Jing Zeng

Jing Zeng, Dr.

Oberassistentin / Senior Research and Teaching Associate

Phone: +41 44 635 20 54

Room number: AND 3.24


Curriculum Vitae

since 08/2018

Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich


Post-doc research fellow, Hans-Bredow-Institut, Germany


Doctoral scholarship, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Australia


MSc Social Science of the Internet , Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, UK

2008-2012 BA International Communications (first-class honors), University of Nottingham, UK

Research interests

  • Online misinformation, rumour, and conspiracy theories 
  • Science communication
  • Digital methods

Awards and scholarships

  • 2017 “Algorithmed Public Sphere” Fellowship, Hans-Bredow-Institut
  • 2014 QUT Postgraduate Award Scholarship, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2012 Hoare’s Family Scholarship, Oxford University
  • 2009-2011 Provost’s Scholarship, University of Nottingham


  • Zeng, J., ​Chan CH., Schäfer MS, (forth coming) Contested Chinese Dreams of AI? Public Discourse about Artificial Intelligence on WeChat and People’s Daily Online. Information, Communication, and Society
  • Chen, X.,  Kay, D.B.V. & Zeng, J. (2020) #PositiveEnergy Douyin: constructing “playful patriotism” in a Chinese short-video application. Chinese Journal of Communication. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/17544750.2020.1761848
  • Zeng, J. (in press). 'Smart is the Nü (boshi) Sexy': How China's PhD women are fighting stereotypes using social media. In Warfield, K.,  Abidin C., and Cambre C. (eds). Mediated Interfaces: The Body on Social Media. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Zeng, J. (2020). #MeToo as Connective Action: A Study of the Anti-Sexual Violence and Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign on Chinese Social Media in 2018. Journalism Practice, 1-20.
  • Zeng, J. (2019). “You Say #MeToo, I Say #MiTu: China’s Online Campaigns Against Sexual Abuse.” In #MeToo and the Politics of Social Change, edited by B. Fileborn and R. Loney-Howes, 71–83. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Zeng, J., Burgess, J., & Bruns, A. (2019). Is citizen journalism better than professional journalism for fact-checking rumours in China? How Weibo users verified information following the 2015 Tianjin blasts. Global Media and China, 4(1), 13–35. doi:10.1177/20594364198341
  • Zeng, J., Chan, CH.,  and Fu, KW. (2017). How social media construct “truth” around crisis events: Weibo's rumor management strategies after the 2015 Tianjin Blasts. Policy & Internet. 9 (3), 297-320.
  • Fung, I.,  Zeng J., Chan CH, Liang H, Yin J, Liu Z, Tse ZTH, Fu KW (2017). Twitter and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, South Korea, 2015: a multi-lingual study. Infection, Disease & Health, 23(1), 10-16.
  • Zeng, J. (2015). How does information around acute events come into being on social media? JeDEM-eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government, 7(1), 72-98.

Conference presentations and proceedings

  • Zeng, J., & Schäfer MS (2020) Teaching or trolling? A content analysis of science and pseudoscience memes on TikTok. Paper presented at 70th International Communication Association Annual Conference.
  • Chan, CH, Zeng, J., Wessler, H., et al. (2020) Reproducible Extraction of Cross-lingual Topics using R. Paper presented at 70th International Communication Association Annual Conference (Top paper awards, ICA Computational Methods Interest Group)
  • Zeng J, ​Chan CH., Schäfer MS,​ (2019) Contested Chinese dreams of AI? Analyzing discourse on artificial intelligence on WeChat and the People's Daily between 2015 and 2018. ​Paper presented at the 7th International Conference of Comparative Media Studies in Todays World, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Zeng, J., Keller, T. R., Schäfer, Mike S.  (2019). Prevalence, Activity and Impact of Social Bots in Twitter Communication about Conspiracy Theories. Presented at AoIR conference 2019. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Wijermars, M., Puschmann C., Zeng  J. (2019). News recommendation and source diversity on Russian news aggregators: Google News as the better alternative? Paper presented at 69th International Communication Association Annual Conference
  • Zeng, J. (2016) How is misinformation regulated on Chinese Social media. Presented in Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2018, Sydney Australia.
  • Zeng, J., Chan, CH.,  and Fu, KW. (2016). Can online rumour be a social good in an authoritarian state? Presented in Internet Research Conference 2016, Berlin, Germany.
  • Zeng, J, Burgess, J., Bruns, A. (2015). The challenges of Weibo for data-driven digital media research. Presented in Internet Research Conference 2015, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Zeng, J. (2014). Can Microblog based Political Discussion contribute to Public Deliberation in China? In CeDEM Asia 2014: Proceedings of Conference for E-Democracy an Open Government, 97-114.
  • Zeng, J. (2014). Information construction in crisis communication: Applying ANT to digital media environments. In CeDEM Asia 2014: proceedings of Conference for E-Democracy an Open Government Conference for E-Democracy an Open Government , 261-266.