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Bu, Wei, professor at the Institute of Journalism and Communication (IJC), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and director of the Research Center for Children and Media, based at the IJC of CASS; guest professor of the Nordic Institute for Asia Studies in Denmark.
I mainly do researches on the Development Communication. Since 1990, I published over 10 books and 200 articles on ICT/communication for Development, children/youth’s use of media/ICTs and their sub-culture, participatory communication, media empowerment for marginal groups, feminist media studies, media literacy education, NGOs’ communication activisms, art activism for social changes, working class cultural studies, communication for participation into global governance, and communication research methodology.
Since 1999, I has worked for UNICEF as consultant on communication and children’s participation program (1999-2001)，child protection (2002-2003:Child Protection and Media Advocacy，Child Trafficking Issue; 2006-2012: violence against children, abroad and domestic trafficking of children), HIV/AIDS and Children (2001; 2006-2007), Girl’s Development (2004-2006), also gender consultant and trainer for the Ford Foundation (2004；2010；2011；2012；2013).
Since 2007 my research focuses on bottom up communication campaigns and media convergence by migrant workers and other marginal groups to improve public health and HIV/AIDS prevention/intervention, reduce violence against children and women, deliver social welfare, combat trafficking in women and children, develop working class culture and media literacy. At present, I has been director of some research projects Marginal People and Media Empowerment: China Migrant Workers Research (2007-2013), Communication and Development (2009-2014) and Communication and Development in China (2013-2015), sponsored by the CASS. In the Department of Journalism and Communication of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, I opened two courses for master and Ph.D students: Doing Studies on Communications (with Liu Xiaohong) and Communication for Development.
I am also an activist in the practice on communication and development. Worked with peasants, workers, migrants, trafficking of women, minorities, rural youth, people with HIV/AIDS and other groups, I explored the theories, models, and action guidelines through pilot practice and action researches. Since 1997, I has conducted over 200 participatory training workshops on human rights, ending violence against women and children, fighting with human trafficking, children’s rights, media watch, HIV/AIDS and youth, gender equity, and NGO’s communication and advocacy strategies.