Hepeng Jia


  • B.A., Journalism, University of International Relations, Beijing, 1994
  • M.A., Intellectual History, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 1999

Research Interests

As a veteran science journalist, I am particularly interested in the paradoxes related to science controversies. My ongoing research may suggest that S&T have been deeply integrated in the society and people’s perception on science is always shaped by other social priorities. Thus, science controversies in the public domain are also a reflection of people’s protests against the hegemony that has ideologized science.

Selected Publications


  • Jia, H. & Zhang, Z. (2011): Professional reporting of global issues -- climate change journalism, co-authored, Guangzhou: Nanfang Daily Press.  This is the first guidebook of climate change reporting in China.
  • Jia, H. & Tan, Y. (2011): Science in Controversies, Beijing: Popular Science Press.

Selected peer-reviewed papers published or accepted:

  • Jia, H., Yan, J. (2016). The theoretical development of science communication. In Tang., X. (eds.) Annual Review of Journalism Communication Studies 2014 (pp.170—182). Beijing: Social Sciences Press. (In Chinese)
  • Jia, H., Miao, W., Zhang, Z. a., & Cao, Y. (2016). Road to international publications: an empirical study of Chinese communication scholars. Asian Journal of Communication, 1-21. doi:10.1080/01292986.2016.1242020
  • Jia, H., Yan, J. (2016). Tracing origins and transformations of science communication scholarship and its chances for China. Journalism & Communication, accepted for publication. (In Chinese)
  • Jia, H.; Liu, L. (2014) “Unbalanced Progress: the hard road from science popularization to public engagement in China,” Public Understanding of Science, 23 (1): 32-37.


  • 2016 Field Study Fellowship, East Asian Program, Cornell University (US$13,000).
  • 2011-2012 Knight Science Journalism Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), August 2011-May 2012
  • 2011 Science Journalism Laureate: Awarded by Purdue University in November 9.
  • 2010 National Award in Science Popularization in China, awarded by the Ministry of S&T and China Association for S&T in April 20.
  • 2006 Reuters IUCN Media Awards for Excellence in Environmental Reporting (Going Against the Flow, Science, Vol. 313, 25 August 2006)