My research primarily focuses three distinct yet interrelated aspects of the internet in China: as media and telecommunication industry, regulation and governance, and the cultural dimensions.
During my doctoral research, I looked at the political economy of the Chinese internet industry, especially focusing on the role of the state, private actors, and foreign capital in shaping its regulation, developmental path, capitalization and financialization processes.
For my postdoctoral project, I look at emerging and already-powerful digital platforms in China. These include mobile platforms that are fast changing and rapidly expanding on a global scale. My objectives are to combine different methods to study China-based platforms as part of the emerging internet infrastructure, as sets of political and economic formations, and also as key governance venues of online interactions between users, developers, institutions and the state.