Research expertise: Internet and platform governance, social media, media manipulation, content moderation, privacy and surveillance, information control, digital security training, Chinese politics, Canada-China relations, Asian diaspora communities and identity politics.
Geographical focus: Asia Pacific with a particular interest in China
Academic background: Communications & political science trained
Research methods and tools: Open-source intelligence, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis (STATA, SPSS), social media research (NodeXL, Gephi, ForSight)
"From Within: Improving Canadians' Attitudes Towards China" (Co-authored with Karl Yan), Moving Forward: Issues in Canada-China Relations, 2015, 103-110.
Papers & Op-eds
Ruan Lotus, Knockel J, Crete-Nishihata M. Information control by public punishment: The logic of signalling repression in China. China Information. 2021;35(2):133-157. doi:10.1177/0920203X20963010
Jia, Lianrui and Ruan, Lotus (2020) Going Global: Comparing Chinese Mobile Applications’ Data and User Privacy Governance at Home and Abroad. Internet Policy Review, 9(3). DOI:10.14763/2020.3.1502
Ruan, Lotus, Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Jeffrey Knockel, Ruohan Xiong, and Jakub Dalek. “The Intermingling of State and Private Companies: Analysing Censorship of the 19th National Communist Party Congress on WeChat.” The China Quarterly, 2020, 1–30. doi:10.1017/S0305741020000491.
- initiated ty the Institute of Asian Research & the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia
- focuses on continuing efforts, begun in 2014, to consider the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative application in Mongolia