Doctor Xiang (Tony) Ren

Doctor Xiang (Tony) Ren

AUT/1H Casual Academic - Unit/Subject 102543/HUMN7011,
Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts


Dr Xiang Ren is Academic Course Advisor for the Master of Cross-Cultural Relations and Research Fellow in Chinese Arts and Culture in the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture. He is also a member of the Institute for Culture and Society. His research interests include digital publishing, open access, cultural globalisation, and Chinese media and creative industries. He has published widely in leading journals like Online Information Review, Media, Culture and Society, Learned Publishing, and Information, Communication & Society. Dr Ren completed his PhD in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at Queensland University of Technology, receiving the University's outstanding doctoral thesis award. This was followed by a research fellowship in the Australian Digital Futures Institute where he conducted conceptual and design-based research on online learning and open scholarship. He is an active advocate of open access and digital publishing innovation and has led and participated in many research and innovation projects in these fields in Australia and China. Prior to his academic career, he spent more than a decade working in the Chinese publishing and media industries as senior editor and sales director. He is also a published fiction author.

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  • PhD Queensland University of Technology
  • MBA Harbin Institute of Technology


  • Chinese media and culture
  • Digital Media
  • Publishing
  • Open Access

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts



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Current Teaching Areas

  • 102543 Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102545 Research Project in Cultural Exchange, 2019
  • 102545 Research Project in Cultural Exchange, 2020


Chapters in Books

  • Ren, X. (2021), 'Chinese teen digital entertainment : rethinking censorship and commercialisation in short video and online fiction', The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children, Routledge 9781138544345.
  • Ren, X. (2020), 'Chinese consumer magazines : digital transitions in an evolving cultural economy', The Handbook of Magazine Studies, Wiley-Blackwell 9781119151524.
  • Ren, X. (2019), 'Publishing and innovation : disruption in the Chinese ebook industry', Publishing and Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781527528048.
  • Terry, F., Ren, X. and Wang, Y. (2019), 'Creative industries in China : the digital turn', A Research Agenda for Creative Industries, Edward Elgar Publishing 9781788118576.
  • Ren, X. (2017), 'Electronic schoolbag and mobile learning in China : design principles and educational innovations', Mobile Learning in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Harnessing Trends and Challenging Orthodoxies, Springer 9789811049439.
  • Ren, X. (2016), 'Disruptive innovation in the Chinese ebook industry ', Transforming Book Culture in China, 1600-2016, Harrassowitz 9783447107280.
  • Ren, X. (2016), 'Between sustaining and disruptive innovation : China's digital publishing industry in the age of mobile Internet', Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in China, Edward Elgar 9781782549857.
  • Ren, X. (2016), 'Quality assessment and certification in open scholarly publishing and inspiration for MOOC credentialing', Open Learning and Formal Credentialing in Higher Education: Curriculum Models and Institutional Policies, IGI Global 9781466688568.
  • Montgomery, L. and Ren, X. (2015), 'The changing role of copyright in China's emergent media economy', Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media, Routledge 9780415520775.

Journal Articles

  • Shim, A., Yecies, B., Ren, X. and Wang, D. (2020), 'Cultural intermediation and the basis of trust among webtoon and webnovel communities', Information, Communication & Society, vol 23, no 6 , pp 833 - 848.
  • Ren, X. (2020), 'Disruption and convergence in the post-digital age : review of digital publishing developments in 2019', View on Publishing, vol 2020, no 5 , pp 10 - 14.
  • Ren, X. (2019), 'The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature, by Angela Carstensen, Chicago, IL, ALA, 2018, 190 pp., US$54.99 (soft cover), ISBN 978-0-8389-1726-8', Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, .
  • Montgomery, L. and Ren, X. (2018), 'Understanding open knowledge in China : a Chinese approach to openness?', Cultural Science, vol 10, no 1 , pp 17 - 26.
  • Ren, X. (2016), 'Copyright, media and modernization in China : a historical review, 1890-2015', Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, vol 7, no 3 , pp 311 - 326.
  • Ren, X. and Montgomery, L. (2015), 'Open access and soft power : Chinese voices in international scholarship', Media, Culture and Society, vol 37, no 3 , pp 394 - 408.
  • Ren, X. (2015), 'Research within the disciplines: Foundations for reference and library instruction (2nd ed.)', Australian Library Journal, vol 64, no 3 , pp 251 - 252.
  • Ren, X. (2015), 'The quandary between communication and certification : individual academics' views on open access and open scholarship', Online Information Review, vol 39, no 5 , pp 682 - 697.
  • Ren, X. (2014), 'Academic libraries in the US and China : comparative studies of instruction, government documents and outreach', Australian Library Journal, vol 63, no 3 , pp 250 - 251.
  • Ren, X. (2014), 'Creative users, social networking, and new models of publishing', Cultural Science, vol 7, no 1 , pp 58 - 67.
  • Ren, X. (2013), 'Beyond online preprints : formalization of open initiatives in China', Learned Publishing, vol 26, no 3 , pp 197 - 205.
  • Ren, X. and Montgomery, L. (2012), 'Chinese online literature : creative consumers and evolving business models', Arts Marketing: An International Journal, vol 2, no 2 , pp 118 - 130.

Conference Papers

  • Ren, X. (2019), 'Transmedia online literature in China and global platform ecosystems', World Literatures and the Global South Conference, University of Sydney.
  • Ren, X. (2019), 'From open knowledge sharing to semi-closed grouping : the evolution of academic social media in China', Internet Research Conference, Brisbane, Qld..
  • Ren, X. (2018), 'Rethinking digital literary sphere : Internet platforms and Chinese online writing and reading', Asian Studies Association of Australia. Conference, University of Sydney.
  • Ren, X. (2015), 'Open and interactive publishing as a catalyst for educational innovations', Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference, Perth, W.A..
  • Ren, X. (2013), 'Beyond open access : open publishing and the future of digital scholarship', Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: How does Chinese Art Exhibitions Interact with Australian Social and Political Change: A Case Study of Chinese Art Exhibitions in the AGNSW
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: MRES International coursework
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Risk-Taking Performances in Chinese Video Streaming: A Study on Streamer-Viewer Interactions
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts

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