Sofia José Santos


Sofia José Santos is a Researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, where she coordinates the DeCodeM project as a Principal Investigator. Since 2008 she has developed research on media and global interventionism; media and securitization processes; media and foreign policy; internet and technopolitics; and media and masculinities. Within CES, she is also a researcher and communications coordinator for Promundo-Portugal, co-editor of Alice News and co-coordinator of NHUMEP. Since 2016, she has been an Associate Researcher at the OBSERVARE Research Center of the Autonomous University of Lisbon. She holds a PhD and an MA in International Politics and Conflict Resolution by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, a degree in International Relations from the same university, and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Communication Sciences from ISCTE-IUL. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (2016-2019), postdoctoral researcher at OBSERVARE / UAL (2015/2016) and CES (2015), and researcher and coordinator of media and communication in Promundo-Europa (2014-2015). She was a visiting scholar at the Flemish Peace Institute and a Marie Curie fellow at the Universiteit Utrecht. In addition to publications, conferences and national and international research projects, it is also worth mentioning her work in co-coordinating and co-editing the P@x Bulletin of the NHUMEP Peace Studies Group, her involvement in international networks, social movements, and the several work she has undertaken for international think tanks and development agencies such as NOREF, UKAID, Palladium, and Promundo-US. Her current research interests focus on media representations and securitization; media and foreign policy; media, masculinities and violence prevention; digital rights and contentious politics; and critical Internet studies.

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Santos, Rita; Roque, Sílvia; Santos, Sofia José (2018), "De-securitising 'the South in the North'? Gendered Narratives on the Refugee Flows in the European Mediascape", Contexto Internacional, 40, 3, 453-477

Article in Scientific journal

Santos, Sofia José; de Sousa Carvalho, Alexandre (2018), "Violência cultural, masculinidades e publicidade", Organicom, 15, 28, 206-222

Book Chapter

Santos, Sofia José; de Sousa Carvalho, Alexandre (2017), A Internet como Espaço Económico e de Segurança, in Luís Moita e Luís Valença Pinto (org.), Espaços Económicos e Espaços de Segurança. Lisboa: UAL, OBSERVARE, 693-726

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