Thesis Title
Between Orwellian nightmare and Legalist dream: The Political Economy of Data and Trust in China’s Social Credit System

Research Description
The main aim of this doctoral dissertation is to understand whether China’s emerging social credit system (SCS) presents a unique development within the rise of data-driven governance systems around the world, taking into consideration the specific historical, cultural, and philosophical context of mainland China. This dissertation seeks to use a mixed methods approach together with theories and methodologies from Chinese studies and social studies of technology in order to analyse practices of accumulating, performing, and governing through data in China’s emerging SCS

Prof Haiqing Yu, RMIT University
Dist Prof Julian Thomas, RMIT University