iNOVA Media Lab ˚ ˚ SMART
iNOVA Media Lab is an applied research laboratory devoted to an interdisciplinary convergence of digital media and emerging technologies.

The lab is coordinated by:
Paulo Nuno Vicente works as an Assistant Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he founded in 2016 and since then coordinates iNOVA Media Lab, a research and development laboratory dedicated to the study of immersive and interactive narrative, human interface technologies, innovation and digital transformation, new media literacies, science communication, social media and information visualization. He started his career as a non-fiction multimedia storyteller. As a journalist, multimedia documentary filmmaker, producer and director, he has worked extensively across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. As a digital entrepreneur, in 2013, he founded Bagabaga Studios, an interdisciplinary co-op dedicated to digital media production and advanced training. He holds a PhD on Digital Media (UT Austin Portugal) and he is an honored recipient of the prestigious German Marshall Fund of the United States Fellowship (2016) and Calouste Gulbenkian Prize – Knowledge (2019).

SMART is a group of researchers from iNOVA Media Lab who develop social media research techniques and research tools for media studies and software studies. We conduct exploratory and empirical research advanced by digital methods. By taking media methods and the web environment into account, we build tried-and-tested research techniques to digital social sciences and digital humanities, while engaging with (and learn from) the technicity-of-the-mediums. 

Janna Joceli Omena is an invited associate professor in Digital Media and Methods at NOVA University Lisbon. She is a founding member of iNOVA Media Lab, where she leads the #SMARTDataSprint, and a member of the Public Data Lab. Besides theorising and practising digital methods, she investigates the role of the technicity-of-the-mediums in digital research for methodological innovation.

Ana Marta M. Flores holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in journalism from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) with a partial completion at the University of Lisbon (Portugal). Is an integrated doctoral researcher at ICNOVA/iNOVA Media Lab and an invited professor at Information Management School, both at NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal). Currently works with digital methods as an approach to identify trends and understand the relationship between social platforms and journalism.

Elena Pilipets is a postdoc researcher at the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, and SMART (Social Media Research Techniques) researcher with iNOVA Media Lab, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal. Her teaching and research interests are media cultural studies, internet research, digital methods, affect, and actor-network theory.

Jason Chao is a technologist and human rights activist. He has backgrounds in political activism, LGBT+ advocacy and software development. Chao is currently researching the development of digital method tools as a doctoral researcher at the University of Siegen. He received an MSc in Big Data and Digital Futures from the University of Warwick and an MA in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London.

Rita Sepúlveda holds a PhD in Communication (ISCTE-IUL). Her work focuses on the transformation of intimacy in the context of online dating platforms appropriation. She is a researcher at CIES-IUL collaborating with MediaLab_ISCTE on projects in the scope of misinformation and part of SMART (Social Media Research Techniques) team. She developed a particular interest in methodologies, namely digital methods, to study collective and dynamic expressions in digital space.

Speakers ˚ ˚

Deen Freelon is an associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina and a principal researcher at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP). His theoretical interests address how ordinary citizens use social media and other digital communication technologies for political purposes, paying particular attention to how identity characteristics (e.g. race, gender, ideology) influence these uses. Methodologically, he is interested in how computational research techniques can be used to answer some of the most fundamental questions of communication science. Freelon has worked at the forefront of political communication and computational social science for over a decade, coauthoring some of the first communication studies to apply computational methods to social media data. Computer programming lies at the heart of his research practice, which generates novel tools (and sometimes methods) to answer questions existing approaches cannot address. He developed his first research tool, ReCal, as part of his master’s thesis, and it has since been used by tens of thousands of researchers worldwide. His scholarship has been financially supported by grantmakers including the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Spencer Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation; and published in top-tier journals including Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Freelon earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2012 and formerly taught at American University in Washington, D.C.

