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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:

  • Jia, H., Shi, L., & Wang, D. (2018). Passive communicators: Investigating the interaction of Chinese scientists with the media. Science Bulletin, 63(7), 402-404.
  • Jia, H., Wang, D., Miao, W., & Zhu, H. (2017). Encountered but not engaged: A qualitative study on the use of social media for science communication. Science Communication, 39(5), 646-672.
  • Jia, H., Miao, W. (2017). Theoretical origins of science communication, risk communication and health communication and their inspirations to Chinese communication studies. Chinese Journal of Journalism & Communication, 39(2): 66-89. (In Chinese)
  • Jia, H., Yan, J. (2017). Origin and reform of science communication and chances for China. Journalism & Communication, 24(2): 68-80. (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, 27(2), 172-192.
  • 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.


  • 2017 Best Paper Award by Journalism & Communication (top Chinese communication journal)
  • 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)

Conference Involvement

  • Jia, H., Shi, L., & Wang, D. (2018). Examining Chinese scientists’ media behaviors: Institutional support and media experience predict involvement. Paper to be presented at the 2018 annual conference of AEJMC, Washington D C. August 6-9.
  • Jia, H., Lewenstein, B., & Yan, J. (2017). When scientific uncertainty came to media: Interpretative flexibility and Beijing’s air pollution controversy. Paper presented at the 2017 annual conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, CA. May 25-29.
  • Jia, H., & Miao, W. (2017). Local discourse community, legitimate peripheral participation and Chinese communication scholars’ international publication: A sociopolitical examination. Paper presented at the 2017 annual conference of International Communication Association, San Diego, CA. May 25-29.