Dr Elaine Jing Zhao

Senior Lecturer
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 8066
231D, Level 2 Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Film, Television and Digital Media, Communication and Media Studies, Asian Cultural Studies, Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies

Dr. Elaine Jing Zhao is Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Elaine researches cultural production, industry transformations and governance challenges in digital media economy. Her main interest is the social, cultural and economic implications of digital technologies and platforms in transitional China and beyond borders.

Elaine is the author of Digital China’s Informal Circuits: Platforms, Labour and Governance. She has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals such as New Media and Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies, International Journal of Communication, Media, Culture & Society, Global Media and Communication and Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. These cover the topics of communication and media policy, cultural production, creative labour, informal media economy, and media globalisation.

She is currently working as Chief Investigator on an Australia Research Council-funded Discovery Project (with M. Keane et al.), which examines the rise of China's digital platforms and their internationalisation in the Asia-Pacific. She is also Partner Investigator on a project funded by National Social Science Foundation of China, which investigates digital media and cultural innovation in China.

Elaine is on the editorial board of Taylor & Francis journal Communication Research and Practice, and Anthem book series on Digital China. She reviews submissions for Australian Research Council (ARC) Grant Schemes, book proposals submitted to publishers such as Routledge and Palgrave MacMillan, and a variety of journals and conferences in the fields of media and communication, and cultural studies.

She completed her PhD at Queensland University of Technology. She previously held research fellowship position at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI), based at Queensland University of Technology. During this time, she worked on two Australian Research Council-funded projects. Prior to her academic career, Elaine worked in the telecom and mobile internet industry.

Elaine is available for Honours, Masters and PhD supervision in her areas of expertise. Please feel free to get in touch if you are considering a project in these areas.

Publications

    Books

    • Zhao EJ, 2019, Digital China's Informal Circuits: Platforms, Labour and Governance, Routledge, London and New York

    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    Conference Papers

    • Zhao EJ, 2015, 'Refashioning viewing experience with mobile media: A comparison of two trajectories in China', in Paterno D; Bourk M; Matheson D (eds.), Refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Rethinking communication, space and identity, the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Rethinking communication, space and identity, Queenstown, New Zealand, presented at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Rethinking communication, space and identity, Queenstown, New Zealand, 08 - 10 July 2015

    Conference Presentations

    • Zhao J, 2018, 'Precarity and politics on online literature platforms in China', presented at International Symposium on Chinese Digital Publishing and Reading: Evolving Models and Emergent Cultural Practices, pre-conference to the 26th annual conference of The Society for the History of Autho, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, 09 - 09 July 2018
    • Zhao J, 2018, 'On-demand Mobile Workforce on Ride-hailing Platforms in China: A Reality Check', presented at Mobile and Agile: Changing Social Formations in China panel, Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, the University of Sydney, Sydney, 03 - 05 July 2018
    • Zhao J, 2018, 'Is China's culture really going out? Examining the evidence base', presented at Social Technologies, User Communities and Cultural Knowledge in China and Australia Conference, Curtin University, Perth, 21 - 23 February 2018
    • Zhao J, 2017, 'Studying Communitainment: Mapping a Research Agenda for the Social Media Entertainment Industry - China', presented at International Communication Association’s 67th Annual Conference, San Diego, California, USA., 25 - 29 May 2017
    • Zhao J, 2017, 'Digital methods plus Digital China', presented at Cultures of Knowledge: Creative Economy and China Summer School and Conference, Curtin University, Perth, 07 - 12 February 2017
    • Zhao J, 2016, 'Professionalising amateur practice and platform strategies in the online video space in China', presented at International Communication Association’s 66th Annual Conference, Fukuoka, Japan, 09 - 13 June 2016
    • Zhao EJ, 2015, 'Collaboration reconfigured: the evolving landscape of cross-strait entertainment TV market', presented at Culture+: Digital power: an Australia-China Dialogue, Curtin University, Perth, 30 November - 01 December 2015
    • Zhao EJ, 2014, 'Across the Taiwan strait: content and talent flow in online video sectors', presented at International Communication Association Regional Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 01 - 03 October 2014
    • Zhao J;Zhao EJ, 2013, 'Beyond the game of cat and mouse: Challenges of discoverability and piracy in mobile gaming market', presented at The International Conference on New Directions in the Development of Creative and Media Industries, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 27 - 28 June 2013
    • Zhao EJ, 2013, 'Unlocking the potential and busting the myths: Five fundamental questions to ask in designing social media strategies', presented at social media and collaborative value production, Australia Mirror News Media Group, Queensland University of Technology, 02 - 02 July 2013
    • Zhao EJ, 2012, 'A new form of collective resistance to copyright ideology: The wave of micro-movies in China', presented at Social Media and Cross-border Cultural Transmissions: Technologies, Policies, Industries, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 21 - 22 June 2012
    • Zhao J, 2012, 'The formalisation of grassroot fansubbing in China', presented at Informal Culture and Adaptive Innovation in Asia. Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 19th Biennial Conference, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, 11 - 13 July 2012
    • Zhao EJ, 2011, 'Exploring urban space through mobile phone: A case of brand experience co-creation in China', presented at Digital Cities 7: Real World Experience. 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, 29 June - 02 July 2011
    • Zhao J, 2011, 'Between the formal and the informal: The case of China online video market', presented at Informal Innovation, CCI Symposium 2011, the University of New South Wales, 15 - 18 November 2011
    • Zhao EJ, 2010, 'Teasing out consumer creativity on mobile media', presented at Ignite 10! Creative Industries Postgraduate Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 27 - 29 October 2010
    • Cunningham S;Silver J;Zhao EJ, 2010, 'Chindia: Innovation in Online Film Distribution', presented at International Communication Association (ICA) International Communication Association (ICA). 60th Annual Conference, Singapore, 22 - 26 June 2010
    • Zhao EJ, 2009, 'Self-reinvention and Cooperation towards Mobile 2.0 – A Chinese Perspective', presented at Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009, 08 - 10 July 2009

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