Professor Hugo de Burgh

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Hugo de Burgh BA (Hons) MA PhD FRSA is Professor of the Study of Journalism and Director of the China Media Centre. He is one of a small number of academics who have pioneered the study of the Chinese media outside the Chinese world. Hugo de Burgh's research examines the roles of journalists, particularly investigative journalists, in both Britain and China. He has published books and academic articles on both.

Hugo de Burgh's current research deals with the ways in which the Chinese media are investigating and reporting environment issues and the impact of this upon Chinese media and government. The adaptation of the Chinese Party and government information systems to these developments and to the effects of growing internet use is a closely related topic and he has recently conducted a case study research project on this in Zhejiang, which he is currently writing up. As an adviser to Chinese media organisations on producers' and journalists' professional development he has also written on this dynamic area.

Hugo de Burgh established the China Media Centre as a focal point for researchers, Visiting Scholars and postgraduates from the Chinese media industries. Started with a grant from the Quintin Hogg Trust and tasked to become self funding, its knowledge transfer and consultancy activities - along with grants for specific projects from RCUK and Leverhulme - now fund the Centre, including staff salaries, scholarships, fee waivers, academic conferences and seminars.

Hugo de Burgh holds a Professorship at Tsinghua University under the Chinese Ministry of Education's 985 programme for bringing 'key knowledge and talents' to China, is International Dean in the School of International Journalism at Xinan University of Policy & Legislation and Honorary Professor of Shandong University. In addition to these leading Chinese academic institutions, he has close working relationships with Fudan University, with whom he set up the first International Media Academic Exchange in 1997, and China Communications University, where a Research Summer School is held each year. In 2010 he was appointed to Chair the Board of the International Accreditation Committee for Media and Communications of Tsinghua University. In 2013 he has been awarded the Honoured Endowment Professorship from two Departments of International Expertise, Peoples Republic of China. He is expected to give ten lectures each year at Tsinghua University and to be in residence for two months.

In the UK has been a Board Member, Great Britain - China Centre (a UK public body), since 2006 and Adviser on Higher Education Links for Communications and Media, British Council. He was responsible for content of the Smith Institute, 11 Downing Street series of 5 seminars Valuing China 2005-6 and initiated and directed The China Impact: The Westminster Hearings on China's Economic Development and the UK, 5 conferences for the All-Party Group on China and the Select Committee for Trade & Industry 2006-7. He was Chair of the (Foreign Office) Global Opportunities Fund Human Rights Project 2005-2007 and recently directed China and the New Green Deal for the All Party Parliamentary Group on China as well as advising the FCO on the latest Wilton Park China conference.

He is regularly a keynote speaker in China at both academic and media institutions. Recent speaking engagements in the UK have been at Oxford University, the Frankfurt Book Fair, Wilton Park, Battle of Ideas, Royal Institute of International Affairs and the All Party Parliamentary Group on China.

Indications of esteem

  • SAFEA Endowment Professor
  • [SAFEA国家外专局National Administration for International Expertise] 2013
  • Visiting Professor, University of Milan, 2012
  • External Examiner for all Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, 2011-
  • Member, Accreditation Board for Communications & Media, Tsinghua University, 2010-
  • Honorary International Dean, International School of Media, Xinan University of Policy & Law, 2010
  • Honorary Fellow, 48 Group, 2008
  • Advisory Board Member, Tsinghua University School of Communications, 2007 - (representing W Europe)
  • Professor in Media, Tsinghua University [PRC 985 International Leading Scholar Programme Second Round/ Specialist Plan for the Introduction of Key Knowledge and Talents] position first taken up April-June 2007
  • Chair, AGORA, the forum for Culture and Education 2004-2009
  • Initiated and directed The China Impact: The Westminster Hearings on China's Economic Development and the UK, 5 conferences for the All-Party Group on China and the Select Committee for Trade & Industry 2006-7, held in Parliament
  • Board Member, Great Britain - China Centre (a UK public body), 2006-
  • Responsible for content of the Smith Institute, 11 Downing Street series of 5 seminars Valuing China 2005-6
  • Chair of the (Foreign Office) Steering Group of Hold the Front Page - Pushing Human Rights up China's News Agenda 2005-2007
  • Honorary Professor, Shandong University, 2005-
  • Validator, Verifier and then External Examiner for NTU degrees delivered abroad, 1997-2004

