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Rita Figueiras
Associate Professor at Universidade Católica Portuguesa

PhD in Communication Sciences (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), Researcher at the Research Centre for Communication and Culture-CECC, Principal Investigator of the research project Media Surveillance and Experiences of Authoritarianism, funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation ( Vice-chair of the Mediatization Section of ECREA – European Communication Research and Education Association. Member of the Editorial board of Critical Studies in Media Communication, Questões Transversais – Revista de Epistemologias da Comunicação (Brazil), Estudos de Comunicação, Media & Jornalismo.

Visiting Professor at Södertörn University, Sweden (since 2013). She was Coordinator of the PhD program in Communication Sciences at UCP (2012-2017), Member of the Board of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture-CECC (2011-2019), Coordinator of the Research Line in Media and Technology-CECC (2011-2015).

Main research areas include Digital Surveillance, Political Communication, Mediatization Studies. She authored articles, books, book chapters on digital surveillance and mediatization, political mediatization, punditry, mainstream and populist communication strategies.

Commentator on the weekly radio show A Espantosa Realidade das Coisas (TSF) where she talks about political communication, journalism, technology and society.