Paul Gardner

Research title

Information control and Party-state legitimacy in China

Research summary

Research Topic 

Legitimmating authoritarian rule: How the Chinese Communist Party controls information to enhance its legitimacy

Reseach Interests

  • Propoganda and censorship in China
  • Chinese media
  • Social Media in China
  • Authoritarian legitimation 

Publications

Book review

Gardner, P., 2018. Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism by Maria Repnikova, (2017). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 13(1), pp.54–59 (https://www.westminsterpapers.org/articles/10.16997/wpcc.279/)


Grants

2016

ESRC funded advanced Content Analysis course at Loughborough University

2017 

University of Glasgow Conference and Fieldwork Fund: £500 funding to attend Spring School on Media Systems at the University of Perugia, Italy

University of Glasgow Research Incentivisation Fund: £200 funding for language classes with the Confucius Institute

University of Glasgow New Initiatives Fund: £1,000 funding secured for the Scottish Centre for China Research Postgraduate Network to pay for speakers

Research Incentivisation Fund: £400 funding to invite speakers on the Chinese media to the University of Glasgow

2018

Great Britain China Educational Trust: £2,000 funding for a 14 week language course at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, China from February 2018

University of Glasgow study abroad funding: £500 funding towards the 14 week language course at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, China from April 2018

University of Glasgow Conference and Fieldworkd Fund: £250 funding for language classes with the Confucius Institute

2019

Universities' China Committee in London: £1,953 funding for a 10-day Summer school on the Media at Peking University in Beijing, July 2019

 


Conferences

Presentation on PhD research Spring School on Media Systems at the University of Perugia, Italy in April 2017

 Presentation on early research findings Summer School on the Media at Peking University in Beijing, in July 2019

 


Teaching

General Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow: 11 full semester classes for Introduction to Politics (2017/18; 2018/19 and 2019/20); 4 full semester classes for Comparative Politics (2018/19)

Lecture and seminars on the media in authoritarian states as part of an MSc module on Media and Democracy at the University of Glasgow (2017/18; 2018/19 and 2019/20) and for an undergraduate Politics, Communication and Democracy course (2018/19)

Lecture and seminars on the Chinese media for an MSc module on Chinese politics (2019/20)

Lecture on Chinese state and society for a first-year undergraduate course (2019/20)

Lecture on ‘Censorship, diversity and market concentration’ as part of an undergraduate course on Media Ethics at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, China (2017/18)

 

Tutor at Glasgow International College: 10 full semester politics classes for Foundation and pre-masters students, teaching international students (2018/19 and 2019/20) and Learning Adviser for 24 students (2019/20)


Additional information

Paul Gardner is a former political journalist, latterly working as the Deputy Editor of the BBC’s flagship weekly political programme, which was presented by Jon Humphrys. He has also been a Special Adviser at HM Treasury, working for Kenneth Clarke. Most recently he has run a public relations agency. He has a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MBA from the University of Bradford Management School and an MSc in Chinese Studies from the University of Glasgow.

Convenor for the Scottish Centre for China Research Postgraduate Network (2016-2018) (https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/sccr/postgraduatenetwork/)