2018

China’s Manifest Destiny (2018)
de Burgh, H. 2018. China’s Manifest Destiny. Mondo Cinese. Vol. 162 (Year XLV, n. 2), pp. 141-155.
The Return of the Repressed: three examples of how Chinese identity is being reconsolidated for the modern world (2018)
de Burgh, H. and Feng, D. 2018. The Return of the Repressed: three examples of how Chinese identity is being reconsolidated for the modern world. Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies. 31 (6), pp. 146-160.
The Re-imagining of China under President Xi Jinping (2018)
de Burgh, H. 2018. The Re-imagining of China under President Xi Jinping. China Media Research . 14 (1), pp. 104-110.

2012

Responding to an activist public: Hangzhou Press Office rethinks its role (2012)
de Burgh, H., Rong, Z. and Miao, M. 2012. Responding to an activist public: Hangzhou Press Office rethinks its role. Media, Culture & Society. 34 (8), pp. 1013-1027.
Environment correspondents in China in their own words: their perceptions of their role and the possible consequences of their journalism (2012)
de Burgh, H. and Rong, Z. 2012. Environment correspondents in China in their own words: their perceptions of their role and the possible consequences of their journalism. Journalism: theory, practice & criticism. 13 (8), pp. 1004-1023.
Chinese television 'internationalization' and the search for creativity (2012)
de Burgh, H., Rong, Z. and Siming, C. 2012. Chinese television 'internationalization' and the search for creativity. Creative Industries Journal. 4 (2), pp. 137-154.

2007

Looking at China, looking at the Chinese media (2007)
de Burgh, H. 2007. Looking at China, looking at the Chinese media. China Media Research. 3 (1).

2006

News probe: what does it tell us about Chinese journalism today? (2006)
de Burgh, H. and Xin, X. 2006. News probe: what does it tell us about Chinese journalism today? Medien Journal. 30 (2-3), pp. 52-66.

2004

Can vote, won't vote: is the media to blame? (2004)
de Burgh, H., Gabor, I. and Wright, D. 2004. Can vote, won't vote: is the media to blame? Public Affairs.
William Cobbett: Wegbereiter des investigativen journalismus in England (2004)
de Burgh, H. 2004. William Cobbett: Wegbereiter des investigativen journalismus in England. Message: Internationale Fachzeitschrift fur Journalismus. 3, pp. 114-116.
The documentary as 'amplification': holding the baby and politics of attachment (2004)
de Burgh, H. 2004. The documentary as 'amplification': holding the baby and politics of attachment. Contemporanea: revisita de comunicacao e cultura. 2 (1), pp. 139-159.
Ruhm, Flucht und Gefangnis: William Cobbett, der erste investigative journalist (2004)
de Burgh, H. 2004. Ruhm, Flucht und Gefangnis: William Cobbett, der erste investigative journalist. Internationale Fachzeitschrift fur Journalismus. 3, pp. 114-116.
Is the media to blame? (2004)
de Burgh, H. 2004. Is the media to blame? Public Affairs.

