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

  • Science and crisis communication
  • Online activism
  • Online rumour

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., 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. (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.