Symposium of Mathematics Science, International Conference in Economics (Turkey), Malaysian Finance Association 6th Annual Symposium, International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) 2004 Annual Conference, International Borneo Business Conference 2004, Malaysian Finance Association (MFA’s) 7th Annual Conference 2005, International Conference in Economics and Finance (ICEF) 2005, the 16th Asian Finance Association Conference 2005, Singapore Economic Review Conference 2005. He has indeed benefited from these conferences, in which the comments and suggestions of the participants have greatly improved his papers, and led to subsequent publications in refereed journals.

To date, Kian-Ping Lim has received 2 short-term financial grants from UMS to support his research endeavor. He has 2 edited books/ proceedings, 58 refereed journal articles, 4 articles in professional magazines, 10 chapters in books, and 29 articles in proceedings to his credit. His research findings have been accepted for publication in 28 different journals, i.e. Applied Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Applied Financial Economics, Applied Financial Economics Letters, Banker's Journal Malaysia, Borneo Review, Capital Markets Review, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, Economics Bulletin, Economics Letters, Finance Letters, ICFAI Journal of Applied Economics, ICFAI Journal of Applied Finance, International Journal of Business and Society, International Journal of Management Studies (formerly known as Jurnal Analisis), International Review of Financial Analysis, Inti Journal, Journal of International Business and Economics, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Journal of the Asian Academy of Applied Business, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Emerging Market Finance, Labuan Bulletin of International Business & Finance, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, Singapore Economic Review and Studies in Economics and Finance.