Dr Xiudian Dai

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 465594

Having completed his PhD at the University of Sussex, Xiudian started his academic career in 1994 as a lecturer in the former Department of European Studies at the University of Hull.

He then joined the Department of Politics and International Studies in 2001 as senior lecturer.

Xiudian's main teaching and research interests are the politics and political economy of new information and communications technologies (ICTs) in general and the politics of the internet in particular.

His research and teaching also covers Chinese politics and China's foreign relations.


Research Interests

  • Chinese politics
  • EU-China relations
  • Social media and political communication
  • Politics and political economy of information and communications technologies (ICTs), especially the Internet
  • Chinese and European technology policy
  • Chinese policy on climate change


Dai X, The Digital Revolution and Governance, Ashgate (2000)

Dai X, Corporate Strategy, Public Policy and New Technologies: Philips and the European Consumer Electronics Industry, Pergamon (1996)

Dai X and Norton P (eds), The Internet and Parliamentary Democracy in Europe: A Comparative Study of the Ethics of Political Communication in the Digital Age, Routledge (2010)

Dai X, Globalisation in Eurasia and the Pacific Rim: Innovation, World Scientific/Imperial College Press (2015)

Dai X, 'Politics of Digital Development: Informatisation and Governance in China', Digital World: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights, Youngs G (ed), pp34-51, Routledge (2013)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Challenges in International Politics (MA/Level 7, Coordinator)
  • China: Once and Future Superpower? (Level 6)
  • Understanding China (Level 5)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (Level 4, Coordinator)
  • Comparative Legislatures (Block taught: the Chinese Legislature)
  • Introduction to International Relations (Tutorial classes)

Research PhDs

Xiudian welcomes applications for postgraduate supervision in his specialist areas of research.

Completed PhDs

  • J Shahin, EU Governance of the Internet
  • M Barker, The Politics of Digital Convergence Governance in Malaysia
  • A Hewitson, Transnationalisation of European Governance: TeleCities (jointly with D Gibbs)
  • X Yan, The Intellectual Foundations of the Chinese National People's Congress (jointly with P Norton)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Y Li, Chinese Politics of Grievance Redressing in the Digital Age: Case Study of Xi'an
  • Y Zhen, The Chinese Solar Power Industry: Dezhou and Beijing


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Diploma in UK Higher Education

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Nankai)
  • MA (Nankai)
  • PhD (Sussex)

External roles

  • External Examiner at UniversitiTeknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia
  • Visiting Scholar at Hsuan Chuang University, Taiwan
  • Visiting Scholar at Hunan University, China