Inês Amaral


Inês Amaral is an Associate Professor in the Communication Section of the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Information (DFCI) of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra. She serves as a department deputy director of the DFCI, coordinator of the Communication Section of the DFCI, and director of the 1st cycle of studies in Journalism and Communication. Ph.D. in Communication Sciences (Interactive Media) at the University of Minho, where she is an integrated researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre. She is also an associate researcher at the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra. She has developed research on sociability in digital social networks, participation and social media, gender and media, media and digital literacy, technologies and active ageing, and audiences and media consumption in the digital age. She is the PI of the project MyGender - Mediated young adults practices: advancing gender justice in and across mobile apps (PTDC/COM-CSS/5947/2020) and Co-PI of the project MediaTrust.Lab - Local Media Lab for Civic Trust and Literacy (PTDC/COM-JOR/3866/2020). Currently, Inês is a team member of the funded projects Youth, News and Digital Citizenship (PTDC/COM-OUT/0243/2021); Gender in Hate Pandemics: Social Media, Covid 19 and Women Journalists (FCT ID 758936851); SMaRT-EU (LC-01563446); VIOxMulheres19 (FCT Proj. n.058 Gender Research4Covid-19 - PI since July 2021); DeCoDe/M (PTDC/COM-CSS/31740/2017); and Opportunities and Challenges of Journalism in Open Environments: Study of the Voices of Society Around Traditional Media and New Generation Participatory Sites (CSO2016-80703-R). She was a consultant of the project (De)Othering: Deconstructing Risk and Otherness: hegemonic scripts and counter-narratives on migrants/refugees and "internal Others" in Portuguese and European mediascapes (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029997). From November 2021 to May 2022, she was the focal point at FLUC of the SUPERA project. Currently, she is a member of three of COST Actions (CA18230 - Interactive Narrative Design for Complexity Representations, CA17135 - Constitution-making and deliberative democracy and CA21107 - Work inequalities in later life redefined by digitalization), having participated in six others (CA15122 Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy; IS1409 Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries; IS1401ELN European Literacy Network; IS1402 Ageism - a multi-national, interdisciplinary perspective; FP1104 New Possibilities for Print Media and Packaging - combining print with digital; ISO 906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies). Inês Amaral was an Invited Scientist Fellow at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid within the founded project ENCAGE-CM (S2015/HUM-3367), and an Invited Professor at the University of Cape Verde. She is a certified trainer by the Ministry of Education, the Union of Portuguese Journalists and the National Scientific-Pedagogical Council of Continuous Education. She was a member of the Portuguese research team of the Global Media Monitoring Project 2020. Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences (SOPCOM), she serves as co-coordinator of the Journalism and Society section of the SOPCOM. She is co-founder of the Portuguese Association of Distance Education and Training and a Cyberjournalism Observatory, Media, Information and Literacy Observatory and NIP-C@M member. Inês is also a member of the Civic Tech group of the Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society (APDSI), where she served as a co-coordinator of Civic Tech group (January 2018-September 2021).