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Sibo Chen

Sibo Chen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University. As a critical communication scholar by training, his areas of interest include Public Communication of Climate and Energy Policy, Risk and Crisis Communication, Transcultural Political Economy, and Critical Discourse Analysis. Currently, he serves as Executive Board Member of the International Environmental Communication Association, external link as well as Co-Chair of the Emerging Scholar Network section in the International Association for Media and Communication Research, external link

Research Interest

My current research explores how political polarization is communicated in the public sphere, focusing on three topics: Political contention over climate change, the rise of anti-Asian racism, and online disinformation.

Selected Publications (also see, external link)

  • Chen, S., & Wu, C. (2021). #StopAsianHate: Understanding the global rise of anti-Asian racism from a transcultural communication perspective. Journal of Transcultural Communication, Online First.
  • Chen, S., & Zhao, Y. (2021). China’s ecological civilization: A blindspot in global environmental discourse”. Environmental Communication, Online First.
  • Chen, S. (2020). Debating resource-driven development: A comparative analysis of media coverage on the Pacific Northwest LNG project in British Columbia. Frontiers in Communication (Science and Environmental Communication Section), 5, article 66.
  • Chen, S. (2019). How to discredit a social movement: Negative framing of “Idle No More” in Canadian print media. Environmental Communication, 13(2), 144-151.
  • Chen, S. (2018). Exploring the formation of the “leave-it-to-experts” storyline during the initial outbreak of the 2013 smog hazard in Beijing. Chinese Journal of Communication, 11(4), 385-399.
  • Chen, S. (2017). Toward multiple conceptions of the human–nature relationship: The "human–nature unity" frame in a Chinese village. International Journal of Communication, 11, 4481–4498.
  • Chen, S. (2016). Selling the environment: Green marketing discourse in China's automobile advertising. Discourse, Context & Media, 12, 11-19.
  • Chen, S. & Gunster, S. (2016). “Ethereal carbon”: legitimizing liquefied natural gas in British Columbia. Environmental Communication, 10(3), 305-321.