University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Communications
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Dr K. Cohen Tan, FHEA

Assistant Professor in Digital Media and Communications, School of International Communications

K Cohen Tan

Personal details


Room 435, Trent Building 
University of Nottingham Ningbo China 
199 Taikang East Rd   
Ningbo, China 315100

Tel: +86 (0)574 8818 8260


Qualifications and Honor

BA in Literature and Philosophy (National University of Singapore) 
BA (Hons) in Literature (National University of Singapore) 
MA in Critical Theory (Nottingham) 
PhD in Critical Theory (Nottingham)

Chancellor’s Award (2012)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)

Lord Dearing Award (2017)


K. Cohen Tan has worked at both the UK and China campuses of Nottingham University, and he joined the School of International Communications at UNNC in 2011.

His research and teaching interests are in critical theory and cultural studies, focusing on interdisciplinary approaches and cross-cultural exchange/flow and their relation to digital media.

In addition to his role as Senior Tutor, Cohen was founding chair of DANN at UNNC, aimed at promoting inclusion and diversity on campus. He has also collaborated with Nottingham Business School (NUBS) since 2015 on their corporate training programme. 

Teaching and learning

  • Media, Text, Society
  • Media, Text, Culture
  • Critical Communications
  • Communication & Culture
  • Communication & Technology
  • Digital & Creative Media
  • Research Methods I & II
  • Researching Communication
  • Introduction to Psychoanalysis
  • Semiotics


Research Interest

Critical theory; Buddhist philosophy; Cultural studies; Deconstruction; Digital media.

Orcid Account:


François, C. Gilardi, F. Halim, D. Hirzel, T. Tan, K. C. (2016) Engaging and Empowering Student Representatives as Agents of Change at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching. 9 (13), 51-63.