Warren Pearce is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he lectures in digital methods and leads the iHuman institute’s “Knowing Humans” research theme. His research interests include how digital platforms are changing experts and expertise, and the role of images in digital science communication. Warren draws on science and technology studies (STS), digital sociology and policy sciences to explore this agenda, fostering methodological innovation in the use of digital methods for visual analysis. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles on the multiple social dimensions of climate change, such as social media communication, search engine imagery, representation of climate science in film, the role of consensus in science and politics, and the political dangers of setting deadlines for action. His wide-ranging expertise led to his appointment as Contributing Author on the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, assessing the literature on the role of values in climate science and the mainstream and social media communication of climate change. Warren has also published widely on other scientific controversies such as Covid-19, genome editing, autism and more broadly on expertise and public trust.

Katrin Tiidenberg is a Professor of Participatory Culture at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia. She is the author and editor of award-winning books on social media, digital cultures and research methods, including, most recently “Tumblr” (2021, co-authored by Natalie Ann Hendry and Crystal Abidin), “Sex and Social Media” (2020, co-authored by Emily van der Nagel), “Selfies, why we love (and hate) them,” “Making sense of the Datafied World: a Methodological Guide” (2020, in Estonian, co-edited with Anu Masso and Andra Siibak) and “Metaphors of Internet: Ways of Being in the Age of Ubiquity” (2020, co-edited with Annette Markham). She is currently working on a project on rethinking sexuality and another one on the role of the internet in young people’s political participation. Her research interests include social media, digital cultures, visuality, sexuality, norms, governance and self-care. More info at:

Collaborators ˚ ˚

Bernhard Rieder is a Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and a collaborator with the Digital Methods Initiative. His research focuses on the history, theory, and politics of software and in particular on the role algorithms play in the production of knowledge and culture. This work includes the development, application, and analysis of computational research methods and the investigation of political and economic challenges posed by large online platforms.

Elias Bitencourt is a Assistant Professor of Design and new media studies at Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB, Brazil). His research focuses on algorithmic performativities, platform vernaculars, digital practicalities and digital methodologies. Research Background: Actor-Network Theory, STS, New materialisms, Platform studies, Digital Humanities, Digital Methods.

Fábio Castro Gouveia is a Public Health Technologist at Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) – Brazil, leader of the Science, Data, Networks and Metrics Research Group – (Scimetrics) and a researcher at the Zika Social Sciences Network ( Biologist, master in Microbiology and Immunology and DSc in Biological Chemistry (Education, Management and Diffusion of Biosciences), did a short post-doctorate as Visiting Fellow at Katolieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) selected in the 2009 call for proposals from the Coimbra Group Scholarships Program for Young Professors and Researchers from Latin American Universities. Together with Elaine Teixeira Rabello, won the Altmetric Research Award for Promising Altmetrics Research in 2020. Develops research in Information Sciences with emphasis on Information Metric Studies (Scientometrics, Webometrics, Altmetrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators), Digital Methods, Science and Technology Studies, Data Science and Blockchain Technology, and in the area of Science and Health Communication, with emphasis on studies on internet and social media.

Density Design Lab | | Italy

Ángeles Briones is a designer graduated from the Design School UC and Ph.D. in Communication Design obtained at the Politecnico di Milano with the thesis “Disclose to tell. A data design framework for alternative narratives”. She collaborates within the DensityDesign Research Lab where she is currently doing her post-doctorate and following teaching activities as an adjunct professor. She is also part of the Information Design UC Research Lab and VISDatos UC lab. Since 2018 she is part of the Public Data Lab, an international network of researchers working on the development of new formats for the creation and use of public data. Her area of research lies in data activism. She is interested in the various ways in which data visualization can be used to reveal opaque or hidden aspects of information for public knowledge, and in its potential for constructing alternative narratives to the dominant ones.

Alessandro Quets I am a Design Student at Politecnico di Milano, currently attending the last year of Master Degree in Communication Design, after achieving the bachelor degree in the same field at Politecnico di Milano. In these years I developed an interest in generative and automated processes, which brought me to deepen my knowledge and educational journey towards design through code, approaching creativity in a technical way.

