Dr Pablo Morales

Dr Pablo Morales

UKRI Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
globalisation; media flows; China; Latin America

About me

Dr Pablo Morales is UKRI Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. 

He leads a three-year multi-disciplinary research project (2023-26) that examines China’s international communication strategy in Latin America (CICLA), particularly in relation to the implications for journalism and the public sphere in the region. 

Dr Morales’ research interests lie in the impact of globalisation on international media flows and journalistic cultures in the global South. Particularly interested in how collaborations by media organisations from the global South seek to challenge the hegemonic narratives spread by mainstream media. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster, where he conducted research on the reception of international news channels in Hispanic Latin America in relation to the soft power endeavours of China, Russia and Iran. 

After obtaining a master's degree from Zhejiang University (China), he worked as a journalist and translator for China Radio International and People’s Daily Online in Beijing. In recent years he has contributed to BBC Chinese, Al-Jazeera and Iran International. Prior to joining the LSE, he was lecturer in media and communication at the University of Leeds. He has also taught at other universities both in the UK and overseas, including the University of Westminster, the University of the Arts London, and Huanghuai University (China). 

Expertise Details

globalisation; media flows; China; Latin America



  • Morales, P.S., & Menechelli, P. (2023). Mundo China: The media partnership reframing China’s image in Brazil. International Communication Gazette, 85(1), 63–79. https://doi.org/10.1177/17480485221139465
  • Morales, P.S. (2022) Counter-hegemonic collaborations or alliances of the underdogs? The case of TeleSUR with Al-Mayadeen, RT and CGTN. Global Media and Communication. 18(3), 365–382. https://doi.org/10.1177/17427665221125549
  • Morales, P.S. (2022) China’s communication strategy in Latin America: from external actor to close partner. In: Zhang, X.L. and Schultz, K. eds. China and the World in the 21st Century: Communication and Relationship Building. Routledge. http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003254157-5
  • Morales, P.S. (2022) China’s global media in Latin America. Local perceptions. In: Tudoroiu, T. and Kuteleva, A. eds. China in the Global South: Impact and Perceptions. Singapore: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-1344-0_5
  • Morales, P.S. (2021) Mind the (cultural) gap: International news channels and the challenge of attracting Latin American audiences. Media, Culture and Society.  43(4), pp. 648–663. [Online First: 15 December 2020] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443720972307
  • Morales, P.S. (2021) International broadcasters and country image management: comparing audience perceptions of China, Russia and Iran in Latin America. Global Media and China, 6(1), pp. 100–115. [Online first: 5 October 2020] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2059436420960882
  • Morales, P.S. (2018). Could Chinese News Channels Have a Future in Latin America? Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 13(1), pp. 60–80. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.276


  • Morales, P.S. (2020) Challenging Western narratives: comparing the global media strategies of China, Iran and Russia. Journal of China in Global and Comparative Perspectives, 6(2020), pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.24103/JCGCP.en.2020.4