Principal Investigator


Associate Professor with Aggregation at the Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Communication Sciences, and researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS) at the University of Minho.

In 2020 she did her Aggregation exams in Communication Sciences and in 2004 she got her PhD in Child Studies, specialising in Media Education, at the University of Minho. Her main research areas are children, young people and the media; the rights of expression and participation of children and young people; Media Literacy; and media publics and practices. She has coordinated several national and European projects and is the author of several publications in these areas.

Currently she is IR of the project “bYOU – Study of the experiences and expressions of children and young people about the media”, funded by FCT (PTDC/COM-OUT/3004/2020) and co-IR of the project “COMEDIG – Competences of Digital and Media Literacy in Portugal”, funded by FCT (PTDC/CED-EDG/32560/2017). Participates, as a team member, in the project “Verdad y ética en las redes sociales. Percepciones e influencias educativas en jóvenes usuarios de Twitter, Instagram y YouTube (Internética)”, funded by the 2019 call for projects I+D+i of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (Spain) (PID2019-104689RB-I00).

She was director of the Department of Communication Sciences between 2013 and 2019 and director of the Master’s in Communication, Citizenship and Education between 2010 and 2015.

She chairs the Media Education Research Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) since July 2019.

She is co-coordinator of MILObs – Observatory on Media, Information and Literacy and coauthor of the radio programme Ouvido Crítico, broadcast weekly on Antena 1 since February 2018.

She is a member of ECREA and IAMCR


Principal Investigator


Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences at ICS-UMinho, he is also an integrated researcher at CECS and collaborator at ID+. He has a degree in Communication Design (2004), an MA in Multimedia Art (2008) and a PhD in Digital Media, specialised in Audiovisual and Interactive Content Creation, from the University of Porto (2014). As part of his PhD he developed the Museum of Ransom project (, a participatory website that collect videos made by citizens about the city’s daily life. He is also one of the coordinators of Citadocs, a collaborative mini-documentary project, born in Futureplaces Medialab for Citizenship. He has ten years teaching experience in public and private universities in the areas of Communication Design, Audiovisual and Multimedia. He has worked at IPCA, ESAP, ESAD-Matosinhos, UCP-Braga. He has also worked with several cultural institutions, with particular emphasis on the Serralves Foundation with which he collaborated for six years.



Manuel Pinto worked at University of Minho as a lecturer and professor of media literacy education, theories and practices of journalism and sociology and history of communication and media between 1988 and 2020, having retired as a full professor. He is an integrated researcher at the Communication and Society Research Center, at UMinho, carrying out research on Media and Information Literacy, Media Sociology, Communication Policies, and Popular and Traditional Cultures. He co-directs MILOBS – Observatory on Media, Information and Literacy. As a volunteer part-timer he develops journalistic work at the digital newspaper Sete Margens.



Has a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho in 2015. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minho, where he teaches courses related to sound design, audiovisual production and editing, VFX, Motion Graphics and Publics and media practices.

He has focused his research on radio and sound studies, particularly on interactive phenomena between radio and audiences, measuring levels of consumption and participation in the digital sonosphere. He is interested in sound art and media arts in general.

For over 30 years he produced and presented the show “O Domínio dos Deuses”, broadcasted by Radio Universitária do Minho until 2019.



Diana Pinto has a five-year degree and a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minho and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) of the same University. The thesis title was “Health Information sources and Media Health Literacy: a study with Portuguese teenagers”. Her Ph.D. project was funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and was developed at the Center for Communication and Society Studies (CECS). Her areas of interest include Media Education, Media Literacy, Health Literacy, Communication in adolescence, Social Psychology, Gender Studies, Health Psychology, Organizational Communication, Strategic Communication, and Health Communication.



With a PhD in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho, with a research theme in the area of Media Education, Clarisse Pessôa is currently a lecturer at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. She is an integrated researcher at the Communication and Society Research Center, at UMinho. She teaches and researches in the areas of Media Literacy, Organizational and Strategic Communication and Marketing. She has a special interest in studies relating children, young people and media.



Conceição Costa is a PhD in Communication Sciences – Media Studies from NOVAFCSH. She is an Associate Professor at Universidade Lusófona and a Principal Researcher at CICANT in Lisbon, Portugal. She was a member of the COST Action ISO906 (2010-2014) and has been involved in several European publications about Media Literacy and Game-Based Learning. Her main research interests are media and children, particularly how media consumption and creation create opportunities for learning, expressions of identities(s) and better citizenship.

She was the Principal Investigator of GamiLearning project (UTAP-ICDT/IVC-ESCT /0020/2014) funded by FCT and the coordinator of ECFOLI in Portugal (ERASMUS+) and MILT- Media Literacy for Living Together, funded by the “Media Literacy for All Programme” of the European Commission. Currently she is the Principal Investigator of GBL4deaf – Game-Based Learning for Deaf Students (LISBOA-01-0145-FEDER-032022) funded by FCT and LISBOA2020, which aims to explore the impact of a research-based game in primary maths learning of deaf and hard of hearing children (DHH). She is the co-coordinator of the SOPCOM working group Communication and Education.


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With a bachelor degree in Philosophy and a master degree in Communication Sciences she is currently Regional Coordinator of the School Libraries Network (SLN) in Lisbon and a collaborator in the Coordinating Office. In the field of Media Education, she has participated in forums as author and co-author of several communications and co-organized congresses and seminars. She collaborates regularly on projects at the Universities of Minho and Lusófona in the field of Media Education in partnership with SLN. She is a member of the coordinating team of the contest Media@ção aimed to promoting competent, critical, responsible and creative use of the media as instruments of freedom of information and expression. She is also a trainer in the fields of Communication, Media and Literacy and School Libraries.

Mariana Menezes Neumann


PhD student in the Postgraduate Program in Visual Arts (PPGAV) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), master’s degree in International Relations from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF) and bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC- Rio). Researcher and translator with 24 years of experience in developing qualitative and quantitative research on topics related to childhood and youth. The main research themes are participation/protagonism, citizenship, public policies and decolonial studies. Publication of articles and books in Brazil and abroad. Member of the Conceptual Interconnections study group coordinated by the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP), dedicated to in-depth analysis on international theories and practices related to childhood and youth.


Postdoctoral researcher


PhD in Education Sciences from the University of Porto in 2020, Carolina Jardim has built her academic path developing qualitative research with young people, especially in the field of civic participation. During her Master’s degree she did a study with an ethnographic approach on European youth volunteering, entitled “Coming from Europe…meanings and commitments of an experience of European Voluntary Service”. As part of her PhD, she developed a multi-case study on the participation of young people with a migrant background entitled “The participation of young people with a migrant background: the multifaceted role of immigrant associations in Portugal”.

Her main research interests are civic participation of young people and children, youth cultures, young people and the media, media literacy and non-formal education contexts.

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