SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Hangwei Li

MA (Aarhus University & City, University of London)
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Hangwei Li
Hangwei Li
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Thesis title:
Media Politics In A Globalised World:The transformation of Chinese media in Africa
Year of Study:
2nd Year
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Hangwei Li is a PhD candidate in politics and international studies at SOAS, University of London. She holds a Master 's degree in Media, Journalism and Globalisation from Aarhus University and City, University of London. Before starting her PhD, she worked three years in Africa (Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania) as journalist and researcher. Hangwei is also a winner of the 2017 Prince Albert II of Monaco/United Nations Correspondents Association Global Prize. Hangwei has working experiences with the Council of Europe, United Nations Information Center (Ghana office), Zambia 5FM Radio and University of Zambia. Hangwei’s previous work has published in various Chinese, English and African media, including WTO Magazine, the Guardian, Financial Times This is Africa Magazine, NPR, VICE, Middle East Eye, South China Morning Post, Caixin, Beijing TV, etc.

PhD Research

Hangwei's PhD project focuses on the changing relationship between politics and media from the perspectives of international relations, political geography and media politics, with a focus on the emerging non-Western media. The transformation of Chinese media in Africa has been chosen as the case study of her project.


  • "Unpacking Chinese Private Media Landscape in Africa", presented at China-Africa in Global Comparative Perspective Conference, Brussels, 2018.
  • "Chinese Associations in Africa-the Case of Zambia",presented at Emerging Trends in Sino-African Development Cooperation, Beijing Forum, Beijing, 2017.
  • "Chinese Media’s Localization and Marketization in Africa", presented at International Conference on China Africa Communication, Beijing, 2015.
  • "Neoliberal Scheme or Opportunity for Sustainable Development? The case of Chinese agricultural investments in Zambia", presented at the Global South, Journal of Southern African Studies 1st Biennial Conference, Livingstone, 2015.
  • "Competing geo economic hegemonies? Chinese versus South African influences on the growth of Zambian cities", presented(with Siame) at the Global South, Journal of Southern African Studies 1st Biennial Conference, Livingstone, 2015


  • Media Politics
  • China-Africa relations
  • Chinese investment in Africa
  • Development Finance