Ziwei (Zoe) Xu

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Ziwei (Zoe) Xu
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Ziwei joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2021. She studied her MA at Newcastle University in 2019. Her research interests are gender studies, Chinese feminism on social media, representation and self-representation, social media censorship. 

Her PhD research explores women’s perceptions of traditional gender roles in contemporary China, and women’s use of social media to express their views on gendered social dynamics. 


MA Media and Public Relations, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Research interests
  • Representation and self-representation 
  • Gender equality and gender roles 
  • Chinese social media censorship
  • Chinese feminism
  • Semiotics

Thesis title: How do women use social media to challenge traditional gender roles in China?

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Teaching activities

Seminar leader for the module SCS 21003 Sociology of the Media and Consumer Culture
Seminar leader for the module SCS 1015 Doing Social Research