Dr Xiang Ren

Profile photo of Xiang RenDr Xiang Ren is a researcher and experienced publisher, working on the digital and open transformation of publishing and knowledge systems. He joined ICS in 2017 and currently holds a position of Academic Course Advisor of Master of Chinese Cultural Relations and Research Fellow in the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University, where he researches and teaches on various aspects of Chinese media and culture. His research interests include: Chinese digital publishing and writing, open access, creative industries, and media globalisation. He has published widely on relevant topics.

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 open publishing 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 in Chinese.


  • PhD, 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • MA, 2005, University of Westminster, the UK
  • MBA, 2004, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • BEng, 1996, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013: Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
  • 2005: Master with Distinction in Communication, University of Westminster

Selected Publications

Ren, X & Montgomery, L (2018), Open knowledge and digital China: open access, networked technologies, and the transitions of publishing and scholarship, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

Ren, X 2017, 'Electronic schoolbag and mobile learning in China: design principles and educational innovations', in A Murphy, H Farley, LE Dyson & H Jones (eds), Mobile learning in higher education in the Asia-Pacific region: harnessing trends and challenging orthodoxies, Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 69-87.

Ren, X 2017, 'Competition and collaboration between commercial publishing and open knowledge: a review of scientific publishing in 2016' (opens in a new window), Science Technology and Publication, no. 2, pp. 4-9.

Ren, X 2017, 'The Film and TV Adaptations of Chinese Online Literature: Big IP, Transmedia, and Platform Capitalism', International Conference of Collaboration and Competition in the Cultural and Creative Industries, Shanghai, China.

Ren, X 2017, 'Open Knowledge and Digital China: Open Access, Networked Technologies and the Transformation of Publishing and Scholarship', Western Sydney University.

Ren, X 2016, 'Digital scholarly communication and publishing transformation: academic book publishing in 2015', Science Technology and Publication, no. 2, pp 4-8.

Ren, X 2016, 'Disruptive innovation in the Chinese eBook industry', in C Haug & V Kaufmann (eds), Kodex 2016: transforming book culture in China, 1600-2014, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, pp. 249-264.

Ren, X 2016, 'Between sustaining and disruptive innovation: China's digital publishing industry in the age of mobile Internet' (opens in a new window), in M Keane (ed.), Handbook of cultural and creative industries in China, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 377-395.

Ren, X 2016, 'Quality assessment and certification in open scholarly publishing and inspiration for MOOC credentialing' (opens in a new window), in S Reushle, A Antonio & M Keppell (eds), Open learning and formal credentialing in higher education: curriculum models and institutional policies, IGI Global, Hershey, pp. 245-262.

Ren, X 2016, 'Copyright, media and modernization in China: a historical review, 1890 to 2015' (opens in a new window), Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 311–326.

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