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I am Director of the Africa Media Centre at the University of Westminster as well as Reader and Course Leader of the MA in Media and Development. I am also the Principal Editor of the Journal of African Media Studies published by Intellect Ltd. I joined the University of Westminster's Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) from the University of Zimbabwe in 2000. I studied in Zimbabwe, Norway and Britain.


Winston Mano's responsibilities include teaching BA and MA modules on media audiences, communication policy and development as well as supervising PhD students. Current PhD students include those looking at Newspapers and Oppositional Politics in Zimbabwe, Popular Film and History in Nigeria, Media and Corruption in Nigeria, Media and Democracy in Botswana and New ICTs and Health Communication in Nigeria. He has examined PhDs at other universities. Mano is a member of the C4D Network.


I edited Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa(2015) and jointly edited China's Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions (2016). I have published chapters in books that include Global Media and National Policies: The Return of the State (2016), Participatory Politics and Citizen Journalism in a Networked Africa A Connected Continent (2015), Radio in Africa Publics, Cultures, Communities(2012), Popular Media, Democracy And Development In Africa(2011), Zimbabwe's New Diaspora: Displacement And The Cultural Politics of Survival(2010) and Internationalizing Media Studies(2009). I have also published in journals that include Media, Culture & Society, The Radio Journal, Southern Review, Critical Arts, Communicare and Global Media and Communication.

My research interests include African radio, music, media audiences, new media and democracy, China- African media relations, African democracy and development. After I joined CAMRI I helped establish the CAMRI Africa Media Series of conferences on 'Reporting Zimbabwe: Before and After 2000' (2005), 'Media and Social change in Africa' (2006), 'Media and Democracy in Africa' (2007) and the 'Media and Development in Africa' (2008); 'African-Arab Media Audiences' 2009, 'Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa' (2010), "Youth, Children and the Media in Africa" (2011), "ICTs and Social Change in Africa" (2012), "Public Service Broadcasting in Africa" (2013), African Film and Politics (2013) and The Media and Elections in Africa (2014). I have previously researched for the World Association of Newspaper (WAN) (2010).

In March 2013, I worked on a public service broadcasting project supported by UNESCO and sponsored by £5000 from BBC Media Action. I am currently part of a successful Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCFK) research bid (EUR50,000) as joint researcher with Professors Herman Wasserman (Rhodes University, South Africa) and Xiaoling Zhang (Nottingham University) on the project examining China's Soft Power in Africa. I also collaborating with colleagues at The Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Norway on China-Africa media relations (2013-2015). In 2013, I was awarded (together with Dr Lynete Mukhongo from Moi University, Kenya) £10,000 under The British Academy's International Partnership and Mobility Scheme (2013-2014).

I was part of a drafting committee at the Continental Conference on Media Legislative Reforms and Transforming State Broadcasters into Public Broadcasters in Africa held in Midrand, South Africa from 2-3 December, 2013, hosted by the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), Article 19 and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.