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ePortfolio of Pablo Adriano Rodríguez Merino

Having completed my PhD in the Department of Politics and International Relations (PaIS), I am an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), University of Warwick. Previously, I worked in China as a journalist in Beijing (Xinhua News Agency, EFE) and as a trade analyst for the Economic and Trade Office of the Spanish Consulate in Guangzhou. I have a BA in Journalism (University of Navarra) and an MA in International Relations (Warwick University). Since 2016, I have been an assistant for the project Speaking International Security at Warwick (SISAW), supporting research, outreach and impact events. I am also a Warwick member for the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR), where I assisted with the organization of the Hallsworth Conference on China and the Changing Global order (2017), and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Research interests

My research agenda sits at the broad field of Security Studies, more specifically in the subfields of Critical Security Studies and Critical Terrorism Studies, with an area focus on China. I am interested in the study of political violence, security narratives, discourses of terrorism, and China’s domestic and international security, with particular attention to the conflict with the ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. Alongside this focus on conventional security threats, I am also concerned with non-traditional security realms like the environment, and more specifically the global waste trade.

Teaching experience

Academic publications

  • Rodríguez-Merino, Pablo A. 2019. ‘Old Counter-Revolution, New Terrorism: Historicizing the Framing of Violence in Xinjiang by the Chinese State’, Central Asian Survey, 38 (1): 27-45. doi:10.1080/02634937.2018.1496066
  • Homolar, Alexandra, and Rodríguez-Merino, Pablo A. 2019. 'Making sense of terrorism: a narrative approach to the study of violent events', Critical Studies on Terrorism, 12 (4): 561-581. doi:10.1080/17539153.2019.1585150
  • Rodríguez-Merino, Pablo A. 2018. 'Fuera de foco: Un análisis estratégico de la campaña guerrillera del Che Guevara en Bolivia (1966-67) [Out of focus: a strategic analysis of Che Guevara's guerrilla campaign in Bolivia], Revista de Pensamiento Estratégico y Seguridad CISDE 3(2): 53-62. 
  • Ramírez, R., Rodríguez-Merino, Pablo A. 2017. ‘China en África’ [China in Africa] In La Necesidad de Conocer Africa [The Need to Understand Africa], edited by Rodríguez Jiménez, J.L., and Sánchez Hernández, M.F, 69-91. Dykinson, S.L.
  • Rodríguez-Merino, Pablo A. 2016. ‘Xinjiang en la época de Reforma y Apertura china (1978-1990): de la liberalización socio-económica a la tensión etno-separatista’ [Xinjiang in the Reform and Opening era (1978-1990): from the socio-economic liberalization to the ethno-separatist tensions], Revista de Humanidades y Cultura 6 (1): 29-53.

Selected contributions and other publications

Selected conference presentations

  • December 2019. 'Analysing the Phenomenology of Violence in Xinjiang (2008-2017)', at the conference Documenting, Assessing, and Reporting the Uyghur Crisis, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
  • April 2018. ‘'Dilemas en la Nueva Frontera: China, Xinjiang, y la minoría étnica uigur’ (‘Dilemmas in the New Frontier: China, Xinjiang, and the Uyghur ethnic minority’), at the II Ciclo Conferencias-Simposio Hispalense en Estudios Culturales de Asia Oriental (II Hispalense Conferences- Symposium on East Asian Cultural Studies), University of Seville (Spain).
  • February 2018. ‘The Construction of China’s Counter-terrorism’ [with Chi Zhang], East Asian Studies Group (EASG) seminar, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick.
  • July 2017. ‘Making Sense of Terrorism: A Narrative Approach to the Study of Violent Events’ [with A. Homolar], The 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (Scotland).
  • June 2017, ‘La construction sociale du terrorisme par le gouvernement chinois dans la région du Xinjiang’ (The social construction of terrorism in Xinjiang by the Chinese government), 6th French Network for Asian Studies International Conference, GIS Asie and Sciences Po, Paris (France).
  • March 2017. ‘Old Counterrevolution, New Terrorism, Historicizing the Construction of Political Violence in Xinjiang by the Chinese State’, Hallsworth Conference: China and the Changing Global Order, University of Manchester.
  • March 2017. ‘The Social Construction of Terrorism in Xinjiang by the Chinese State’, Nawruz-Noorus Postgraduate Workshop: Contemporary Spaces Of (Greater) Central Asia, Asian Studies Research Group, Newcastle University.
  • October 2016. ‘Xinjiang y la ‘Ruta de la Seda’: Claves históricas, complejidad geo-estratégica’ (Xinjiang and the ‘Silk Road’: Key historical points and geo-strategic complexity), at the conference Redimensionando China (‘The Chinese Resizing’), King Juan Carlos University (Spain). Video available here 
  • March 2016. ‘Talking Terrorism: A Narrative Approach to the Study of Political Violence’ [with A. Homolar], Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), Atlanta.
  • July 2015. The politics of naming dissident violence in China’, Global China: The China Postgraduate Network Annual Conference, University of Bristol.
  • May 2015. ‘The case for a terroristization analysis: A proposal for the study of constructions of terror through the lenses of securitization’, 13th Aberystwyth-Lancaster Graduate Colloquium, University of Aberystwyth.
  • March 2015.From securitization to terroristization: a discursive-centric approach to the study of terrorism’, British International Studies Association (BISA) PGN Annual Conference, King’s College London.

Awards & Fellowships

  • Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), University of Warwick (2019)
  • PaIS Warwick Dissertation Prize for the highest dissertation score in the MA in International Relations, University of Warwick (2009)


Dr Pablo A. Rodríguez-Merino

Email: p dot a dot rodriguez-merino at warwick dot ac dot uk

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