Songyin Liu

Songyin Liu

PhD Researcher

Department of Media and Communications

Key Expertise
gender and communication; intersectionality; digital inequality

About me

Research topic

Becoming Authentic: Discourse, Negotiation and Performativity of transgender identity in digital China

Songyin’s primary research interests are communication, digital inequality, gender and queer theories and intersectionality in the Chinese context. His doctoral research focuses specifically on the performative authenticity negotiation of transgender people in their everyday engagements online and offline. Adopting a gender performativity perspective, Songyin aims to explore how identity authenticity is discursively constructed and negotiated by transgender individuals and the mediating role of digital technology in the performative practise of authenticity.

Supervisors: Professor Ellen Helsper and Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser


Songyin holds a double bachelor's degree in Science and Economics and an MSc degree in Journalism and Communication from Peking University, China. Previously, he worked in several NGOs and an Internet company in China. His doctoral project is fully funded by the LSE PhD Studentship.

Expertise Details

gender and communication; intersectionality; digital inequality


  • Chen, Y. (2012, July). The tendency of media social movement in China: A case study of Wenzhou high- speed train crash. Paper presented at the annual conference of Chinese Communication Society, Taichung, Taiwan.

  • Chen, Y. (2016). Invisible stability maintenance: Framing mass incidents in Chinese market-oriented media. Unpublished master’s thesis, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.