Yuanyuan Chen

Yuanyuan Chen


  • York Street, Belfast Campus

    BT15 1ED Belfast

    United Kingdom

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Yuanyuan Chen is a lecturer in animation history and theory at Ulster University. She received her PhD in Film Studies from University College Cork (UCC) in 2015, with a thesis titled “Reframing Chinese Animation: From Classicism to Postmodernism in Post-1949 Non-commercial Chinese Animated Films”.

Dr. Chen’s work has been published in reputable peer-reviewed journals including Modernism/Modernity (John Hopkins University, H-INDEX 22), Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, and scholarly edited books such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: New Perspectives on Production, Reception, Legacy (Bloomsbury Academic), World Cinema on Demand: Global Film Cultures in the Era of Online Distribution(Bloomsbury Academic), The Frozen Phenomenon (Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2024), etc. She has also been invited as a guest lecturer at Waseda University in Japan, where she presented a series of lectures on East Asian cinema.

Currently, she is working on her monograph, Shanghai Animation Film Studio: History, Transformation and Aesthetics of Chinese Animation, 1950s – 1990s, which is under contract with Edinburgh University Press.

Research Interests

Dr. Chen’s primary research area focuses on contemporary Chinese animation, with a particular emphasis on the animation industry in China, Shanghai Animation Film Studio, as well as the exploration of modernism and postmodernism within Chinese animated films. Her comprehensive research interests span a range of topics, including animation history and theory, Asian animation, the intersection of animation with VR and AR technologies, Irish animation, experimental animation, non-fiction animation, and the broader scope of East Asian cinema.

Dr. Chen has served as a peer reviewer for numerous esteemed academic publishers and a diverse array of scholarly journals. These include CRC Press, Brill Academic Publishers, Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Animation Studies, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (JCMS), Chinese Journal of Communication, The East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (EAJPC), Global Media and China, and Landscapes: The Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, among others. 

Dr. Chen is a member & co-founder of BAFTSS Animation SIG, a member of the Editorial Board of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen, and a member of the Society for Animation Studies (SAS).


Teaching Interests

PhD Supervision Completion

  • Dr Rebecca Crawford, “Children’s Perceptions of Visual Novels: Comparing British and Japanese Illustrative Styles” (funded by DfE, conferred: 2021).

Current PhD Supervision

  • Ms Yinan Wu, “Children’s Creative Products and Content Design Based on Chinese Traditional Aesthetics” (Commenced: 2019).
  • Mr Dara Flanagan, “Recording and Representing Collective Memory and Cultural Identity through Animation and Character Design” (funded by DfE, commenced: 2022).

Dr. Chen coordinates/teaches the following modules:

  • The World of Animation (BDes, L4)
  • Animation Discourse (BDes, L5)
  • Animation Dissertation & Industry Report (BDes, L6)
  • Major Project (BDes, L6)
  • Design Research and Development (MA, L7)
  • Acting for Animation (MA, L7)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

External positions

External Examiner, Letterkenny Institute of Technology


Gust Lecturer, Waseda University


Editorial Board, Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen.

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