Dr. ZHU Yuner 

Research Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Digital Media (HKU, Hong Kong)
M.A. in Journalism (NCCU, Taiwan)
B.A. in Communication (USTC, China)
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Dr. Yuner ZHU is a Research Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her research interests include political communication, information governance, mass surveillance, and digital technology. She applies computational and experimental methods to investigate large-scale datasets to understand how the general public perceives and reacts to political events through their use of digital communication technologies.

Dr. ZHU’s work has appeared in prestigious academic journals such as Journal of Communication, Political Communication, New Media & Society, and Journal of Risk Research.

Dr. ZHU graduated from University of Science and Technology of China and received her Ph.D. degree from University of Hong Kong.

Research interests 

Political Communication
Computational Social Sciences
Information governance
Mass surveillance
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)


Journal articles

Zhu Y., Cheng E.W., Shen F., & Walker R.M. (2022) An Eye for An Eye? An Integrated Model of Attitude Change Towards Protest Violence, Political Communication, 39(4): 539-563. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10584609.2022.2053915

Zhu Y. & Fu K.W. (2021). Speaking Up or Staying Silent? Examining the Influences of Censorship and Behavioral Contagion on Opinion (Non–)Expression in China, New Media & Society, 23(12), 3634–3655. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1461444820959016

Zhu Y. & Fu K.W. (2019). The Relationship between Interdisciplinarity and Journal Impact Factor during 1997–2016. Journal of Communication. 69(3): 273–297. https://academic.oup.com/joc/article-abstract/69/3/273/5426454

Fu K.W. & Zhu Y. (2020). Did the World Overlook the Media’s Early Warning of COVID–19? Journal of Risk Research, 23(7–8), 1047–1051. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13669877.2020.1756380

Zhu Y., Fu K.W., Grépin K.A., Liang H., Fung C.H. (2020). Limited early warnings and public attention to COVID–19 in China, January–February, 2020: A longitudinal cohort of randomly sampled Weibo users. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 14(5), E24–E27. https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2020.68

Chan C.H., Zhu Y., Chow S.L. & Fu K.W. (2019). The intertwined cyberbalkanizations of Facebook pages and their audience: an analysis of Facebook pages and their audience during the 2014 Hong Kong Occupy Movement. Journal of Computational Social Science. 2(2): 183–205. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42001-019-00043-x

Book Chapter

Zhu Y. (2022). Social Media and State Surveillance in China: The Interplay between Authorities, Businesses and Citizens. In E. Celeste, A. Heldt, & C. I. Keller (Eds.), Constitutionalising Social Media (pp. 199–215). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781509953738.ch-012



RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship :

Funding Agency: Research Grant Council
Amount: 1,219,650 HKD
Year: 2021-2022
Project Title: Network Topology and Norm Dynamics: Examining the Spontaneous
Emergence and Evolution of Social Norms in Networked Movements