SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Hangwei Li

MA (Aarhus) & (City, UoL)
  • Research


Hangwei Li
Department of Politics and International Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Hangwei Li
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Thesis title:
Media Politics in a Globalised World: Chinese Media in Africa
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Hangwei Li is an adviser of African Views Organisation and a PhD candidate in politics and international studies at SOAS, University of London.She was also a Predoctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a researcher at the Global Development Policy Center,Boston University. Prior to her current gig, she worked as a journalist and researcher for three years in Africa (mainly in Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania). She also has working experiences with United Nations Information Center , Council of Europe and University of Zambia. Her previous work has been published in various academic journals and media platforms, including Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, China Perspectives, the African Review, the Guardian, the Africa Report, the Conversation, Middle East Eye, NPR, VICE, among others. Her investigation on environmental issues won a silver medal from United Nations Correspondents Association in 2017.Hangwei’s current research interests include China’s political communication practices and media politics, African politics as well as China-Africa relations.


Peer-reviewed article
Li, Hangwei. 2021.Media Representation of China in the Time of pandemic: A Comparative Study of Kenyan and Ethiopian media. Journal of African Media Studies (forthcoming).

Li, Hangwei & Shi, Xuefei. 2020. Home Away from Home: The Social and Political Roles of Contemporary Chinese Associations in Zambia. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 48(2), 148-70

Camba Alvin & Li, Hangwei. 2020. Chinese Workers and their ‘Linguistic Labour’ :Philippine Online Gambling and Zambian Onsite Casinos. China Perspectives. (4). 39-47

Li, Hangwei, & Siame, Gilbert. 2020. Nature and Impact of Chinese and South African Engagement on the development of the City of Lusaka. The African Review. 1(aop), 1-25.

Working Papers
Li, Hangwei.2020. From Politics to Business: How a state-led fund is investing in Africa. The case of the China-Africa Development Fund. GCI Working paper. Global Development Policy Center.
Li, Hangwei and Kait Bolongaro. 2014. The importance of source diversity in news production. MEDIANE Working paper. MEDIANE, Council of Europe.

Book Review
Li, Hangwei .2021. Review of Mutsvairo, Bruce and Muneri, Cleophas: Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe. Journal of African Studies Quarterly(forthcoming)

Book Chapter
Li, Hangwei. 2021. Wechat Groups and Chinese Diaspora in Africa: a Comparative Study of Zambia and Angola. In: Wanning Sun& Haiqing Liu (ed) WeChat Diaspora: Digital Transnationalism in the Era of China’s Rise. Routledge.(forthcoming)

Li, Hangwei and Shi, Xuefei. 2018. Chinese associations in Africa: a case study of Chinese associations in Zambia. In: Li A (ed.), Chinese Review of African Studies 2017(中国非洲研究评论). Beijing: Social Science Academic Press, pp. 137–154.

Li, Hangwei. 2017. The life of Chinese sex workers in Africa. In: China in Africa. The Initium Media Publisher: Hong Kong.


“China and Africa: The ‘Other’ in the time of Pandemic”, Italian Institute for International Political Studies, June 2020.
“Mistreatment of Africans in Guangzhou Threatens China’s Coronavirus Diplomacy”, the Conversation, March 2020.
“Coronavirus Diplomacy: China’s opportune time to aid Africa”, (with Jacqueline Musiitwa), The Africa Report , April 2020,
“China in Africa’s looking glass, perceptions and realities”, (with Jacqueline Musiitwa), The Royal United Services Institute, August 2020.
“Africa needs proactive and strategic approach for industrialisation development,”, Ethiopian Herald, November 2019.


  • African Views Organisation (Present)
  • Harvard Kennedy School (2018-2019)
  • Global Development Policy Center (2018-2019)
  • University of Zambia (2015-2017)


  • media politics
  • comparative politics
  • political communication
  • China-Africa relations
  • African politics
  • everyday newsroom
  • migration