Associate Professor Shuang Liu

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
shuang.liu@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68242

Overview

Shuang is an internationally recognised intercultural communication expert, specialing in the areas of ageing and immigration, acculturation, identity negotiation, and intercultural relations. More specifically, her research examines how older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds build a sense of home as they live and age in a foreign land; how family and community care can be best integrated to provide culturally appropriate care for older people; how older people interact with their physical, social, and cultural environment to develop attachment to home and place; and the consequences of these interactions for well-being. Shuang's work has been published in high-ranking international journals, and two sole authored books: Identity, hybirdity and cultural home (2015; Rowman & Littlefield) and Chinese migrants ageing in a foreign land (2019; Routledge). The textbook, Introducing intercultural communication: Global cultures and contexts, which she co-authored with two colleagues is in its 3rd edition, and adopted in 26 countries across 4 continents, with holdings in libraries of prestigeous institutions including Stanford University, Yale University, University of Oxford, University of Cape Town, and University of Zurich. Shuang is a fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Research.

Shuang welcomes inquires from prospective Honours or Higher Degreee by Research students who are interested in working with her on their theses in any of the related research areas.

Research Interests

  • Older migrants ageing in a foreign land
    Shuang undertakes research in the areas of the ageing experiences of older migrants as they live and age in a foreign land. Her research is interdisciplinary, integrating theories of acculturation, gerontology, and intercultural communication to identify enables and barriers to ageing well in a foreign land, especially how we can improve social and cultural connectedness among older people to reduce social isolation and improve well-being. In addition to contribution to theories, Shuang's research outcomes have implications for aged care providers, and policy-makers, in terms of informing the delivery of culturally appropriate care to older people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and tailoring services to the needs of the diverse ageing population.
  • Acculturation of Chinese immigrants in Australia
    Shuang has conducted extensive research on Chinese migrants and Chinese diaspora communities in Australia. She has researched on migrants who resided in the settlement country for decades, 1.5 generation and second generation migrants to advance knowledge on the processes of acculturation and identity negotiation. She is particularly interested in advancing knowledge of the relationship between culture and behaviour, specifically how culture influences people's thinking, doing, and being. In the context of cross-cultural adjustment, Shuang's research examines how ethnic culture continuity facilitates Chinese immigrants' integration into the larger Australian.

Research Impacts

Shuang works extensively with community associations, aged care service providers, and government offices to identify and address various challenges immigrants, particularly older immigrants, encounter as they age in a foreign land. The impact of her research is evidenced by:

  • Her appointment as the Research Advisor of Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland
  • The editorial responsibilities she carries in leading international journals
  • Invited keynote presentations at conferences and invited media presentations
  • Translation of her research into guidelines for practice of community care providers

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Education, The University of Queensland
  • PhD (Communication), Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Master of Arts in Linguistics, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language, Heilongjiang University

Publications

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Available Projects

  • Shuang is interested in taking up HDR supervision in the broad areas of ageing, older immigrants, identity, intercultural relations, and media representation. She is familiar with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. If you are considering doing an Honours thesis or a PhD study in any of these, or related areas under Shuang's supervision, please feel free to contact her. She'd be very happy to discuss your ideas with you!

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Liu, Shuang (2017). Cross-cultural adaptation: an identity approach. Intercultural Communication. (pp. 437-456) edited by Ling Chen. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/9781501500060-020

  • Liu, Shuang (2017). Identity, bicultural and multicultural. The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication. (pp. 1-9) edited by Young Yun Kim. Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley and Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0034

  • Liu, Shuang and Simpson Reeves, Laura (2017). Intercultural communication study in Australia. The international encyclopedia of intercultural communication. (pp. 1-9) edited by Young Yun Kim. Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley and Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0078

  • Liu, Shuang (2017). Intergroup communication: Asia/Australasia. Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. (pp. 1-12) edited by Howard Giles. Oxford University Press, New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.384

  • Liu, Shuang and Simpson Reeves, Laura (2016). Migration and Aging. Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. (pp. 1-7) Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_292-1

  • Liu, Shuang and Gallois, Cindy (2015). Intercultural Relations and Globalization. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence. (pp. 517-521) edited by Janet Marie Bennett. Thousand Oaks, CA United States: Sage.

  • Hiew, Danika N., Halford, W. Kim and Liu, Shuang (2014). Loving diversity: living in intercultural couple relationships. Contemporary issues in family studies: global perspectives on partnerships, parenting and support in a changing world. (pp. 87-99) edited by Angela Abela and Janet Walker. New York, NY, United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118320990.ch7

  • 劉雙 Liu, Shuang (2011). Theories of health and risk communication. 傳播理論. (pp. 339-374) edited by 陳國明 Guo-Ming Chen. Taipei, Taiwan: Wunan Publishing.

  • Liu, Shuang (2010). Social surveys and the statistical analysis of data. An introduction to communication and social change. (pp. 39-54) edited by Pradip Thomas and Michael Bromley. Brisbane (UQ): UQP Print on Demand.

  • Liu, Shuang and Chen, Guo-ming (2009). 中国の合弁企業における対立管理方式の評価. 共生社会の異文化間コミュニケーション: 新しい理解を求めて. (pp. 314-339) edited by ベイツ・ホッファ (Bates L. Hoffer), 本名 信行 (Nobuyuki Honna) and 竹下 裕子 (Yūko Takeshita). Toyko, Japan: Sanshūsha Publishing Company.

  • Liu, Shuang and Wu, Qiangian (2008). Online media and traditional media. Research on internet media in China. (pp. 157-175) edited by M. Wu, S. Liu, S.H. Xie and X. Long. Beijing, China: China National Defence Industry Press.

  • Servaes, J. E. J. and Liu, S. (2007). From the centre to the periphery: Multiple paths to social change in communities. Moving Targets: Mapping the Paths Between Communication, Technology and Social Change in Communities. (pp. 1-9) edited by J. E. J. Servaes and S. Liu. Malaysia: Southbound.

  • Liu, S. (2004). Hierarchy and Chinese organizational communication. Theories and principles of Chinese communication. (pp. 231-244) edited by G.Chen. Taipei: Wunan Publishing Ltd.

  • 劉雙 (2004). 层级结构与华人组织传播. 中华传播理论与原则. (pp. 231-244) edited by 陳國明 [Chen Guo-Ming]. Taipei, Taiwan: Wunan Publishing Ltd.

  • Liu, S. and Chen, G. (2002). Collaboration over avoidance: Conflict management strategies in state-owned enterprises in China. Chinese Conflict Management and Resolution. (pp. 163-182) edited by G. Ching and R. Ma. Westport, CT, USA: Ablex Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

  • Shuang Liu, J. E. J. Servaes and P. Thomas eds. (2004). Intellectual property rights, communication, and the public domain in the Asia-Pacific Region. Intellectual Property Rights, Communication, and the Public Domain in the Asia-Pacific Region, UQ, Brisbane, 14-17 December, 2004. UQ, Brisbane: World Association for Christian Communication and School of Journalism and Communication.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Shuang is interested in taking up HDR supervision in the broad areas of ageing, older immigrants, identity, intercultural relations, and media representation. She is familiar with both qualitative and quantitative research methods. If you are considering doing an Honours thesis or a PhD study in any of these, or related areas under Shuang's supervision, please feel free to contact her. She'd be very happy to discuss your ideas with you!