Copenhagen ADI Conference 2016
8th annual international ADI conference
Asian Dynamics Initiative
University of Copenhagen 20-22 June 2016

Dynamics and drivers of change in Chinese politics

Session 4 – 22 June, 13:15-15:15 - Room: 22.0.47

Round-table Discussion: Researching Politics and (Big) Data in China/Asia: Opportunities and Challenges

Organizer and Chair: Jun Liu, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen.


  • Christian Göbel, professor, East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
  • Lauri Paltemaa, Professor, Contemporary Chinese History, University of Turku 
  • Jun Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen

Rationale: The widespread adoption of digital technologies have given rise to a new combination of (big) data and computational practices which allow for massive data collection and sophisticated computational modeling in researching and analyzing politics. In practice, it not only provides exciting opportunities to re-invigorate politics research, but also poses new challenges for researchers to handle, process, and interpret data.

The round-table discussion invites leading scholars in researching politics in Asia by using (big) data to critically reflect upon the practice of using (big) data to do research on Asian societies.