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Dr Lei Hao obtained his PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His research looks at the dynamic relationship between technology and subjectivity, especially the role of technicity in the process of subject formation, focusing on the debates around the politics of retention on subject formation. Methodologically, he develops a post-phenomenological approach from Cultural Studies to understanding the changing role of media technologies in society, culture and the economy. This being so, his research interests fall into three main strands: ethnicity in increasingly mediated contemporary cultures; communication and power in blockchain; digital media and creative labour.


Based on his academic research, Dr Hao has worked closely with the industry to make direct knowledge exchange. With over six years of entrepreneurial experience in China and the UK, Dr Hao's professional background includes the Head of Chinese Operations in IOHK, an engineering company that builds blockchain technology. He is the founder of Access Digital Ltd, a consultancy company that provides insights into areas of marketing and technology. He has also founded Yuanju Technology Ltd, a software engineering company that builds applications for computational media.


Since 2012 he has been teaching Communications and Technology at the University of Leicester, University of Bedfordshire, and University College Dublin. Currently, he teaches Media and Society (INCM1031); Understanding the Creative and Cultural Industries (INCM2025); Communication and Technology (INCM1032), Researching Communications1(INCM2026), Researching Communications 2 (INCM2027) and Public Relations and Propaganda ( INCM2029 ) at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Dr Hao also serves as Research Fellow at the Institute for Mobile Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Research Fellow at Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China.






Minzu as Technology: The Questions of Ethnic Identity in China   


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Ethnic Identity Formation in China

Virtual Gifting on China’s Live Streaming Platforms


An Emerging Technocracy with Blockchain Technology for Decentralised Politics? A Case of the Appropriation of Blockchain Technology in China 



Dr.Hao gives talks, moderates panels, and appears on TV shows & podcasts regularly. Please use the contact form to get in touch about a speaking engagement. We look forward to hearing from you!


Informed by his empirical research on the intersections of emerging technologies, human behaviour, innovation, regulation, values, risk and ethics, Dr.Hao speaks to audiences around the world about how to make sense of technology and how it impacts and shapes our current and future socio-economic and socio-cultural lives.




“Want to Enter the Chinese Tech Scene? Insight on a Perfect Startup Pitch” Business Communication (EDEN2002), University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, March 14, 2022

“Streaming Platform: A Case Study in Studying Cultural Industries ” Researching Communications, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, November 22, 2021

"To Understand the Politics of Ethnic Signifier from Minority Nationalities Films to Ethnic Minority Language Films in China”, Understand the Creative Industries, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, November 1, 2021


“The Issue of Race and Ethnicity in China”, Decolonizing the University: Translating Theory into Practice round-table series, University of Nottingham UK and the University of Connecticut, Oct 25, 2021

“Introducing Cultural Studies and Critical theories ” Researching Communications, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, Oct 11, 2021

"Contextualisation: Doing Cultural Studies in the Digital Age", 2021 Young Researcher Leadership Summit, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, July 13, 2021  


“The Concretisation of Blockchain Technology in Chinese Technoliberalist Crypto Space”, The Migration Conference 2021, London, July 8, 2021 


“Why We Need Reflective Thinking”, GiGroup Executive Training Programme, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, May 21, 2021


“The Affect of Media Technology on the Discourses of Ethnicity in PRC: From Seventeen Period to the Millennium,” 100 Years of Chinese Film& Screen: Past, Present, and Futures, UNNC, May 14, 2021 

“Blockchain Technology Hijacked by Bitcoin”, The Digital Economy Lecture of Advanced Technologies and their impact on Business, Business School, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, April 20, 2021

“Media, Race and Ethnicity in PRC”, Lecture on Media and Texts: Culture, International Communications, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Ningbo, March 30, 2021


“An Emerging Technocracy with Blockchain Technology for Decentralised Politics? A Case of the Appropriation of Blockchain Technology in China ”, IAMCR, Tampere University, Jul 13, 2020

“The Implementation of Blockchain Technology in China,” 15th ITS Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Bangkok, Oct 29, 2019 


“The Appropriation of the Technology and Concept of Bitcoin in China: What It Facilitates in the Social Level,” New York University Shanghai, Sep 23, 2019


“Online Gifting Practices on China’s Live Streaming Platforms” The Platformization of Chinese Society Conference, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, April 12, 2018


“Platformization, Digital Capitalism and Live Streaming Technology in China: The Rise and the Fall of Hanmai Live Streaming Performances in China ” VIRAL/GLOBAL Popular Cultures and Social Media Conference, University of Westminster, London, UK, Sept 13, 2017


“Digital Minzu:  Individuation and Situated Becoming in the Practices of Computer-Mediated Sibe Language,” International Social Media & Society Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK, July 12, 2016


“A Genealogy of Minzu Discourse in China,” MeCCSA 2014 Conference, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK, Jan 9, 2014

“Rhizomatic Connection and Situated Becoming in Chinese Ethnic Minorities Digital Self-led Ethnogenesis,” MeCCSA-PGN 2012 Conference, University of Loughborough, UK, Sep17, 2012