Mabel Machado López

Research Associate

Mabel Machado López is a Research Associate at the Institute for International Management (IIM) and a Teaching Fellow at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries (IMCI).

She is working on a Trans-Atlantic Platform funded project on social innovation processes in and around multinationals. She is also the module leader for Global Cities, Media, and Communications. Mabel is interested in interdisciplinary research that focuses on processes of cultural and social change.

Academic background

Mabel was awarded her PhD by the Institute for Media and Creative Industries (IMCI), Loughborough University London. In her doctoral research she analysed how entrepreneurship contributes to urban change in peripheral post-socialist environments. In her study, Mabel applied an assemblage framework to explain how the emerging private sector in Havana, Cuba, delineates practices and geographies of exclusion and inclusion and accentuates social stratification in times of economic transition.

Mabel has a MA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in Journalism from the University of Havana. She lectured for eight years at the School of Communications, University of Havana, and worked for over a decade as a reporter and editor for various Cuban media.

Awards, grants, and scholarships:

PhD studentship awarded by the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London (2018-2021).

Chevening scholarship awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom (2015-2016).

International training programme for young film critics, Talent Press, Talent Campus, International Film Festival of Guadalajara, Mexico (2012).

Papers, publications, and articles:

Machado López, M. (2018). Mi paladar no está en el Paquete. Prácticas comunicativas como factor de diferenciación entre emprendedores en el sector del turismo en Cuba. In Información, comunicación y cambio de mentalidad. Claves para una Cuba 3.0. Portal Moreno, R.; Garcés Corra, R.; Pedroso, W., eds. La Habana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, 161-180.

Acosta Damas, M.; Concepción Hernández, J. R.; Echemendía Pérez, I., and Machado López, M. (2018). Paquete para desconectados: Reconfiguraciones de la cultura audiovisual cubana desde practices juveniles alternativas. In Nuevas realidades en la Comunicación Audiovisual. In Lazo, C. M., ed. Madrid: Tecnos.

Machado López, M., and Tolentino Herrera, W. (2017). Encrucijadas y oportunidades de la enseñanza del periodismo en el siglo XXI. Alcance, 12 (6).

Machado-López, M., and Rodríguez-González, F.A. (2016). Copia y comparte. Visiones en torno a las prácticas de circulación y consumo de bienes culturales en entornos no institucionales en Cuba, Alcance, 5(10).

Machado López, M. (2015). Hacia la actualización de las políticas de comunicación en Cuba: El asunto de la gestión y la sostenibilidad de las organizaciones periodísticas. Sures, 6.

Díaz Hernández, C., and Machado López, M. (2012). Palabras sobre la glasnost. La llamada transparencia informativa y el discurso periodístico sobre la historia soviética. Revista Universidad de La Habana, 274 (Jul-Dec): 4-26.

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