Camilla De Aicims I am Camilla De Amicis, Master Degree Student in Communication Design, my Bachelor Degree was in Product Design always at Politecnico di Milano. My approach to design started with physical objects and my deep interest in the design aspects of daily life has found an answer through Data. I believe that Data can help us to read reality and many shades of life experiences through a qualitative as well as a quantitative approach.

Elena Aversa is a PhD candidate in Design at Politecnico di Milano, member of the Density Design team. Her research focuses on the relationship between Data Visualization and the reliability of information related to Covid-19. She finished her M.Sc. degree in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano, with a thesis on the circulation of disinformation on social networks. Her background also consists of a B.Sc. degree in Architecture Science at the same University.

Federico Meani I am a normal Communication Design student at Politecnico di Milano, currently trying to decide the subject of his final thesis and what to do with his life. I did my B.Sc degree in Communication Design at the Politecnico and now I am currently enrolled in the last year of my M.Sc. degree in the same discipline, spending the next semester at FH Salzburg. University made me realize that communication is a fundamental aspect of any successful project, understanding the importance of giving a personal touch to objects that are part of my daily life. Fortunately, with this awareness came also the learning of how to do it.

Maria Celeste Casolino My name is Maria Celeste Casolino, I am a 23-year-old communication designer and I am currently attending a Master’s Degree in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano. During my Bachelor’s degree at the Politecnico di Torino, in the same discipline, I took part in the Erasmus program at the Elisava University of Barcelona. My curiosity, motivation, and experiences have led me to develop a particular interest in areas such as data visualization and to focus more on my main interests including interaction design.

Mattia Mertens I am Mattia Mertens, currently enrolled in the last year of M.Sc. in Communication Design of Politecnico di Milano and in the Alta Scuola Politecnica program, where I developed a passion for digital interaction and web development and a very pragmatic and methodical approach towards design projects.

Social Media Research Foundation | | USA

Harald Meier is a network analyst with geographical background. He founded the Digital Space Lab in 2011 where he conducts a variety of network analyses on social, economic and political topics. Since 2015 Harald has been Chief Data Scientist at the Social Media Research Foundation providing NodeXL talks and training sessions across Europe.

Participants ˚ ˚

Ágota Végső I’m a PhD student in Digital Media at NOVA FCSH Lisboa. I’m a Hungarian animated film director, illustrator, and producer. I finished my studies at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, MOME in Budapest (MA Animation 2012, MA visual culture teacher 2013). Since 2014 I have worked for The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW/VIA UC) as a production manager and producer leading a collaboration with TED-Ed. I’m part of the Sci-Vi initiative in Viborg Denmark. Currently, I’m investigating the vital role of animation in science communication as a Ph.D. student at NOVA University Lisbon (NOVA FCSH).

Anna Pruttseva I am Anna Pruttseva, a master’s student of the TISE program who is interested in public opinion research. Previously I studied Advertising and public relations, now my interest is connected with the global sustainability agenda and the promotion of this concept. However, any information campaign begins with audience analysis, so I am actively developing my skills in digital methods.

Bia Silveira Carneiro Bia is the Social Research & Media Specialist for the CGIAR FOCUS Climate Security program, where she leads the digital innovation strategy through the application of digital research methods. She is a social scientist with 20 years’ professional experience in communications and international development. She holds a Joint Major in Communication and Latin American Studies from Simon Fraser University, Canada; a specialisation in Social Policy Management from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil; and a MSc Social Policy and Development from London School of Economics, UK. She is currently a PhD Sociology candidate at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.  

Carla Delgado I have a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a master’s degree in Health Care Units Management from the University of Minho. More recently, in the academic year 2020-2021, in order to improve my skills in quantitative analysis I attended the Postgraduate Course in Computational Statistics and Data Analysis at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. This year I am attending the PhD in Digital Media at the University of Porto. 

Cristina Miguel PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Digital Communication at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She received her PhD in Media and Communications (2016) from the University of Leeds, UK. Cristina is a multidisciplinary Internet researcher. Her research interests include digital culture (network intimacy, online communities, and online privacy) and the digital economy (the sharing economy and the political economy of social media).

