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Shiyu Zheng

SharonPhD Student

Email: s dot zheng dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk


I’m a second year PhD researcher on Media and Communication in the Centre of Cultural and Media Policy Studies. I have been awarded a Warwick-China Scholarships award and a full scholarship for overseas PhD students from Chinese National Government.

Before joining Warwick, I was a bilingual investigative journalist in China’s National News Agency and largest Press Group, mainly in charge of deep investigation and social media operation. Hundreds of my articles have been released and forwarded by various media agencies and platforms, including Xinhua News Agency, etc. During my M.A, I was an intern reporter in BBC and worked part time for Chinese news agency in the UK. I also worked as a Student Stakeholder helping my professors develop a new module for Master’s students.

Now I help manage the Centre’s social media presence, as well as being a columnist/freelancer for TV stations and magazines in China. I am also serving as the part time postgraduate mentor/facilitator, sharing my experience to Master’s students in Warwick.

Research interests

Now I am the returning back with the rich experience in the media industry to explore how Chinese audience/fans use social media to transnationally engage in the participatory culture and form particular fandom phenomenon in China. I have wide research interest in the field of media and communication, drama and television studies, fandom, audience studies, participatory culture, convergence media and digital/social media.

My thesis will make use of British Drama as a case to analyze the influence and implications Chinese fans have had via social media. I am particularly interested in the studies of consumers and audiences, fans and fandom, television and drama, especially those loyal fans who transculturally follow foreign media products. I will work as an acafan to observe, analyze and evaluate. It is under the supervision of Dr. Joanne Garde-Hansen and Dr. Pietari Kapaa.

Administrative Role

President of Chinese Students and Scholars Association Warwick (CSSA Warwick)