Prof. ZHANG Xinzhi (張昕之)

BA (Guangzhou University, China), MA and PhD (City University of Hong Kong) 
Visiting address
Phone: +852 34426129

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on political communication, digital journalism, public health campaigns, AI policy and regulation, and computational social science. His research examines citizens’ digitally mediated communication about politics and public health; and how digital technologies—especially Generative AI and social media—change news production and dissemination. His research aims to empower ordinary citizens by promoting deliberative dialogues within society and helps governmental institutions, news organizations, technology companies, and start-ups design and evaluate communication campaigns and regulatory policies and conduct evidence-based interventions to reduce bias, inequalities, and miscommunication.

His work has appeared in top-tier journals such as Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Social Media + Society, Digital Journalism, Health Communication, and Social Science Computer Review. He was awarded two competitive research grants under the General Research Fund (GRF) from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the Hong Kong SAR, and one grant from the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR) of the Hong Kong SAR Government. He has won the Best Paper Awards at the annual main conferences of the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).  

Before joining CityU, Dr. Zhang was an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Journalism and the Department of Interactive Media in the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he was also the founding Programme Director of the Master of Science (MSc) in AI and Digital Media, the first postgraduate programme in Hong Kong focusing on AI technologies and their applications in digital media, human communication, and innovation for entrepreneurship. During his directorship, the programme was selected for sponsorship under the University Grants Committee’s (UGC) Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme. He has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Communication of the University of California at Davis in the US in 2022. 

He serves as the Editorial Board Member of Human Communication Research, Digital Journalism, and Chinese Journal of Communication.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Digital journalism
  • Political communication
  • Public health campaign
  • AI law and policy
  • AI alignment and regulation
  • Innovation and social impacts
  • Computational social science
  • Comparative media studies

Services in CityU

  • Director of Research, Department of Media and Communication