Chiara Miozzo is a scholar in the Erasmus Mundus Master “Transition, Innovation and Sustainability Environments”. With a Bachelor in Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage and a Minor in Computer and Data Science, her research interests revolve around the connections between humanities and the ICT.

Danielle Sanches Researcher at FGV DAPP. Her research areas include Environmental Humanities, Biodiversity and Digital Humanities. Within the perspective of Digital Humanities she has been working with the application of digital methodologies linked to Spatial Analysis, Network Analysis and Text Analysis through the application of Natural Language Processing and Text Mining. Currently develops research in Digital Methods, focusing on the influence of algorithmic culture on social practices

Débora Alves Currently doing a Post-Graduation in Post-GraduationScience and Technology Management and Policies.

Franziska Schranz is a Master candidate in the Erasmus Mundus Master “Transition, Innovation and Sustainability Environments”. Holds a Bachelor in Innovation, Engineering and Management and was working 2.5 years as a Innovation manager in the B2B market. Her research interests are communication strategies in the digital environment.

Francisco W. Kerche is a master candidate in the Sociology program of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His research discusses the political impact of the YouTube algorithm on the Brazilian discussion of COVID-19.

Geraldine Bengsch is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Communication Studies at King’s College London. She is currently also undertaking a MSc in ML and AI. She enjoys teaching others about the potential of digital methods in the Social Science, especially in qualitative research.

Giulia Tucci is a PhD candidate in the Information Sciences Graduate Program at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Her research involves computer programming, digital platforms analytics, digital methods, and political studies.   

Ilya Lavrov is a master student in «Transition, Innovation and Sustainability Environments» Erasmus Mundus programme. He graduated with honours from MGIMO University with a Political Science major. His research interests revolve around digital political communication, public policy and digital transformation, which affects the political and civil society landscape.

Kathrin Friederike Müller is a Privatdozentin at the University of Münster and a lecturer at the Department for Media Research, University of Rostock. She is a scholar in Communications and also the chair of the division “Media, Public Spheres and Gender” of the German Communication Association. Her research interests are Mediatization, Gender Studies, Cultural Media Studies, Audience and Reception Studies and Qualitative Methods of Empirical Social Research.

Eduardo Rojas-Padilla I am a scientist with an interdisciplinary background combining Plant Biotechnology with Innovation Sciences. My personal research question as a scientist is why plant biotechnological innovations have not delivered the changes they can potentially achieve? On that line, my research interest is on the governance of food technology transitions. In my project, I use SNA and digital methods, but I am also interested in qualitative approaches like framing and discourse.

Emillie de Keulenaar is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen, a researcher at the University of Amsterdam’s Open Intelligence Lab and the United Nation’s Department of Peacebuilding and Political Affairs. Her interests lie in the history and impact of speech moderation from a cross-platform perspective, as well as the effects of deep disagreements in the production of online misinformation.

Ian Reilly I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. My research explores the intersections of political discourse, humour, political economy, and media activism. I am the author of Media Hoaxing: The Yes Men and Utopian Politics (2018), published by Lexington Books. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on communication theory, visual communication, platform politics, communication technology, and media and social change. 

Juliana Monteiro Born in Porto in 1984, Juliana Monteiro graduated in Communication Sciences at the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2006. In 2011, she enrolled in an MA in Multimedia, with specialization in Education, concluded in 2013. Passionate about storytelling, digital media and the many representations of reality they are able to endure, Juliana developed her digital storytelling skills through her contribution to several projects as social media and communication strategist. Juliana is currently Ph.D. Candidate in the Doctoral Program in Digital 

Juliana Valentim is a Digital Media PhD Student at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. Her research is at the intersection of Media and Cultural Studies and Technology. She is a media expert with several years of experience in Social Communication, Marketing, and Advertising in the media, Internet, and public sectors. Her research interests are Digital Methods, Cybernetics, Participatory Research, and Critical Studies in Communication and Media. She holds an MSC in Multimedia (University of Porto), an MBA in Marketing (Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil), and a BA in Social Communication (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil). She was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship by FCT and ESF Funding in Portugal for the project “Civic Games: Videogames as Instruments for Media Literacy and Citizenship in the Digital Era” (2020.08355.BD), under the supervision of Dr Pedro Cardoso (University of Aveiro), Dr António Coelho (University of Porto/ Inesc Tec), and Dr Ricardo Melo (Fraunhofer AICOS). 

