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“Development is necessary for social change. It is achievable with decolonised knowledge that is properly contextualised, and when different ways of knowing and being in the world are implicated to expand praxis and knowledge bases”.

Winston Mano is a Reader and a member of the University of Westminster’s top-rated Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). He is also a Course Leader for the MA in Media and Development and the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Media Studies. Mano is author or editor of books that include (2021) Routledge Handbook of African Media and Communication Studies (with viola c. milton), (2020) Social Media and Elections in Africa (with Martin N. Ndlela), Vol 1 & 2; (2019) International Media Development: Historical Perspectives and New Frontiers  (with Nicholas Benequista, Susan Abbott, PaulRothman); (2017) Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users (with Wendy Willems), (2016)and China’s Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions (with Xiaoling Zhang and Herman Wasserman).Mano has also authored articles  in peer-reviewed journals such as Javnost; Critical Arts, and Global Media and Communication.


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.


Winston Mano's has edited and published in (2021) Routledge Handbook of African Media and Communication Studies (with viola c. milton), Mano co-edited (2020)Social Media and Elections in Africa (with Martin N. Ndlela), Vol 1 & 2: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030326814; Mano co.ed (2019) International Media Development: Historical Perspectives and New Frontiers  (with Nicholas Benequista, Susan Abbott, Paul Rothmanhttps://www.peterlang.com/view/title/65486?format=HC, Mano co. ed (2017) African Film Cultures: Contexts of Creation and Circulation (with Barbara Knorpp and Anuli Agina), available at: https://goo.gl/vjZndV, Mano co.ed (2017) Everyday Media Culture in Africa: Audiences and Users (with Wendy Willems), available at: https://goo.gl/RasyPS, Mano co.ed (2016), China’s Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions (with Xiaoling Zhang and Herman Wasserman), available at: https://goo.gl/2yuc1X, and edited Mano (2015), Racism, Ethnicity and the Media in Africa: Mediating Conflict in the Twenty-First Century, available at: http://bit.ly/1PA2elh

Winston Mano has authored chapters in Peace and Conflict Reporting (2021); BRICS Media: Reshaping the Global Communication Order (2021); 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). Mano has also authored articles  in peer-reviewed journals such as Javnost; Interactions Media, Culture & Society, The Radio Journal, Southern Review, Critical Arts, Communicare and Global Media and Communication.

Mano's research interests include African radio, music, media audiences, new media and democracy, China- African media relations, African democracy and development. After he joined CAMRI he became Director of the Africa Media Centre and 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). Mano has previously researched for the World Association of Newspaper (WAN) (2010).

In March 2013, Mano worked on a public service broadcasting project supported by UNESCO and sponsored by £5000 from BBC Media Action. He was 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. He collaborated with colleagues at The Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Norway on China-Africa media relations (2013-2015). In 2013, he 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).

Winston Mano 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).

Mano has also worked with the US-based Centre for International Media Assistance (CIMA) on a media development book-project, supported by sector wide meetings that involve BBC Media Action, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), UNESCO and other media development bodies. Mano currently participates in the the DFID-funded and BBC-led Protecting Independent Media for Effective Development (PRIMED) Research Technical Advisory Group (2020).


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