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Dr Jian Xu



Senior Lecturer, Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 2013


Dr Jian Xu is a Senior Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts and a member of ADI, Deakin University. He is co-convenor of the Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network (AMCS). 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

Media politics and political communicaiton in China

Digital youth culture

Celebrity studies


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

Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network (AMCS), Deakin University

Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University

Global Digital Publics Network (GDPN), Deakin University

Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Deakin University

China Studies Centre (Associate), University of Sydney

Australian & New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)

China Studies Association of Australia (CSAA)

Teaching interests

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

Units taught

ALM215: Global Media

ACX707/708: Professional Research Project

ACX701: Communication Concepts

Knowledge areas

Chinese media studies, Internet studies, political communication, international communication, social media research, comparative media studies, celebrity studies


Chinese media and communication, Chinese social media, digital youth culture, Internet governance, political communication, international communication, celebrity studies
  • Communication

Professional activities

Co-convenor, Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network (AMCS), Faculty of Arts and Education

Series Editor, Asian Celebrity and Fandom Studies (Bloomsbury Academic)

Editorial Board Member, Digital China Series (Anthem Press)

Editorial Advisory Board Member, New Media Series (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Media appearances

‘Crazy love: Behind China’s crackdown on K-pop and other fan clubs’, BBC News, 10 September 2021,

‘Tainted celebrities’: What’s behind China’s crackdown on the entertainment industry?, The Straits Times, 06 September, 2021,

‘Why it is no longer cool to be a crazy rich Asian in China?’, BBC News, 10 June, 2021,

‘A queda de uma estrela e a 'política da celebridade' na China’, O Globo, January 25, 2021,

Research groups



Engagement and Partnerships Excellence Award, 2021, Deakin University

Inaugural Deakin Fellowship for Internationalisation, 2018, Deakin University

Faculty Partnerships and International Award, 2018, Deakin University

Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2015, Australian Government

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, Australian Government


‘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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'Telling China's anti- pandemic stories well': Documentaries for public diplomacy and the paradox of China's soft power

Jian Xu, Jian Xu, Qian Gong, Qian Gong, Weiwei Xu, Weiwei Xu

(2023), Vol. 4, pp. 149-173, Documentary in the Age of COVID, Peter Lang, B1

book chapter

Governing the Algorithmic Distribution of News in China: The Case of Jinri Toutiao

Jian Xu, Terry Flew

(2022), pp. 1-22, The Algorithmic Distribution of News: Policy Responses, Berlin, germany, B1

book chapter

Coping with the 'double bind' through vlogging: pandemic digital citizenship of Chinese international students

J Xu, X Zhao

(2022), Vol. 36, pp. 260-273, Continuum, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Maintaining ideological security and legitimacy in digital China: governance of cyber historical nihilism

Jian Xu, Qian Gong, Wen Yin

(2022), Vol. 185, pp. 26-40, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Regulating and governing China's internet and digital media in the Xi Jinping era

J Xu, H Yu

(2022), Vol. 185, pp. 3-8, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Introduction: Platformization of entrepreneurial labor via Chinese digital networks

Haiqing Yu, Jian Xu, Ping Sun

(2022), Vol. 7, pp. 253-262, Global Media and China, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Governing social eating (chibo) influencers: Policies, approach and politics of influencer governance in China

J Xu, L Qu, G Zhang

(2022), Vol. 14, pp. 525-540, Policy and Internet, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Indenturing Celebrity: Governing China's Entertainment Industries

Elaine Jeffreys, Jian Xu

(2022), pp. 1-25, Modern China, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Internet philanthropy as China's 'Digital Solution' to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development: policies, practices, politics and critique

Jian Xu, Dianlin Huang, He Zhang

(2021), pp. 371-392, Palgrave handbook of international communication and sustainable development, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Celebrity Politics in COVID-19 China: 'Celebrities Can't Save the Country'

Jian Xu, Elaine Jeffreys

(2021), pp. 85-102, Cultural China 2020: The Contemporary China Centre Review, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Governing entertainment celebrities in China: practices, policies and politics (2005-2020)

Jian Xu, Ling Yang

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 202-218, Celebrity studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Internationalising Celebrity Studies: turning towards Asia

J Xu, G Donnar, V Kishore

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 175-185, Celebrity Studies, C1

journal article

Propaganda innovation and resilient governance: the case of China's smog crisis

Jian Xu, Wanning Sun

(2021), Vol. 48, pp. 175-189, Media Asia, C1

journal article

Celebrity Studies and China Studies: Toward China Celebrity Studies

Elaine Jeffreys, Jian Xu

(2021), Vol. 8, pp. 2-32, Global Journal of Media Studies, Beijing, C1

journal article

Transformation of China's most popular dating app, Momo, and its impact on young adult sexuality: a critical social construction of technology analysis

Weishan Miao, Jian Xu

(2020), pp. 210-223, Young adult sexuality in the digital age, Hershey, Pa., B1

book chapter

The rise and fall of the 'King of Hanmai'-MC Tianyou

Jian Xu, Ge Zhang

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 333-338, Celebrity Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Regulation of COVID-19 fake news infodemic in China and India

U Rodrigues, J Xu

(2020), Vol. 177, pp. 125-131, Media International Australia, C1

journal article

Changing platformativity of China's female Wanghong: from Anni Baobei to Zhang Dayi

Jian Xu, Xinyu Zhao

(2019), pp. 127-158, Female celebrities in contemporary Chinese society, Singapore, B1

book chapter

From technological issue to military-diplomatic affairs: analysis of China's official cybersecurity discourse (1994-2016)

Weishan Miao, Jian Xu, Zhu Hongjun

(2019), pp. 1-13, Second international handbook of internet research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

A Brief Genealogy of Hanmai

G Zhang, J Xu

(2019), Vol. 2019, pp. 62-68, China Perspectives, C1

journal article

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

book chapter

Media since 1949: changes and continuities

J Xu, W Sun

(2018), pp. 1172-1192, The SAGE handbook of contemporary China, Los Angeles, Calif., B1

book chapter

The politics of Weiguan in China's internet events

J Xu

(2018), Vol. 1, pp. 23-28, China media report, Hong Kong, C1

journal article

Governing China's Coal Challenge: Changing Public Policy, Debate and Advocacy

E Jeffreys, J Xu

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 575-588, Environmental Communication, C1

journal article

Privacy concerns in China's smart city campaign: the deficit of China's cybersecurity law

F Yang, J Xu

(2018), Vol. 5, pp. 533-543, Asia and the Pacific policy studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Return of Ideology to China's Journalism Education: The 'Joint Model' Campaign Between Propaganda Departments and Journalism Schools

J Xu

(2018), Vol. 28, pp. 176-185, Asia Pacific Media Educator, C1

journal article

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

book chapter

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

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

Chinese social media: social, cultural, and political implications

Mike Kent, Katie Ellis, Jian Xu

(2017), New York, N.Y., A7

edited book

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

book chapter

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

book chapter

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, Dr Weishan Miao

ASSA Grant - Joint call - Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

  • 2018: $7,000


Associate Supervisor

Somsack Sengmany

Thesis entitled: Multiculturalism and Public Relations Practice in the Victorian Government and Multicultural Sectors

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts