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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Ricardo Ribeiro Ferreira

Ricardo Ribeiro Ferreira
Ricardo Ribeiro Ferreira
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Research Interests
Journalism and democracy, Media Capture, Disinformation, Populism, State-media relations, Social media and politics, Brazil

PhD candidate in Politics. Political communication and journalism studies researcher. Journalist, I also worked for the main Brazilian media outlets as a reporter, editor and international correspondent over 17 years. @000ricardo


Peer-reviewed Publications

Alcantara, J., and Ferreira, R. R. (2020). “Little flu” infodemic: an analysis on disinformation and coronavirus in Brazil. Chasqui. Revista Latinoamericana de Comunicación1(145), 137-162.

Ferreira, R. R. (2018). Network of lies: the spread of fake news in the Brazilian presidential pre-campaign. Observatorio (OBS*), 12(5), 139-162.


Other Publications

Ferreira, R. R. (2019). Disinformation in electoral processes: a 2018 Brazilian election case study (masters dissertation). University of Coimbra, Portugal.



Disinformation in electoral processes. International Seminar Rethinking Brazilian journalism in times of populism and disinformation, Universidade Nova de Lisboa - January 13, 2020.

Hijacked democracy: Impacts of disinformation on social media in the 2018 Brazilian presidential election. VIII Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies, University of Cambridge - October 5, 2019.



MSc in Journalism and Communication
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (2017-2019)
Visiting researcher - University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018) - Erasmus

BA in Social Communication - Journalism
Universidade Católica de Santos, Brazil (2002-2005)



Media socio-economics  (invited lecturer) - University of Coimbra

Media, Gender and Representation (invited lecturer) - University of Coimbra



Best Students Award 2018/2019 - University of Coimbra

Merit Diploma 2017/2018 - University of Coimbra


CiênciaVittae (Portugal)
CnpqLattes (Brazil)