Dr Lei Hao

Teaching Fellow in Digital Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

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Dr. Lei Hao earned his Ph.D. in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. Situated at the intersection of technicity and identity formation, his research scrutinizes the intricate relationships between media technology and human subjectivity. He is the author of the monograph "Minzu as Technology: Ethnic Identity and Social Media in Post-2000s China," which offers a critical examination of how technological dynamics of social media affect the materialization of ethnic identities.

His ongoing research is expanding into a second book that delves into the adoption and implementation of blockchain technology in China, a project anchored by empirical findings from his hands-on experience in various blockchain initiatives.

In addition to his academic contributions, Dr. Hao has cultivated substantial industry synergies through direct knowledge exchange. With over six years of entrepreneurial expertise in both China and the UK, he has held positions such as the Head of Chinese Operations at IOHK, a leading engineering firm specializing in blockchain technology. He was the founder of Access Digital Ltd, a consultancy company that provided insights into areas of marketing and technology. He also established Yuanju Technology Ltd, a software engineering venture focused on computational media applications. 

Research Interests

  • Networked Ethnicity
  • Cinematic Representations of Ethnic Minorities
  • Streaming Media Platforms
  • Cultural Representation of Northeast China
  • Tibetan New Wave Cinema
  • Sociocultural Dimensions of Blockchain Technologies

Expertise Summary

The Use of Media Technology; Ethnic Identity; Blockchain; Streaming Media; Cultural Studies


Undergraduate 2022-2023:

  • INCM1031: Media and Society
  • INCM2026: Researching Communications 1
  • INCM2025: Understanding the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • BA Dissertation supervision

Postgraduate 2022-2023:

  • INCM4038  Media and Communication Research Methods 1
  • MA Dissertation supervision
  • PhD Supervision 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK (FHEA), Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 24 Feb 2023

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  • Staff


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