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I grew up in China and lived in California during my PhD studies. Before relocating to Singapore, I was a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2004 to 2020.

I work on issues of digital media and social change in relation to labor, class, globalization, and sustainability, especially in the contexts of Asia and the Global South. I have published more than 100 research articles and chapters and 10 books in both English and Chinese including Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition (U of Illinois Press, 2016), World Factory in the Information Age (Guangxi Normal U Press, 2013), and Working-Class Network Society (MIT Press, 2009). My work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. ​

I am an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA) and a recipient of the C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy. I also serve as the President of the Chinese Communication Association (CCA).

In my spare time, I like to swim, meditate, and read about faraway societies – ancient cultures and sci-fi, for instance – that are entertaining and emancipatory.

Communication theories, media and development, political economy of communcation, digital labor

NM1101E Communications, New Media and Society

NM2101 Theories of Communications and New Media

NM4213 Digital Economies

NM6101 Advanced Theories in Communications and New Media

I am available for supervision.

Over the years, I have supervised and graduated 7 PhDs, and co-supervised more than 20 PhDs.

I have also served as advisor or examiner for visiting post-doc researchers, PhD or research MA students from around the world, e.g. University of Amsterdam, University of Copenhagen, University of Rome, University of Sydney, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Oxford.

I am working on three research projects:

  • Labor conditions and sustainability of digital platforms in Southeast and East Asia: A comparative study
  • (Mis)communication, trust, and information environments: A comparative study of the COVID-19 “infodemics” in four Chinese societies
  • Learning to labor: Social media and migrant labor protection in Mainland China

information and communication technologies (ICTs), ICT for development (ICT4D), digital labor, comparative media systems, media in Asia and the Global South


  • Julie Yujie Chen, Zhifei Mao & Jack Linchuan Qiu (2018). Supersticky: WeChat and Chinese Society. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2016). Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2013). World Factories in the Information Age 《信息時代的世界工廠》. Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press. (in Chinese)
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2009). Working-Class Network Society: Communication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press
  • Manuel Castells, Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol, Jack Linchuan Qiu & Araba Sey (2006). Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.


  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2020). “Toward a Sustainable Information Society: A Global Political Economy Perspective,” in Leah A. Lievrouw and Brian Loader (Eds). Handbook of Digital Media and Communication (2nd Edition). London: Routledge. pp. 363-370.
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu & Julie Yujie Chen (2019). “Margins at the Center: Alternative Digital Economies in Shenzhen, China” in Mark Graham (Ed) Digital Economies at Global Margins. The Canadian IDRC and MIT Press. pp. 319-339.
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2019). “The Global Internet,” in David Hesmondhalgh and James Curran (Eds). Media and Society (6th Edition). London: Bloomsbury. pp. 3-20.
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2019). “Three Phases in the Development of China’s Network Society,” in Mark Graham and William Dutton (Eds). Society and the Internet (2nd Edition). Oxford University Press. pp. 341-356.


  • Jack Linchuan Qiu & Terence Yuen (Eds) (2018). How Platforms Cooperate?《平台點合作?》 Hong Kong: InPress Books. (in Chinese)
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (Ed) (2017). Media and Society in Networked China. Leiden, the Netherlands: Brill.


  • Rafael Grohmann & Jack Linchuan Qiu (Eds) (2020), “Platform Labor”, Special issue of Contracampo: Brazilian Journal of Communication, Vol 39, No. 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22409/contracampo.v39i1
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu & Christian Fuchs (Eds) (2018), “Ferments of the Field”, Special issue of Journal of Communication, Vol 68, Issue 2.
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu, Joseph Man Chan & Zhifei Mao (Eds) (2017), “Communication Technology and Media Events”, Special issue of Communication & Society《傳播與社會學刊》,  Issue 41 (in Chinese)
  • Wei Bu, Marina Svensson, Jack Linchuan Qiu & Fangfang Ji (Eds) (2014),  “Gender, Communication and Development” Special issue of Journalism & Communication Research《新聞與傳播研究》, Vol 21, Issue 111 (in Chinese)
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu & Eric Thompson (Eds) (2007), “Mobile Asia” Special themed section of New Media & Society, Vol 9, No. 6.
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu & Brian Loader (Eds) (2016), “Understanding Global Digital Cultures”, Information, Communication & Society, Vol 19, No. 1.


  • Ngai Pun & Jack Linchuan Qiu (2020-online first). “ ‘Emotional Authoritarianism’: Nationalism, Vocational Education and the Mobile Working-Class Subjects”, Mobilities. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450101.2020.1764264
  • Zhifei Mao & Jack Linchuan Qiu (2019-online first). “Staging environmental risk: A methodological cosmopolitanism approach to Chinese media events”, Global Networks. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12274
  • Bryant Hui, Ngai Pun, Jack Linchuan Qiu & Anita Koo (2019-online first). “Having Less But Giving More: Work Experience and Prosocial Behaviour of Chinese Working-Class Youth”, Youth & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X19840239
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2018). “Diversity, Dialogue, and Organic Communication Research: Reflections based on the 2018 Ferments of the Field special issue of Journal of Communication”, International Journalism《國際新聞界》, Issue 2: 53-61. (in Chinese)
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2018). “China’s Digital Working Class and Circuits of Labor,” Communication & the Public, Vol 3, Issue 1: 5-18https://doi.org/10.1177/2057047318755529
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2016). “Social Media on the Picket Line,” Media, Culture & Society, Vol 38, No. 4: 619-633https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443716643012
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2016). “Cultural Translators of Communication Studies in Greater China,” International Journal of Communication, Vol 10: 1030-1053. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4534
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2015). “Go Baobao! Image-Driven Nationalism, Generation Post-80s, and Mainland Students in Hong Kong,” Positions: East Asia Culture Critique, Vol 23, No. 1: 145-165https://doi.org/10.1215/10679847-2870546
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2015). “Debating Big Data: Just Because It’s Accessible Does Not Mean It’s Ethical,” Media, Culture & Society, Vol 37, No. 7: 11-16. Doi: 10.1177/0163443715594104


  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2019). “Book Review: Information Fantasies: Precarious Mediation in Postsocialist China, by Xiao Liu,The China Journal, No. 83: 186–188.
  • Jack Linchuan Qiu (2015). “Book Review: Communication and Society: Political Economy and Cultural Analyses,Information, Communication & Society, Vol 18, Issue 12: 1413–1415.

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