Dr Hangwei Li

Function: Senior Researcher

Specialization: Political Science

Work areas:

  • Global China
  • African politics
  • The political economy of development
  • China-Africa relations


since 9/2023 German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Researcher, Research programme "Inter- and transnational cooperation"
3/2022-8/2023 China Agricultural University
Associate Professor
9/2017-3/2022 SOAS, University of London
PhD in Politics and International Studies
1/2021-7/2021 Crisis Action
Board member, Project: The Role of China in Re-Energising the Peace Process in South Sudan
1/2019-12/2021 African Views Organization
1/2019-0/2019 Harvard Kennedy School & The Global Development Policy Center, Boston University
Predoctoral fellow and Researcher
11/2016-5/2017 Consultant, McKinsey Company
Project on Chinese economic engagement in Africa
10/2014-8/2016 University of Zambia
Guest Lecturer and Researcher
2015/2016 Electoral Commision of Zambia
International Observer for 2015&2016 Presidential Election
9/2012-7/2014 Aarhus University & City, University of London
MA in "Media, Journalism and Globalization"
(Erasmus Mundus Programme)
3/2014-9/2014 Council of Europe (Research project on Media in Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness)
Researcher, Research project on Media in Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness
6/2013-9/2013 United Nations Information Center in Ghana
Assistant to the National Director
9/2008-7/2012 Communication University of China
Bachelor of Administration and BA of Arts


  • Silver Medal, United Nations Correspondence Association (2017)

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces