Rita Santos



Rita Santos is junior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies. She is a PhD candidate in "International Politics and Conflict Resolution", School of Economics, University of Coimbra. She holds a MA degree in Peace Studies from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, and a BsC in International Relations, School of Economics, University of Coimbra. She is member of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). Over the last fifteen years she has worked on ten research projects in the fields of Feminism, IR and Security Studies; violence, gender and small arms; the agenda Women, Peace and Security; media and political representation of migrants, refugees and "internal others"; and gender equality and development aid. In addition to this, it is also worth mentioning her work in co-coordinating and co-editing the P@x Bulletin of the Peace Studies Group (2008-2014), and the several research and training works she has undertaken for inter/national think tanks and NGO such as AKTO (Portugal), NOREF (Norway), SWEFOR (Sweden), Promundo-US (now Equimundo) alongside evaluation and public policy drafting work for Instituto Promundo (Brazil), Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD, and Instituto Camões (Portugal). Her current research interests include: Feminism and IR/Security Studies; violence, gender and small arms; the agenda Women, Peace and Security; and gender and racialization in the far right discourse and policy.

Latest Publications


Roque, Sílvia; Santos, Rita; Faustino, Maria João; Garraio, Júlia (2024), #MeToo: um segredo muito público. Assédio sexual em Portugal. Lisboa: Avenida da Liberdade editores

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Book Chapter

Pereira, Ana Cristina; Roque, Sílvia; Santos, Rita (2023), Police Violence, Racism, and Anti-racism: Opinion Struggles in the Portuguese Daily Newspapers, in Bhatia, M., Poynting, S., Tufail, W. (org.), Racism, Violence and Harm. Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture. Springer International Publishing, 35-56

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Article in Scientific journal

Santos, Rita; Santos, Sofia J (2021), "Covid-19 pandemic: the reproduction and contestation of securitisation of asylum seekers, immigrants and Afro-descendants in the Portuguese media"", From the European South, 9, 47-68

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