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|
- 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.
In the news media
- The Guardian (2020/02/28). Sensationalist media is exacerbating racist coronavirus fears. We need to combat it. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/28/sensationalist-media-is-exacerbating-racist-coronavirus-fears-we-need-to-combat-it
- Wired (2019/01/21) www.wired.co.uk/article/china-social-credit-system-explained
- Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (2019/02/14) https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-14/leta-hong-fincher-on-feminism-in-china/10810826
- The Guardian (2018/06/27) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/28/chinas-social-credit-system-could-interfere-in-other-nations-sovereignty
- Wired (2018/03/20) https://www.wired.com/story/china-feminism-emoji-censorship/
- World Economic Forum (2018/02/12)https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/02/from-metoo-to-ricebunny-how-social-media-users-are-campaigning-in-china
- Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (2017/12/18) www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-18/wechat-what-you-need-to-know-about-china-social-media-juggernaut/9268036
- QUARTZ (2017/07/04) https://qz.com/1020474/as-taiwan-legalized-gay-marriage-china-shut-down-its-most-iconic-lesbian-social-media-platform/