Dr Yanling Yang

Leverhulme Research Fellow, Institute for Media and Creative Industries

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Yanling's main research interests include film industries, cultural policy, digital media, soft power and international communication.

Yanling obtained her PhD in 2017 from the School of Media and Communication University of Leeds. Her thesis 'Film as an instrument of China’s soft power: practice, outcomes and dilemmas’ analysed the role of film as an instrument of nation’s soft power with a focus on China. The study combines a document analysis of China’s cultural policy since 1949, semi-structured interviews with key players in China’s film industry and a secondary data analysis to evaluate the potential of film as an instrument of China’s soft power. This research brings together her main research interests: film industry, cultural policy, digital media, soft power and international communication.

Academic background

Dr. Yanling Yang obtained her PhD at the School of Media and Communication University of Leeds in 2017.

Yanling has a teaching qualification in Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). She also has teaching experience in the following: 

Introduction to Marketing Communication (undergrad. H4)

Individual Project (undergrad. H6)

Introduction to Cinema (undergrad.COMM1830),

Studying Media (undergrad.COMM1960),

Working in Digital Media (undergrad. COMM2700).

Current research and collaborations

Dr. Yanling Yang is working on her research project: film co-productions as soft power for the UK and China. She works closely with film policy makers and practitioners in both nations.

Interests and activities

Yanling is involved with the AHRC-funded research network entitled “Soft Power, Cinema and the BRICS”; China-UK HiTECH Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum; UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association Cultural Policy Researchers Forum; and Soft Power and Public Diplomacy Research Group. 

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