Dani Madrid-Morales is a PhD Fellow at the Department of Media and Communication of City University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town (South Africa). He is currently working on his PhD thesis, where he investigates agency and structure in the newsroom, using CCTV-Africa production centre in Nairobi (Kenya) as a case study. At the University of Cape Town, Dani is assisting the “South African Media and the new geopolitics of communication” research group in an audience study looking at the impact and reception of Chinese media in South Africa. Dani holds Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and East Asian Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), and Master’s degrees in International Relations (Freie Universität Berlin) and Contemporary East Asia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). During the course of his studies, Dani has also studied at the University of California, San Diego (USA) and Ryukoku University (Japan).
Dani’s research interests include international communications, global circulation of popular culture and contemporary East Asia. He has written extensively on Japan’s visual culture and on China’s media system. He is the author of two books and half a dozen academic publications. Dani has also attended national and international conferences in the fields of Communication and Asian Studies. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Dani worked as a journalist for over 10 years, first as a sports journalist in several radio stations and newspapers in Spain and, then, as an editor, writer and producer at Televisió de Catalunya, the national broadcaster of (a soon to be) independent Catalonia.