Pu Yan

Pu Yan is an OII DPhil student. She is interested in how ICTs have changed Chinese interpersonal relationships (guanxi) and transformed the everyday information practices in rural and urban China.

Pu Yan is an OII DPhil student. She is interested in how ICTs have changed Chinese interpersonal relationships (guanxi) and transformed the everyday information practices in rural as well as in urban China.

Prior to joining the OII DPhil programme and Linacre College, she obtained an undergraduate degree (Honor) in Journalism from Tsinghua University in 2014, and a Master degree (Distinction) in Social Science of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute in 2015.

During her undergraduate years, Pu worked as as intern for several Chinese newspapers, including Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily, and Ta Kung Pao. Her previous research has focused on the influence of ICT on Chinese rural migrant workers under the background of the Chinese urbanization process. She has also conducted researches on Chinese hyper-social youth, and on the resettlement after the South-to-North Water Diversion Project.

In her masters thesis, Pu employed a linguistic approach to explore popular discourses on Guanxi, and took a comparative approach to examine guanxi in Mainland China and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Pu Yan is grateful for full founding support from the Chinese Scholarship Council.

Research interests

mobile communication in rural China, everyday information practices, semantic network analysis

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2015 –
  • MSc student, October 2014 – September 2015

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