Karine Ehn As a researcher with an international background, I consider myself a neo- nomad, not having strong connections to any particular place or nation. I am researching the conversations that are constantly emerging in social networks on topics that may affect the development and multi-factorial dynamics of neo- nomadism. My PhD in Communication Science is devoted to understanding the nature of these conversations as well as underlying intentions and narratives. In particular, my goal is to better understand the interplay of the effects of these conversations on decision making processes in individuals and communities (collectives). Prior to my PhD studies at Lusofona University I was working as consumer analyst at Scandinavian Airlines in Stockholm,  Sweden and did several behavioural research projects together with Magnus Söderlund at Stockholm School of Economics. 

Leonardo Pastor is a Assistant Professor at Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS, Brazil) and researcher at the Center for Studies on Bodies, Sensitivities and Environments (ECSAS/UFBA). His research focuses on digital culture, everyday photographic practices and online image-sharing. Research Background: Pragmatism, STS, Actor-Network Theory, Digital Ethnography. 

Lucas Roberto da Silva Researcher at FGV DAPP. He has a master’s degree in Computer Science at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and researches  Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning, and Social Network Analysis.

Marcela Canabarro Journalist with a Ph.D. in Digital Media (University of Porto) and M.A. in Communication and Culture (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), currently working as a researcher at FGV DAPP. Her research interests relate to communication & data, communicative practices in the context of informational capitalism, platforms & AI regulation and networked activism.

Maria Teixeira I’m a 23-year-old master’s student in science communication in NOVA FCSH, where I’ve been studying for the last 5 years, and currently I’m writing a thesis about social media discourses, in which data science and new digital methods play a crucial role. I’ve been studying areas such as big data, topic modelling, NLP and network detection over the past few months alongside my advisor, and SMART Data Sprint, especially being in my school, would be of tremendous significance in this final stage of my thesis, since it focuses on mostly all the themes in which I’ve been exploring.

Marissa González I am a doctoral student in the Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology from the Institute of Anthropological Research (IIA) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I am reading a Master’s in digital communication and Bachelor of Communication with a specialty in audiovisual media from the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the same university. I am doing at the moment in the doctorate entitled: The heterosexy self-representation of the female body in young Mexican women, Digital youth culture and practices on Instagram and TikTok.

Marius Liedtke I am a master student in the Social and Cultural Studies program of Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). In my research I am exploring digital collectivities that revolve around political YouTube-creators. In 2019, I published a monitoring report on this subject for Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation. In my thesis, I am using a controversy analysis-approach to map the debate within the left-wing influencer scene regarding differing normative ideas about social media advocacy. Besides my studies, I work for a digital education agency, a research project on biographies of young far-right activists and give workshops on different topics concerning political online communication.

Mikayla Brown is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant at Temple University where she studies surveillance technology. She is a recipient of Temple’s prestigious Future Faculty Fellowship. Her core interest is in ‘play’ or using digital methods to study the web, online devices, and digital platforms for research into social, ethical, and legal implications. She received her B.A. from Hunter College in Media Studies with a focus in Women and Gender Studies. While completing her M.A. degree in New Media and Digital Culture at The University of Amsterdam, Mikayla participated in UvA’s Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) Winter School, Off-Screen, and Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). In addition to The University of Pittsburgh, she has spoken at Arizona State University and The University of Amsterdam about the media industry, algorithms, and digital-visual representation. She was a featured panelist at The Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) 2021 where she presented about data after death or the digital afterlife. Her prior research includes infrastructural analysis of private-public surveillance in The Red-Light District, ethical concerns embedded in risk assessment tools, and digital methodological research on Twitter, 4chan, and Reddit surrounding U.S. political dichotomies, civil rights, activism, and the way women are visually constructed through men’s rights groups on online forums. Currently, Mikayla is applying for the prestigious Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Fellowship to study surveillance presence on the U.S./Mexico border. She is also working on a 3D design of a transportable museum that will travel around the Lower Mississippi Delta region and will feature artwork of all forms from local artists. Mikayla has over 8 years of industry experience working in fashion public relations, digital marketing, and political advertising where she used neuromarketing software to attract million-dollar donors and persuade voter behavior. This contentious industry experience sparked her interest in looking into the ethics and legality of digital technology, namely surveillance software. Mikayla is always interested in expanding her skills as a cultural-technology researcher and meeting other researchers – especially if it involves traveling to new locales.

