PhD in Sociology by the ISCTE-IUL, in 2014, through the fellowship programme of the Portuguese Foundation for the Science and Technology (FCT), Paula Lopes is Assistant Professor at Autonomus University of Lisbon (UAL, since 1996), scientific coordinator of the degree and the master in Communication Sciences since 2017, integrated researcher at Communication and Society Research Centre - University of Minho, and member of OBSERVARE and NIP-C@M - Autonomus University of Lisbon.

She has developed research on media and digital literacy practices and skills, media and digital consumption, and their relationship with citizenship pratices (her PhD study focuses on media literacy - citizenship and aims at investigating if and how media literacy impacts citizenship practices).

Paula Lopes is a member of ALFAMED (a Euro-American inter-university research network on media literacy for citizenship, which brings together more than 50 researchers from 13 European and Latin American countries), ELO (Research unity of local studies), FILM (Informal forum about media literacy) and MILOBS (Media, information and literacy observatory).

She is the author of several articles in scientific journals, such as “Communications”, “OBS*”, “Análise Social”, “Janus”, “Media e Jornalismo” and “Estudos em Comunicação”.

Paula Lopes has worked as a journalist in newspapers, magazines and breaking news sites, was training member in CENJOR (Professional training center for journalists) and also worked in institutional and cultural events.

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