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 and coordinator of the Communication Section of the DFCI. PhD in Communication Sciences (Interactive Media) at the University of Minho. She is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra (Thematic Line Europe and the Global South: Heritages and Dialogues). She is a member of the research team at Observatório Inês is a collaborating researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre. 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 YouNDigital - Youth, News and Digital Citizenship (PTDC/COM-OUT/0243/2021) and UnCoveR - Sexual Violence in Portuguese Mediascape (2022.03964.PTDC). She was also member of the projects Equal.STEAM - Integrated Programme to Attract and Retain Girls and Women in Higher Education in Technological and Engineering Areas (POCH); Gender in Hate Pandemics: Social Media, Covid 19 and Women Journalists (FCT ID 758936851); SMaRT-EU: Social Media Resilience Toolkit (LC-01563446); VIOxMulheres19: Online violence against women: preventing and combating misogyny and violence in a digital context based on the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic (FCT Proj. n.058 Gender Research4Covid-19 - PI from July 2021 to July 2022); 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); MIA: Media in Action (LC-00644630); CEDAR: Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research (AH/M008681/1); Digital Rights: a password for the future (Fund for the Promotion of Consumer Rights); EMEDUS. She was a consultant for 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 (Portugal Representative). Previous has participated in the actions 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 is 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 served as co-coordinator of the Journalism and Society section of the SOPCOM. She co-founded the Portuguese Association of Distance Education and Training. She is a member of the executive committee of a Cyberjournalism Observatory. She is a member of Media, Information and Literacy Observatory and NIP-C@M. 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 (January 2018-September 2021). Among her latest publications are articles published in journals such as Social Media + Society, Social Sciences, International Journal of Communication, European Journal of Women's Studies, Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences, Media Studies, European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, Observatorio (OBS*), Prisma Social, and collections such as Religion, Gender, and Populism in the Mediterranean (Routledge, 2024), The Routledge Companion to Gender, Media and Violence (Routledge, 2023), Digital Ageism (Routledge, 2023), The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Routledge, 2022), Digital Media (McGraw-Hill, 2021), The Sage International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society (Sage, 2020), and The Future of Audiences (Palgrave, 2018).

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Garraio, Júlia; Toldy, Teresa; Sousa Carvalho, Alexandre; José Santos, Sofia; Amaral, Inês (2024), "Gender Ideology" in Portugal: The Circulation and Political Performance of Anti-Gender Discourses in Society and Politics, in Alberta Giorgi, Júlia Garraio, Tersa Toldy (org.), Religion, Gender, and Populism in the Mediterranean. London: Routledge, 31-54

Book Chapter

Garraio, Júlia; Amaral, Inês; Simões, Rita Basílio; Santos, Sofia José (2023), Forward and backwards, in Karen Boyle, Susan Berridge (org.), The Routledge Companion to Gender, Media and Violence. London: Routledge, 145-154

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Article in Scientific journal

Amaral, Inês; Antunes, Eduardo; Flores, Ana Marta (2023), "How do Portuguese young adults engage and use m-apps in daily life? An online questionnaire survey", Observatorio (OBS*), 17, 2, 245-263