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Inês Amaral. Coimbra, Portugal | email: ines.amaral at uc dot pt | + info [Ciência Vitae], [ResearchGate], [ORCID], [Scopus Author ID], [ResearchID]

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, where she serves as a department deputy director of the Department of Philosophy, Communication, and Information and as coordinator of the Communication Section. Researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. Associate researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre of the University of Minho.

Research interests: sociability in digital social networks | participation and social media | gender and media | media and digital literacy | technologies and active ageing | audiences and media consumption in the digital age.

PhD in Communication Sciences – Interactive Media (UMinho).

Current Projects: 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). Team member of the funded projects Youth, News and Digital Citizenship (PTDC/COM-OUT/0243/2021), UnCoveR – Sexual Violence in Portuguese Mediascape (2022.03964.PTDC) and Equal.STEAM (POCH). Inês was also a member of the projects Gender in Hate Pandemics: Social Media, Covid 19 and Women Journalists (FCT ID 758936851); VIOxMulheres19 (FCT Proj. n.058 Gender Research4Covid-19 – PI from July 2021 to July 2022); DeCoDe/M (PTDC/COM-CSS/31740/2017); SMaRT-EU (LC-01563446); Oportunidades y Retos del Periodismo en los Entornos Abiertos: Estudio de las Voces de la Sociedad en Torno a los Medios Tradicionales y los Sitios Participativos de Nueva Generación (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad); MIA (LC-00644630); CEDAR (AH/M008681/1); and EMEDUS – European Study on Media Literacy Education Study, among others.

Member of SOPCOM, IAMCR, ECREA. Member of ObCiber, MILOBS and NIP-C@M. Member of the COST Actions CCA18230 – Interactive Narrative Design for Complexity Representations, CA17135 Constitution-making and deliberative democracy, and CA21107 – Work inequalities in later life redefined by digitalization.


– Garraio, J., Amaral, I., Simões, R. B., & Santos, S. J. (2023). Forward and backwards: Sexual in violence in Portuguese news media. In Boyle, K. & Berridge, S. (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Gender, Media and Violence (pp. 145-154). London: Routledge.

– Antunes, E., Amaral, I., Simões, R. B., & Flores, A. M. M. (2023). Who Are the Young Adults in Portugal? Daily Usage of Social Media and Mobile Phones, in a No-Kids and No-Independent Housing Context—Results from a Representative Online Survey. Youth, 3(4), 1101-1120.

– Simões, R. B., Amaral, I., Flores, A. M. M., & Antunes, E. (2023). Scripted Gender Practices: Young Adults’ Social Media App Uses in Portugal. Social Media+ Society, 9(3), 20563051231196561.

– Amaral, I., Flores, A. M., & Antunes, E. (2023). Intergenerational Solidarity: Perceptions of Young Adults. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 14043, 413-425.

– Amaral, I., Antunes, E., & Flores, A. M. (2023). How do Portuguese young adults engage and use m-apps in daily life? An online questionnaire survey. OBS* 17(2), 245-263.

– Amaral, I. (2023). #17Feb and the so-called social media revolution: a decade over the Libya’s uprising. Estudos em Comunicação, 36, 1-15.

– Amaral, I., & Flores, A. M. (2023). Challenging gendered and ageing normative stereotypes on Instagram. In Rosales, A., Fernández-Ardèvol, M., & Svensson, J. (Eds.) Digital Ageism (pp. 152-171). London: Routledge.

Antunes, E., Alcaire, R., & Amaral, I. (2023). Wellbeing and (Mental) Health: A Quantitative Exploration of Portuguese Young Adults’ Uses of M-Apps from a Gender Perspective. Social Sciences, 12(1), 3.

Simões, R. B., Amaral, I., Santos, S., & Alcantara, J. (2022). Violência Online Contra as Mulheres: Relatos a Partir da Experiência da Pandemia da COVID-19. Comunicação e Sociedade 42, 179-203.

Amaral, I., Flores, A. M., & Antunes, E. (2022). Desafiando imaginários: práticas mediadas de jovens adultos em aplicações móveis. Media & Jornalismo, 22(41), 141-160.

Correia, J. C., Jerónimo, P., & Amaral, I. (Eds.) (2022). Disinformation studies. Perspectives from an emerging field. Covilhã: LabCom Books.

Amaral, I., Simões, R. B., & Poleac, G. (2022). “Technology gap and other tensions in social support and legal procedures: stakeholders’ perceptions of online violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic”. El Professional de la Información, 31(4), e310413.

Jorge, A., de Matos Alves, A., & Amaral, I. (2022). “Time Well Spent”: The Ideology of Temporal Disconnection as a Means for Digital Well-Being. International Journal of Communication, 16, 1551-1572.

Medeiros Neto, B., Amaral, I., & Ghuinea, G. (2022). Digital Convergence in Contemporary Newsrooms: Media Innovation, Content Adaptation, Digital Transformation, and Cyber Journalism. Cham: Springer.

Santos, S. J., Garraio, J., de Sousa Carvalho, A., & Amaral, I. (2021). A space to resist rape myths? Journalism, patriarchy and sexual violence. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 29(2) 298–315.

Correia, J. & Amaral, I. (Eds.) (2021). De que falamos quando dizemos jornalismo. Covilhã: Editora LabCom.

Amaral, I., Santos, S. J., Simões, R. B., & Brites, M. J. (2021). Digital Aging: Reinforcing Normative Masculinities on Instagram. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 12786, 335-348.

Amaral, I. & Simões, R. B. (2021). Violence, misogyny and racism: young adults’ perceptions of online hate speech. In J. J. Sánchez & A. B. Baéz (Eds.) Cosmovisión de la comunicación en redes sociales en la era postdigital (pp. 869-881). Madrid: McGraw-Hill.

Simões, R. B., Amaral, I., & Santos, S. J. (2021). The new feminist frontier on community-based learning: popular feminism, online misogyny, and toxic masculinities. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 12(2), 165-177.

Amaral, I. (2020). Citizens Beyond Troika: Media and Anti-Austerity Protests in Portugal. International Journal of Communication 14, 3309-3329.

Simões, R. B. & Amaral., I. (2020). Pós-feminismo, pós-racialismo e pós-colonialismo: A cobertura mediática da campanha de Joacine Katar Moreira. Ex-Aequo 42, 135-152.

Amaral. I. & Santos, S. (2020). Social networks and institutional communication: the case of Portuguese universities. Revista Prisma Social, (28), 20-43.