Dr Lisa Lin

Dr Lisa Lin

Research Assistant Producer

Phone: +44 1784 443734

Personal profile

Lisa Lin is a documentary producer and media scholar who is interested in the correlations between technology and human creativity. Before joining Royal Holloway, she worked as a documentary producer unveiling human stories and environmental issues in the UK, Singapore and China. Having started making documentaries in 2010, Lisa produced her first documentary Matter Patterns on Fibonacci Sequence after a series of oral history projects with WW2 veterans. With a particular interest in international coproduction and collaboration, her producing credits include historical documentary series I Wouldn’t Go in There WW2 Special (National Geographic, 2015), music documentary G-Force (theatrically released in Southeast Asia), her first directorial documentary Last Breath (One World Media, 2017) which unveiled social injustices behind industrial air pollution and mass consumerism. In 2018, she worked as a London-based producer for Channel News Asia’s The Truth about Fake News, investigating the impact of fake news on public opinion and democracy in the post-truth era. Lisa produced two documentaries in early 2020 for Channel 4 News on the invisible war against Covid-19 Frontline Diaries with Wuhan Medics as well as a visual documentation from lockdown struggles to the lifting of lockdown.

Lisa holds a PhD in Media and Communications, an MA in International Broadcasting from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Diploma in Factual Television Production from the National Film and Television School. She is currently publishing a monograph with Palgrave Macmillan on her ethnographic study of convergence-era Chinese screen industries, examining the shifting production cultures and convergence strategies adopted by Chinese media institutions, and how technology shapes production cultures and creates new opportunities and spaces for innovation and creativity in post-TVIII China.  

Lisa was the Principal Investigator for a GCRF-funded research project 'How to Employ Environmental Documentaries as Visual Evidence to Engage a Wider Debate on Social Injustice Behind Air Pollution in Jingjinji (China) and Delhi (India)' (2019-2020) during her lectuership at School of Arts, University of Kent. In partnership with Sussex University and Beijing Normal University, this multi-disciplinary project examines how to use media to engage researchers and stakeholders in a wider discussion on social injustice behind air pollution. Drawing upon media, public policy and anthropological perspectives, the project adopted a highly innovative research design to combine documentary filming, policy and political analysis, and anthropological observation into one research inquiry on the marginalised people’s daily lives in China and India. 

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