Nabeel Siddiqui Dr. Nabeel Siddiqui is a scholar of digital humanities, the history of information science, new media rhetoric, and science and technology studies. He holds a PhD in American Studies from William and Mary and is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Susquehanna University. In the past, he has held fellowships from the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory and Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Currently, he is completing a manuscript entitled Byting Out the Public: Personal Computers and the Private Sphere, which analyzes  the personal computer’s domestication in America during the 1970s and 1980.

Ngan Pham is currently an Erasmus Mundus MSc student in the Transition, Innovation and Sustainability Environment (TISE) Program. Her interests include international studies, sustainability, and illustrations. She is passionate about making the internet more accessible, inclusive and fun for people from different backgrounds. Originally from Vietnam, Ngan holds an honors B.A. in English with a focus on languages and culture. She has over 4 years of experience in international education, working primarily with universities, companies and organizations to promote sustainable cultural, professional exchanges. She is also a part of various volunteer/ non-profit projects and organizations, working with organizations such as the US Embassy in Vietnam.

Pinto Francisco Impito My background is audiovisual narratives, filming, editing, graphic design and content creation in general. Back to the University where I work in Mozambique, I’ve been teaching  at journalism course and visual education course where handled subjects like Radio & TV direction; Contemporary digital media; digital media intership; Photography, editing, graphic design 1 & 2 , Introduction to cinema, etc. I am not that well experienced but I have trustworth knowledges  

Renan Alfenas de Mattos is a Sandwich PhD Student at NOVA Institute of Communication (PDSE Scholarship – Sandwich Doctoral Program Abroad / CAPES, Brazil) and a PhD Student in Sociology at UFF (Fluminense Federal University  Brazil). His research interests are on digital activism on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Telegram, as well as the analysis of political discourse and the political communication of populist groups. He is also a researcher at Digital Sociology Laboratory of UFF and Discourse, Social Networks and Socio-Political Identities Research Group of UFRRJ (Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).

Rita Grácio Sociologist (BA & MA, Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra; PhD University of Exeter), with research interests in sociology of arts and culture, work and organizations, qualitative methods. Researcher and professor at Lusófona University.

Sabrina Almeida Political scientist. She has a doctorate in Political Science (UFMG) and is a researcher at FGV DAPP. She studies political behavior with emphasis in participation, social capital and political intolerance, as well as method and research on social media.

Sercan Kiyak I am a Ph.D. student at KU Leuven Media Studies Institute with a sociology and  Digital Humanities background. I have experience in Python, SQL, HTML, and similar practical languages. I am interested in developing my digital research skills, especially social network analysis, in modeling social media networks and engaging with politics and migration issues.

Shuvro Sen I am currently a student of NOVA FCSH as an Erasmus Mundus awardee. I had completed my post-graduation at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh before. Have a two years of work experience at a research project as a Research Associate. My research interest is CSR, Corporate Governance in Fashion industry.

Sofia P. Caldeira is a researcher at CICANT, Lusófona University. She holds a Communication Sciences PhD from Ghent University, Belgium (2020), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Her research focuses primarily on feminist media studies, social media, self-representation practices, politics of gender representation, and everyday aesthetics. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of ECREA’s Digital Culture and Communication section.

Thais Lobo is a research/teaching assistant in the Digital Humanities department at King’s College London. Her research interests involve the use of digital methods in the context of journalistic investigations into digital platforms and cultures.