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Dr Jian Xu



Lecturer in Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 2013

+61 3 924 68828


Dr Jian Xu is a Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University. He researches Chinese media and communication with a particular interest in the sociology and politics of digital media. He was a Research Fellow in Media at Deakin University, an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney and a joint Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Communication Studies and the Centre for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his PhD in Media and Communication from the University of New South Wales.

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Research interests

Internet and digital media in China

Internet activism and digital citizenship

Internet governance and sovereignty

Networked authoritarianism

Media politics and political communicaiton in China


Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University

Global Digital Publics Initiative (GDPi), Deakin University

Sydney Democracy Network, University of Sydney

Australian & New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)

China Studies Association of Australia (CSAA)

Teaching interests

Chinese media and communication, Asian media culture, media globalisation, international communication, communication concepts and theories

Units taught

ALC215: Global Media

ACX707/708: Professional Research Project

Knowledge areas

Chinese media studies, Internet studies, political communication, international communication, social media research, comparative media studies, critical policy analysis, critical discourse analysis


Chinese media, Internet activism, Internet governance, political communication, comparative media studies, international communication
  • Communication

Professional activities

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (New Media Series & Journalism and Mass Communication Series)

Media appearances

‘Chinese propaganda faces stiff competition from celebrities’, The Washington Post, October 22, 2017, interviewed by Yi-Ling Liu

Research groups



Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2015

Visiting Research Fellowship, Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2015

Visting Research Fellowship, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), 2009-2013


‘Cyber sovereignty and global Internet governance: A comparative study between China and Australia'

The project is funded by Australia-China Joint-Action Program Grant, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), 2018-2019


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The decline of Sina Weibo: a technological, political and market analysis

J Benney, J Xu

(2018), pp. 221-235, Chinese Social Media: Social, Cultural and Political Implications, New York, N.Y., B1


Governing China's coal challenge: changing public policy, debate and advocacy

E Jeffreys, J Xu

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 575-588, Environmental communication, London, Eng., C1


Shanzhai media culture: failed intervention to the disingenuous neoliberal logic of Chinese media

J Xu

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 249-262, Journal of contemporary China, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Using social media to advance the social rights of people with disability in China: the Beijing One Plus One Disabled Persons' Cultural Development Centre

J Xu, M Kent, K Ellis, H Zhang

(2017), pp. 318-331, Disability and social media global perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Celebrity-inspired, fan-driven: doing philanthropy through social media in Mainland China

E Jeffreys, J Xu

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 244-262, Asian studies review, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Chinese social media today

M Kent, K Ellis, J Xu

(2017), pp. 1-5, Chinese social media : Social, cultural, and political implications, New York, N.Y, B1


Media Events in Web 2.0 China: interventions of online activism

J Xu

(2016), Eastbourne, Eng., A1


E'gao as a networked digital leisure practice in China

H Yu, J Xu

(2016), pp. 152-165, Digital leisure cultures: critical perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Blogging for truth: Ai Weiwei's citizen investigation project on China's 2008 Sichuan earthquake

J Xu

(2016), pp. 0-0, Civic media technology, design, practice, Cambridge, Mass., B1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

China's Internet Innovation and Governance in the Xi Jinping Era: Big Initiatives, Power Dynamics and Global Impacts

Dr Jian Xu, Prof Matthew Allen, Dr Weishan Miao

  • 2018: $7,000


No completed student supervisions to report