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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


Dr Jian Xu is a Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts and a member of ADI, 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

Digital youth culture


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

Global Digital Publics Initiative (GDPi), 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, media globalisation, international communication, communication concepts and theories

Units taught

ALC215: 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, critical policy analysis, critical discourse analysis


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

Professional activities

Editorial Board Member, Anthem Press, (Digital China Series)

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

Media appearances

‘The Chinese farmer who live-streamed her life and made a fortune’, The New Yorker, October 30, 2018,

‘Chinese propaganda faces stiff competition from celebrities’, The Washington Times,

Research groups



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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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


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


A brief genealogy of Hanmai

Zhang Ge, Jian Xu

(2019), pp. 63-68, China Perspectives, Hong Kong, C1


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


The politics of Weiguan in China's internet events

J Xu

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


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


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


Media since 1949: changes and continuities

J Xu, W Sun

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


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. 1-10, Asia Pacific media educator, 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, Dr Weishan Miao

  • 2018: $7,000


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