2003

The Journalist in China: looking to the past for inspiration (2003)
de Burgh, H. 2003. The Journalist in China: looking to the past for inspiration. Media History. 9 (3), pp. 195-207.
Kings without crowns? The re-emergence of investigative journalism in China (2003)
de Burgh, H. 2003. Kings without crowns? The re-emergence of investigative journalism in China. Media, Culture & Society. 25 (6), pp. 801-820.
Great aspirations and conventional repertoires: Chinese regional television journalists and their work (2003)
de Burgh, H. 2003. Great aspirations and conventional repertoires: Chinese regional television journalists and their work. Journalism Studies. 4 (2), pp. 225-238.
Skills are not enough: the case for journalism as an academic discipline (2003)
de Burgh, H. 2003. Skills are not enough: the case for journalism as an academic discipline. Journalism: theory, practice & criticism. 4 (1), pp. 95-112.

2002

Reporting the 'other' in the age of globalisation (2002)
de Burgh, H. 2002. Reporting the 'other' in the age of globalisation. Chinese Journal of Media Studies.

2018

China's Media Go Global (2018)
Thussu, D., de Burgh, H. and Shi, A. (ed.) 2018. China's Media Go Global. London Routledge.

2017

China's Media in the Emerging World Order (2017)
de Burgh, H. 2017. China's Media in the Emerging World Order. London University of Buckingham Press.

2011

China's environment and China's environment journalists: a study (2011)
de Burgh, H. and Rong, Z. 2011. China's environment and China's environment journalists: a study. Bristol Intellect.

2007

The China impact: China's rise and the future of the UK (2007)
de Burgh, H. (ed.) 2007. The China impact: China's rise and the future of the UK. London McKinsey & Co..
Can the prizes still glitter? The future of British universities in a changing World (2007)
de Burgh, H., Fazackerley, A. and Black, J. (ed.) 2007. Can the prizes still glitter? The future of British universities in a changing World. Buckingham, UK University of Buckingham Press.
Can the prizes still glitter? The future of British Universities in a changing world (2007)
de Burgh, H., Fazackerley, A. and Black, J. (ed.) 2007. Can the prizes still glitter? The future of British Universities in a changing world. Buckingham University of Buckingham Press.

2006

China: friend or foe? (2006)
de Burgh, H. 2006. China: friend or foe? Thriplow, UK Icon.

2005

Making journalists: diverse models, global issues (2005)
de Burgh, H. (ed.) 2005. Making journalists: diverse models, global issues. Abingdon, UK Routledge.
China and Britain: the potential impact of China's development (2005)
de Burgh, H. (ed.) 2005. China and Britain: the potential impact of China's development. London, UK Smith Institute.

2003

The Chinese journalist: mediating information in the world's most populous country (2003)
de Burgh, H. 2003. The Chinese journalist: mediating information in the world's most populous country. London, UK RoutledgeCurzon.

2017

Reflections on the revival of the Chinese Canon (2017)
de Burgh, H. 2017. Reflections on the revival of the Chinese Canon. in: Bulfoni, C., Jin, Z., Lugano, E. and Mottura, B. (ed.) 文心 Wenxin. L'essenza della scrittura Milano, Italy FrancoAngeli. pp. 503-515

2012

Leveson and China. Inquiry as reference in China’s debates over media regulation (2012)
de Burgh, H. 2012. Leveson and China. Inquiry as reference in China’s debates over media regulation. in: Mair, J. (ed.) After Leveson? The future of British journalism London Abramis Academic Publishing. pp. 257-270

2009

Investigative journalism (2009)
de Burgh, H. 2009. Investigative journalism. in: Eadie, W.F. (ed.) 21st century communication: a reference handbook London Sage.

2005

Introduction: journalism and the new cultural paradigm (2005)
de Burgh, H. 2005. Introduction: journalism and the new cultural paradigm. in: de Burgh, H. (ed.) Making journalists: diverse models, global issues London, UK Routledge.

2003

What Chinese journalists believe about journalism (2003)
de Burgh, H. 2003. What Chinese journalists believe about journalism. in: Rawnsley, G.D. and Rawnsley, M.Y.T. (ed.) Political communications in greater China: the construction and reflection of identity London, UK RoutledgeCurzon.

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